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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Cardinals, Sunday 7/30, 1:20 CT

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There are far too many possible jinxes to mess with regarding this game, so let's try this one:

If the Cubs win today, they will clinch their first winning month since April -- they're 12-11 so far in July.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Carlos Zambrano
C. Zambrano
Cubs
vs. Chris Carpenter
C. Carpenter
Cardinals
11-3 W-L 10-4
3.27 ERA 2.68
147 SO 114
77 BB 32
16 HR 14
vs. StL -- vs. Cubs
Carpenter has a great record against the Cubs -- 6-1 in ten career starts, a 2.92 ERA and only eight walks in 71 innings. He has one start against the Cubs this year -- allowing no runs on April 8 in a game the Cubs won 3-2.

Z also throws well against St. Louis -- 4-4 in 14 career appearances (13 starts), a 2.46 ERA, and he was the winner in that April 8 game.

Today is also Hall of Fame induction day; Bruce Sutter and 17 Negro League players and executives will gain entry to the Hall. It's the latter of those -- the Negro League inductees, who do NOT include Buck O'Neil -- that is the subject of this excellent Jeff Passan column at Yahoo in which he suggests creating a new Hall award, the "Buck O'Neil Award for Meritorious Contribution":

... the enshrinee could come from any aspect of the game, so long as he ? or she ? left a long, lasting and worthwhile contribution. Buck would be the first recipient, of course, and naturally he would spend the entirety of his speech talking about other people.
Passan goes on to suggest possible recipients: Marvin Miller, Bill James, Dr. Frank Jobe, even Scott Boras, among others.

I wholeheartedly agree.

Also today, our SB Nation sister site Over The Monster has a terrific post on why every baseball fan should make a pilgrimage to Cooperstown once in his or her life. I've been there twice and someday will return. Don't miss it.

Discuss amongst yourselves.