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Open Thread: Cubs vs. White Sox, Sunday 7/2, 1:20 CT

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Today marks the halfway point in the Cubs' season, the eighty-first game.

Since the 162-game schedule was instituted in the NL in 1962 (not counting strike years), the Cubs have been this bad through the first 81 games only twice: in 1966, when they tied the club record for losses (103), they hit the halfway mark at 25-56. In 1962, when they first set that club record for losses, they were 30-51.

They'll have to win today to avoid being the second-worst Cub team in the expansion era at the halfway mark.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Carlos Zambrano
C. Zambrano
vs. Mark Buehrle
M. Buehrle
White Sox
6-3 W-L 9-4
2.95 ERA 3.22
112 SO 47
62 BB 28
12 HR 12
vs. Sox -- vs. Cubs
Z is the only Cub pitcher to have beaten the White Sox this year; Buehrle also beat the Cubs during the series at the Cell in May. Z should have won his last start, but was the victim of Ryan Dempster's previous implosion.

As I pointed out back then, the Sox ought to start Rob Mackowiak vs. Z, as he is now 10-for-28 lifetime (.357) against him. Conversely, just as he did on May 19, Jacque Jones ought to sit today, since he is 1-for-27 lifetime vs. Buehrle, with 12 strikeouts. Derrek Lee, who missed the May series, is 3-for-3 in his career vs. Buehrle, with a 2B and a HR.

Discuss amongst yourselves.