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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Astros, Monday 6/5, 7:05 CT

It's an amazing dichotomy.

Some of you may be old enough to remember when Leo Durocher, managing the Cubs, complained to the umpires and Astros management about the light-&-sound show the Astrodome scoreboard was putting on -- it was something new to baseball, and the old-school Durocher bristled at it.

Can you imagine something like that happening today?

The Astrodome was a real House of Pain for the Cubs over the years; from 1965 to its closing in 1999, the Cubs were 79-135 there, and also 9-18 in the Astros' predecessor incarnation as the Colts, in Colt Stadium.

But in Enron/Minute Maid they are 30-25, which includes a perfect 5-0 record with me in attendance there in 2004 and 2005. (Sorry, I couldn't make this series!)

Let's carry on THAT fine tradition beginning tonight!

Today's Starting Pitchers
Carlos Zambrano
C. Zambrano
Cubs
vs. Taylor Buchholz
T. Buchholz
Astros
3-3 W-L 3-4
3.42 ERA 5.55
85 SO 31
44 BB 16
10 HR 10
vs. Hou -- vs. Cubs
Keep Z away from Craig Biggio, who has 2 HR and 7 walks lifetime against him, and Mike Lamb, who is 6-for-14 in his career.

Buchholz, as have quite a number of pitchers this year, has never faced the Cubs. He has given up eight or more runs in three of his nine starts this year.

Time to put the hitting shoes on.

Discuss amongst yourselves.