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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Pirates, Saturday 4/15, 6:05 CT

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This matchup could go just about any way. Duke handled the Cubs masterfully in 2005 -- 2-0, 2 starts, 16 IP, just one earned run. This year, Duke has one good start (for a no-decision) and one bad one, 7 earned runs allowed in 5 innings to the Dodgers.

Meanwhile, Williams was very shaky in spring training, but his last two relief outings were solid.

As Duke is lefthanded, and tomorrow's scheduled starter, Ian Snell, is not, I'd expect Jerry Hairston to get the start again tonight, even though Todd Walker went 4-for-5 on Friday. Orange Guy is 3-for-6 lifetime off Duke.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Jerome Williams
J. Williams
Cubs
vs. Zach Duke
Z. Duke
Pirates
0-0 W-L 0-1
3.60 ERA 6.55
2 SO 6
5 BB 5
1 HR 3
Under the category of "You can never get too much of Greg Maddux", here is an excellent Tim Kurkjian article on Maddux in which he details Greg's approach to pitching. Read it and you'll see exactly why Maddux is so successful.

Discuss amongst yourselves.