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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Cardinals, Saturday 6/3, 3:05 CT

Once again, we are "treated" to the spectacle of Cubs baseball on regional TV, on ... well, some Fox stations, anyway.

Other Fox games today: Braves/Diamondbacks, Giants/Mets, Angels/Indians, Twins/A's, and Phillies/Dodgers.

That means the Cubs are probably limited to the Central time zone, except in areas that would be Twins country (Minnesota/northern Wisconsin/Iowa, would be my guess).

Otherwise you are SOL.

FWIW, it has been eighty years since a Cub team last won a 14-inning game in St. Louis -- also a 5-4 win, on April 19, 1926.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Glendon Rusch
G. Rusch
vs. Mark Mulder
M. Mulder
1-5 W-L 5-3
7.05 ERA 4.52
31 SO 38
17 BB 21
13 HR 11
vs. StL -- vs. Cubs

The last game Rusch started was the 16-2 loss to the Brewers on April 29, the game that started the bleeding that's only been stanched, a bit, in the last week. Since that start he has made seven relief appearances. Five of them were scoreless; in one he gave up five earned runs to the Padres (May 10), and the other was in last Sunday's farce against the Braves, where he allowed three earned runs in four innings, even while striking out nine. He has allowed 13 HR in 37 IP, which would translate to approximately 75 HR in a "normal" starter's season. His ERA has not been lower than 6.41 all year, and the Cubs have won only one of the 12 games in which he's appeared.

I'm trying to get ALL the bad stuff about Rusch out here, so maybe he won't put it out on the field today.

It's too bad Derrek Lee is out for many reasons, but this game is one I'll bet he'd love to play in. He is 11-for-15 lifetime vs. Mulder. For his part, Mulder has already defeated the Cubs once this year. Otherwise he has seemed fairly mortal -- especially in his last start, when the Padres beat the living daylights out of him (8 ER in 4.1 IP). Sad to say, Neifi! has hit him well -- 9 for 25 -- so I'd expect to see him in the lineup, along with Phil Nevin, getting his first Cub start.

Finally, Adam Greenberg, who was hitting a combined .179 between Iowa and West Tenn, has been released. At 25, with no meaningful experience above Double-A, I suspect this might be it for him. I'd love to see him stay in baseball as a coach -- I think he's got the smarts to someday be a good manager. And he'll always be remembered for the one major league pitch he faced last year.

Discuss amongst yourselves.