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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Giants, Saturday 9/10

In today's Sun-Times, Mike Kiley writes about Nomar's future:

So while Garciaparra is helping out the Cubs now as a starting third baseman because of Aramis Ramirez's injury, he could be auditioning for a job at that position or in the outfield for another club next season.

Ramirez will be back as the Cubs' third baseman. But manager Dusty Baker sounded intrigued by Garciaparra emerging as an outfielder.

"I'd rather have it here, because he can hit," Baker said about Garciaparra possibly changing positions.

What is Kiley, Nomar's agent? He keeps writing about Nomar doing whatever he will do next year "for another team", but this snippet seems to indicate that the Cubs have already begun to consider, and Nomar has too, a possible future as Cub left fielder. Random thought: if Ramirez does come back this year -- not advised, incidentally -- could Nomar spend a few games in left field even in 2005?

Hey, maybe Jim Hendry's actually reading Chuck and me.

Well, I can dream, can't I?

Today's Starting Pitchers
Mark Prior
M. Prior
vs. Brad Hennessey
B. Hennessey
10-5 W-L 4-6
3.69 ERA 4.96
160 SO 51
47 BB 42
23 HR 13

Despite having 93 starts over three-plus seasons in the majors, Prior has faced the Giants only once, on May 1, 2003. He threw six innings and allowed a run, and was not involved in the decision -- that day, the Cubs won in ten innings on an Alex Gonzalez three-run homer. Check out that boxscore -- you already know the Cubs have barely anyone left from two years ago, but the Giants don't either.

Hennessey is yet another in the Giants' seemingly endless stable of top draft pick pitchers. His only appearance vs. the Cubs so far in his career was as the starting and losing pitcher the day Greg Maddux won his 300th game last summer. His numbers this year are nearly identical to what he put up last year, suggesting that what you see is what you get from him.

Discuss amongst yourselves.