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

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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
Cubs
vs. Jason Marquis
J. Marquis
Cardinals
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.