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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Giants, Friday 9/9

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Old Giants prospect faces new Giants prospect tonight.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Jerome Williams
J. Williams
Cubs
vs. Matt Cain
M. Cain
Giants
5-7 W-L 1-1
4.77 ERA 2.25
56 SO 6
36 BB 5
12 HR 1

Williams has been erratic this year -- several good starts, several bad ones, just when you think he's toast, he has another good one, as last Sunday at Pittsburgh.

He's pitched way better on the road (4-1, 3.92 ERA) than at home (1-6, 5.60). Caveat: there's a "home" start at SBC Park included in those numbers, so we'll have to hope he throws better there as a visitor.

Cain is 21 years old and making his third major league start. My SB Nation colleague John Sickels has just begun a new feature at his Minor League Ball site -- putting a "crystal ball" to prospects, guessing what their career stats will look like 20 years from now. Here's how he foresees Cain's career.

Incidentally, if you'd like to see similar stuff for Cub prospects, leave a comment for John on the site -- I'd love to see what he sees for Felix Pie, Eric Patterson and Sean Gallagher.

Discuss amongst yourselves.