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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Braves, Tuesday 8/23

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It's a gorgeous day in Chicago -- 78 degrees outside my window, low humidity -- and there's a major league ballgame at the world's most beautiful ballpark tonight.

OK, so I'm reaching.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Jerome Williams
J. Williams
Cubs
vs. John Thomson
J. Thomson
Braves
3-6 W-L 3-3
5.13 ERA 4.53
46 SO 39
28 BB 16
11 HR 4

Apropos of nothing: the last time Williams started was ten days ago, August 13 against the Cardinals. His opponent that day, Chris Carpenter, made his major league debut on May 12, 1997 -- one day after tonight's starter, John Thomson, made his.

Why did I think of this? Because Yahoo's ID number for Thomson is 5772, and Carpenter's is 5771, meaning they were added to their database sequentially.

Why should we care about this? Well, we shouldn't. But it'll take your mind off a losing streak, right?

Thomson is 1-5 with a 6.23 ERA in 7 lifetime starts against the Cubs. You guys all know what that means.

Williams has started twice in his career vs. Atlanta, no decisions and a 4.97 ERA.

Since the Cubs won the 2003 NLDS in Atlanta, they are 3-8 against the Braves, including losing all five games this year.

Discuss amongst yourselves.