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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Brewers, Friday 4/6, 7:05 CT

Man, it's cold here in Chicago. The White Sox postponed their game at the Cell at 10:30 this morning.

And in Milwaukee tonight, the forecast is for temperatures falling into the low 20's with snow flurries. Fortunately, that doesn't matter, as Miller Park's roof will be tightly closed (well, at least as tight as it gets -- it's been known to leak in the past). Supposedly, the air inside is heated to about 30 degrees above the outside temperature, which will still make it only in the mid-50's inside the dome tonight.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Rich Hill
R. Hill
vs. Dave Bush
D. Bush
6-7 W-L 12-11
4.17 ERA 4.41
90 SO 166
39 BB 38
16 HR 26
vs. Mil -- vs. Cubs

pitcher stats are 2006 season stats

Tonight's Starting Lineups
Cubs Brewers
Soriano, cf Weeks, 2b
Jones, rf Hardy, ss
Lee, 1b Fielder, 1b
Ramirez, 3b Hall,cf
Floyd, lf Estrada, c
Barrett, c Mench, lf
DeRosa, 2b Hart, rf
Izturis, ss Graffanino, 3b
Hill, p Bush, p

lineups as always courtesy of Bruce Miles

This will, oddly enough, be Hill's second consecutive regular season start vs. Milwaukee -- he also faced them last September 27, threw well, but left behind 2-1; the Cubs eventually won in the last of the ninth. How many times did they do that last year? Incidentally, take a look at how they tied that game up in the 9th.

I know, I know -- all of us don't want Jones hitting second. But he has hit well vs. Bush in his career -- 7-for-25 with three doubles and two HR. On the other hand, Matt Murton, who isn't playing tonight, is 5-for-12 against Bush with a double and two triples (!). So go figure.

If you want to go you can still get pretty good seats online, although I'd expect to see about 30,000 tonight (the Brewers drew about 20,000 or so for their two dates after their home opener, and you'd expect that to go up about 50% for a Cubs date).

The Mediacenter has the usual suspects, though this game is widely available on WGN, and should be on Extra Innings, too. If you're away from your TV but have your computer, there's always Gameday.

For the Brewers perspective check out our SBNation site, Brew Crew Ball.

Discuss amongst yourselves.