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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Rockies, Friday 9/29, 1:20 CT

The Cubs have played 273 games (and gone 120-153) since the last time the Rockies played in Wrigley Field, on May 29, 2005. Remember that series? When Mark Prior was hit on the elbow by a Brad Hawpe line drive? Remember Mark Prior?

There were a couple of ridiculous articles in today's Sun-Times, speculating about who might be named the next Cubs manager.

Both are filled with guessswork, the same sort of thing we do here. Example: Chris DeLuca claims that Terry Francona and Theo Epstein might have an "offseason showdown". Based on what? The Red Sox' season wasn't Francona's fault; they collapsed when they lost Jason Varitek.

Toni Ginnetti mentions Lloyd McClendon. Why? Because like Joe Girardi, he used to play for the Cubs and "badly wants to return to managing".

You'd think you'd get better from the MSM, but that isn't always the case.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Carlos Zambrano
C. Zambrano
vs. Josh Fogg
J. Fogg
16-6 W-L 10-9
3.43 ERA 5.62
201 SO 89
111 BB 60
20 HR 24
vs. Col -- vs. Cubs
It seems as if the Cubs face Josh Fogg about six times a year, but it's only once this season since he's been with the out-of-the-NL-Central Rockies. Fogg beat the Cubs on August 12 in Denver, but lifetime he's 5-7, 6.10 in 18 starts vs. the Cubs, and his 5.62 ERA is the highest of his career.

As for Z, if he wins today (he'd be the only NL pitcher with 17 wins) and can drop his ERA, say, to about 3.30 (that would require 8 shutout innings), and take over the league lead in strikeouts, that might just get him the Cy Young Award. I'm not saying he would deserve it, only that the voters tend to look at wins and strikeouts above other categories.

Record watch: Juan Pierre needs one more hit for 200; if Z hits a HR today, he will break the franchise record for HR by a pitcher, and also tie the National League record, currently held by Don Drysdale (1965) and Mike Hampton (2001); if Bob Howry appears in two of the three remaining games, he will tie the club record for appearances (84; Ted Abernathy in 1965 and Dick Tidrow in 1980). Cubs Gameday

Discuss amongst yourselves.