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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Dodgers, Monday 4/17, 9:10 CT

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Key stat for tonight's matchup: Brett Tomko has already allowed five home runs - and hasn't even faced the Reds yet! He did manage to beat the Phillies in his first start.

Greg Maddux has been, as you know, outstanding this season so far.

I've added an extra link to the pitcher box -- click on the link at the bottom, and you'll get an ESPN page showing what today's opponents have done against the Cub pitcher, and what Cub hitters have done against the opposing hurler.

Finally, it is official -- David Aardsma has been recalled to replace Angel Pagan on the 25-man roster. For those who keep track of such things, Aardsma wore uniform #54 during spring training, and I would expect he'd keep that number. The last Cub to wear #54 in a regular-season game was Ron Mahay. Only three other players have worn that number in the last fifty years -- Mark Clark, Jeremi Gonzalez, and Rich Gossage.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Greg Maddux
G. Maddux
Cubs
vs. Brett Tomko
B. Tomko
Dodgers
2-0 W-L 1-0
1.46 ERA 6.55
8 SO 8
4 BB 2
1 HR 5
vs. LA -- vs. Cubs
Discuss amongst yourselves.