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

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The Brewers are a game over .500 entering tonight's matchup with the Cubs, and 2.5 games out of first place and only 1.5 games out of the wild-card lead.

And yet, curiously, absolutely no one is taking this club seriously for a playoff spot, and speculation still abounds that they'll trade their best hitter, Carlos Lee, before he leaves for free agency.

I'm of two minds here. I'm not all that sure the Brewers are really this good. On this date two years ago, they beat the Cubs 4-0 and were 44-38, a game out of the wild-card lead. They then proceeded to have the worst second half of any team in the divisional play era that was over .500 at the All-Star break, and wound up losing 94 games.

On the other hand, they do have excellent starting pitching, a good closer... and Lee. At least they do for now.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Carlos Zambrano
C. Zambrano
Cubs
vs. Zach Jackson
Z. Jackson
Brewers
7-3 W-L 1-1
2.83 ERA 4.67
118 SO 19
65 BB 6
14 HR 6
vs. Mil -- vs. Cubs
This game is a rematch of the pitching matchup on June 27 at Wrigley Field, where a Ryan Dempster 9th-inning implosion cost Z the victory. Jackson allowed eight runs in his last start against the Twins, but since he's lefthanded, the Cubs are likely to struggle.

Discuss amongst yourselves.