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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Brewers, Thursday 7/6, 7:05 CT

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Tonight, Greg Maddux once again goes for his eighth win of the season; if he gets it he will be tied with Eddie Plank, a now nearly-forgotten pitcher from the first two decades of the last century (that's still hard to wrap my head around -- I keep wanting to type "this century" for the 20th), with 326.

That's about all we've got left to root for.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Greg Maddux
G. Maddux
vs. Chris Capuano
C. Capuano
7-8 W-L 9-4
5.00 ERA 3.45
59 SO 106
19 BB 25
13 HR 10
vs. Mil -- vs. Cubs
These two matched up on June 26 at Wrigley Field, the game I missed while I was in New York on business. Capuano shut out the Cubs, and Maddux matched up fairly well against him till the seventh inning, when he ran out of gas and gave up HR to Prince Fielder and Gabe Gross.

Maddux may be having his worst ERA season since his rookie year, 1987, but he has failed to go at least five innings only once all year. There aren't too many starters who can say that; Capuano is one of them. His last outing was only four innings against the Twins; that was the first time all year he'd gone less than six.

The Cubs can't hit lefties, either; they are 22-33 vs. right-handed starters and 9-20 vs. left-handed starters.

Finally, on June 10 Juan Pierre had a .231 BA with a .277 OBP. Since then, in 101 AB he is hitting .356 with a .404 OBP. If only he had done that the first two months, this season might not have been such a disaster. If he keeps it up, trade him.

Discuss amongst yourselves.