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

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Here's an interesting note: the Cubs did not allow a HR yesterday. That was the first time in ten games that they hadn't allowed a HR -- since June 24 at Minnesota.

The Cubs are 15-13 in games in which the opposition hasn't homered; 15-40 in games they've allowed a HR.

Didn't matter yesterday, of course, since they lost anyway; just thought you'd like to see this.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Sean Marshall
S. Marshall
vs. Roy Oswalt
R. Oswalt
4-7 W-L 6-4
5.19 ERA 3.27
59 SO 74
42 BB 22
9 HR 9
vs. Hou -- vs. Cubs

Well, this would appear to be a mismatch -- Marshall has already lost twice to the Astros this year. Of course, that's not unusual -- the Cubs won the first time they faced Houston this year, 8-0, the day Carlos Zambrano nearly threw a no-hitter, and have lost all seven since.

The last time an Astros team swept the Cubs in Houston was September 10-12, 1999, which was also the last series the Cubs played in the since-imploded Astrodome.

Oswalt has won one game in the last two months -- naturally, against the Cubs, June 14 at Wrigley Field.

What more can I say? This game means something to the Astros, who are four games out of first place and two games out of the wild-card lead despite being a .500 team.

Discuss amongst yourselves.