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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Brewers, Sunday 7/9, 1:05 CT

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After defeating the Brewers 6-2 on April 28, the Cubs were 13-8. Greg Maddux won that game; he was 5-0.

The next day, behind today's Brewer starter, Doug Davis, the Brewers annihilated the Cubs 16-2, starting a slide that has seen Maddux go 2-9, and the Cubs go 20-46.

Maddux isn't starting today, of course, but it'd be nice to equal the season-high winning streak of three games by taking today's series finale. That's sad, isn't it? "Season-high winning streak of three games"? The last time the Cubs won a four-game series was last September 8-11 in San Francisco, when they won three of four from the Giants.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Glendon Rusch
G. Rusch
vs. Doug Davis
D. Davis
2-7 W-L 5-5
8.19 ERA 4.60
45 SO 78
23 BB 55
17 HR 11
vs. Mil -- vs. Cubs
I had a whole paragraph ready to go here on the Davis/Mark Prior matchup, but Prior was scratched from this start due to a "strained oblique muscle."

How on Earth do you do that in between starts? I mean, really. Oddly, after thinking this wouldn't be a repeat pitching matchup today -- Rusch was the losing pitcher in that April 29 game, allowing four of the Brewers' six homers. But hey, today's a new day, right?

Meanwhile, Mike Kiley seems convinced that Dusty Baker is done:

While it seems likely Baker won't be fired by general manager Jim Hendry within the next week -- management is miffed by all the speculation -- nothing is guaranteed about how much longer Baker has left in Chicago.
Discuss amongst yourselves.