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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Cardinals, Saturday 8/13

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Is this season a train wreck?

Read this and decide for yourselves!



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Today's Starting Pitchers
Jerome Williams
J. Williams
Cubs
vs. Chris Carpenter
C. Carpenter
Cardinals
3-5 W-L 16-4
5.18 ERA 2.26
39 SO 161
24 BB 39
10 HR 11

On paper, this is an enormous mismatch. Carpenter's leading the majors in wins and winning percentage, is second in ERA, has won eight in a row and has had exactly one really poor start this year -- giving up eight earned runs in 3.1 IP to the Phillies on April 10.

Meanwhile, Williams has been up and down, and lately, more down than up.

This is why we play the games, right?

Discuss amongst yourselves.