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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Astros, Tuesday 6/13, 7:05 CT

We have discussed some very heavy and contentious topics the last couple of days, with a lot of thoughtful posts.

Now, let's just focus on tonight's game; the Cubs have the chance to win four in a row for the first time in almost a year -- since July 8-15, 2005, when they won 5 in a row sandwiched around the All-Star break.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Sean Marshall
S. Marshall
vs. Andy Pettitte
A. Pettitte
3-4 W-L 5-7
4.43 ERA 5.81
47 SO 30
27 BB 30
5 HR 14
vs. Hou -- vs. Cubs

Intriguing. Marshall is throwing against the Astros for the second straight start; he threw that gem last Wednesday, only to lose to someone throwing better.

Pettitte is 1-3 with an 8.64 ERA on the road this year. He is 0-2, 4.40 lifetime vs. the Cubs (0-1, 7.11 at Wrigley Field). Naturally, that probably means he's in line to throw a 3-hit shutout tonight.

The Cubs are 7-1 in home night games, for whatever THAT is worth.

Discuss amongst yourselves.