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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Cardinals, Wednesday 9/7

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After forty seasons, Busch Stadium will close forever at the end of 2005.

The Cubs won't miss it; from 1966 through yesterday they have a 140-190 record there -- a .424 winning percentage, though they in general play the Cardinals fairly even over a long period of time.

In the last ten seasons, from 1996 through yesterday's game, it's even worse: 20-51.

So, Cub fans, why not join in on the raffle to see who gets to push the button to blow the place up? I can just imagine the look on the Cardinals' officials' faces if a Cub fan won this and showed up in full Cubs garb. The raffle is open to residents of Missouri and Illinois, so if you live in one of those states, why not?

Today's Starting Pitchers
Greg Maddux
G. Maddux
Cubs
vs. Mark Mulder
M. Mulder
Cardinals
11-11 W-L 15-6
4.41 ERA 3.62
112 SO 96
30 BB 59
24 HR 16

The math is simple: five starts left for Maddux, four wins needed to keep the 15-victory-season streak alive. He threw a CG win against St. Louis at Wrigley Field earlier this year.

Mulder's having a nice year but the Cubs beat the living daylights out of him in the same game in which Maddux threw his CG.

Discuss amongst yourselves.