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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Brewers, Saturday 7/8, 6:05 CT

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For the third day in a row, the Cubs/Brewers pitching matchup will be identical to one in the series at Wrigley Field last week.

I wonder how often this happens in modern baseball, with five-man rotations and off-days, even with teams occasionally matching up twice in two weeks as these two have. I can't remember it happening in the last couple of years to the Cubs, anyway.

The streak will be broken tomorrow -- Mark Prior, who did face the Brewers in Chicago, will face Doug Davis instead of Geremi Gonzalez.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Carlos Marmol
C. Marmol
Cubs
vs. Dave Bush
D. Bush
Brewers
1-3 W-L 5-6
4.73 ERA 4.45
29 SO 98
18 BB 28
5 HR 15
vs. Mil -- vs. Cubs
Both Marmol and Bush threw well (six-plus innings, one run) in that June 28 game, the only one the Cubs won in that series. After Bob Howry screwed up the 1-1 tie, the Cubs exploded for a five-spot off Dan Kolb to win 6-3.

Speaking of 6-3, that's the Brewers' record against the Cubs this year, and in those nine games, the team scoring first has won. In fact, that was the case for the last six Brewer-Cub games last year, too. Thus, it would behoove the Cubs to hope that Juan Pierre's hot streak continues. He is hitting .373 with a .415 OBA in his last 26 games (110 AB); that's since June 10. I could say that had he hit like that all year, the Cubs might have been better off, but they're only 8-17 since June 10.

Does this mean having those numbers in the leadoff spot aren't valuable? No, it means that the Cubs didn't take advantage. Dysfunctional team personified.

Discuss amongst yourselves.