From the National Weather Service's Chicago metro forecast:
A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly cloudy, with a high around 75. Southwest wind between 5 and 10 mph.Southwest wind. Blowing out. Eric Milton pitching; he allowed 40 HR last year and 43 in 2004, and has given up 233 in 234 career starts. For comparison's sake, the record for such things is 505, held by Robin Roberts. No, not this Robin Roberts. And it took Roberts the pitcher 4688 innings to do that; Milton has allowed almost half that many HR in 1/4 the innings, 1381 career innings.
So, gentlemen, warm up your bats, particularly Derrek Lee, who has homered three times in 17 career AB vs. Milton, and Aramis Ramirez (9-for-24, 3 HR), if he's good to go today.
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