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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Astros, Wednesday 6/14, 7:05 CT

The good news is, Glendon Rusch isn't pitching tonight.

The bad news is, Roy Oswalt is. Oswalt has been on the DL with a strained side muscle; this is his first game back.

You likely remember that there's bad blood between Oswalt and Michael Barrett. With a day game tomorrow, tonight would be a good time to start Henry Blanco.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Greg Maddux
G. Maddux
vs. Roy Oswalt
R. Oswalt
7-5 W-L 5-3
4.68 ERA 3.11
44 SO 53
18 BB 16
7 HR 6
vs. Hou -- vs. Cubs
Maddux has been unbeatable at home this year: 4-0 with a 2.01 ERA.

Unfortunately (depending on how you look at it), one of the best Cub hitters vs. Oswalt is Neifi Perez -- 6-for-15 lifetime. This is one day I hope Dusty Baker doesn't play the "matchup". Aramis Ramirez has hit three HR lifetime off Oswalt. Time for him to step up, already.

Discuss amongst yourselves.