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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Cardinals, Friday 8/12

We've been having a pretty severe drought here in northern Illinois this summer.

But couldn't it rain next week, instead of now?

Today's Starting Pitchers
Carlos Zambrano
C. Zambrano
vs. Jason Marquis
J. Marquis
8-4 W-L 9-10
3.30 ERA 4.24
134 SO 68
65 BB 55
19 HR 10

Yesterday's top Cardinal pinch-hitter takes to the mound. He is 0-4 with a 6.56 ERA over his last four starts. May the Cubs make that record worse today.

Ignore all the breathless Greg Maddux is going to retire stories. He's far too much of a competitor to do that. He'll be back.

In his column today, the Daily Herald's Bruce Miles assigns percentages of the blame for this year's debacle. I think he's too low for the players, and too low for Jim Hendry.

But clearly, there's enough to go around.

As I mentioned yesterday, Ken from Die-Hard Cubs Fun joined me in the bleachers... what you didn't know is that I spent part of the rain delay teaching Corey Patterson plate discipline.

Discuss amongst yourselves.