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Open Thread : Cubs vs. Pirates, Sunday 8/6, 1:20 CT

Last Tuesday, I was thinking about nominating Rich Hill for "Worst Cub of All Time". He responded with the best start of his career.

Sometimes reverse psychology works. Today, I'm just going to say -- I hope he continues the progress he showed against Arizona.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Rich Hill
R. Hill
vs. Ian Snell
I. Snell
1-4 W-L 9-7
7.92 ERA 4.66
18 SO 110
19 BB 47
7 HR 17
vs. Pit -- vs. Cubs

The Cubs have hit Snell pretty well in his three career appearances against them, including last April 16 in Pittsburgh. Take a close look at that box score -- there are no fewer than four players who appeared in that game for the Cubs who aren't on the active roster today (Derrek Lee and Freddie Bynum, on the DL, and Todd Walker and Jerry Hairston, no longer with the team).

Hill has never faced the Pirates. A win today would give the Cubs their homestand of eight or more wins since a 9-2 stand in 1998.

Note for the upcoming Milwaukee series: Juan Mateo will be skipped in the rotation; Carlos Marmol will go Tuesday, Carlos Zambrano Wednesday and Mark Prior Thursday... thus I'd expect Mateo to be available in relief.

Discuss amongst yourselves.