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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Reds, Saturday 9/16, 3:05 CT

And you think the CUB pitching staff is bad.

Here's a team in the wild-card race, trailing by only 3.5 games, and they are starting a 35-year-old career minor leaguer with a lifetime WHIP of 1.62, and more walks than strikeouts this year (and nearly so in his career), and who before this year hadn't pitched in the major leagues since 2002.

He'll probably throw a three-hit shutout.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Rich Hill
R. Hill
vs. Chris Michalak
C. Michalak
5-6 W-L 1-2
4.60 ERA 5.09
63 SO 6
34 BB 10
12 HR 4
vs. Cin -- vs. Cubs

Chris Michalak is a Chicago-area native, having attended Joliet Catholic High School and gone to college at Notre Dame. Check out his career stats -- he was originally drafted by the A's in 1993, and has played for twelve different major league organizations (A's, Diamondbacks, Rangers, Angels, Devil Rays, Dodgers, Blue Jays, Red Sox, Rockies, Reds, Marlins, and Brewers, and some of those more than once). Seems destined to be a Cub someday soon, doesn't he?

Rich Hill continues to throw well. He is the only Cub starter who likely has a chance to throw a complete game this year, although Carlos Zambrano says he's pitching Sunday.

Also today, if you are going to the game, the Cubs Wives are having their annual food drive:

Donations will be accepted from 1 p.m. until the third inning next to the Harry Caray statue outside Wrigley Field's Gate D at the corner of Sheffield Avenue and Addison Street. Fans making a donation of 10 non-perishable food items or $20 will receive a 5 x 7 autographed photo of a Cubs player; with a limit of two photos per person while supplies last. Photos will be given out randomly and will not be exchanged.
Last year, I made a donation (it was $10 last year; inflation hits everywhere!) and got an autographed photo of Greg Maddux. Somehow, I don't think there will be anything quite as desirable today, unless there's a Derrek Lee or Carlos Zambrano photo. I'll probably get Freddie Bynum. Cubs Gameday

Discuss amongst yourselves.