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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Dodgers, Monday 8/29

These are not your father's Dodgers, or even your older brother's.

Paul DePodesta has pretty much ripped apart the old Dodgers and attempted to re-make them in the image of his mentor, Billy Beane. I'd say their 59-71 record so far doesn't speak so well for hie efforts, though in the bizarro world of the NL West, they are actually closer to a playoff spot than the Cubs are.

Olmedo "No-Parking" Saenz and about six guys named
Ja(y)son make up the New Dodgers.

You'll recognize Hee-Seop Choi, of course (and he didn't have that hyphen when he was a Cub), Jeff Kent (boo!) and Jose Valentin, who has been terrible this year but has a .963 lifetime OPS vs. the Cubs in 158 AB.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Jerome Williams
J. Williams
vs. D. J. Houlton
D. Houlton
4-6 W-L 4-7
4.74 ERA 4.86
51 SO 72
31 BB 33
12 HR 11

Williams, who threw very well in his last start, is 2-1 with a 2.75 ERA in three career starts against the Dodgers.

Houlton, a rookie, has never faced the Cubs. The Dodgers have lost his last nine starts and he's 0-6 with three no-decisions. I'm sure you guys know what THAT means.

Discuss amongst yourselves.