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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Padres, Tuesday 5/22, 9:05 CT

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There is actual news to report before tonight's game. As reported somewhere in the morning thread comments, Sean Marshall has been recalled from Iowa and Neal Cotts sent down. Marshall will start tomorrow. Angel Guzman heads to the bullpen. I think most of us are happy with this move. I looked all the way back to 1960 and could not find another Cub team that had three lefties in the rotation, but maybe I missed one.

As noted in this diary, the Cubs plan to put a statue of Ernie Banks somewhere outside the ballpark by Opening Day 2008. I say, good for the Cubs. Ernie is, after all, Mr. Cub -- and in danger of being forgotten by future generations.

This note is from the Cubs community email newsletter, to which I subscribe:

Universal Pictures, in conjunction with the Illinois Film Office, will be filming a movie entitled "The Express," starring Dennis Quaid and Rob Brown at Wrigley Field on May 24-May 25.

Filming will begin at 6:00 a.m. and conclude at approximately 3:00 a.m. on the 25th. The film is a biography of Ernie Davis, the first African-American football player to win the Heisman Trophy, whose career was cut short by leukemia.

The City of Chicago will be controlling traffic on Waveland Avenue during the filming. Also, the lights at Wrigley Field will be on for a period of time during the evening and into the night to facilitate the filming.

"The Express" is scheduled for a 2009 release.

On to tonight's game.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Rich Hill
R. Hill
Cubs
vs. Jake Peavy
J. Peavy
Padres
4-3 W-L 5-1
2.91 ERA 1.64
46 SO 71
19 BB 18
6 HR 1
vs. SD -- vs. Cubs
Rich Hill has been shaky this month, but still has good numbers. He has made only one career start vs. the Padres, last May 14 in San Diego, a decent 5.1 IP, 3 ER outing that the bullpen turned into a 9-0 shellacking.

Jake Peavy has been, flat out, one of the top pitchers in the NL this year. 71 K in 60 IP, facing a K-prone team like the Cubs, is pretty scary. Peavy is 1-0 lifetime vs. the Cubs in four career starts. No one on this year's Cub team has hit him particularly well, although in a small-sample-size performance, Alfonso Soriano is 2-for-5 with a HR. The Padres pitching staff overall has been the best in the NL. Time to change all that!

Peavy turns 26 next week. Doesn't he look about 45 in that picture?

It's on CSN, and CH4 San Diego, and also on EI. I know there will be some BCB'ers at the game tonight. Also check the Mediacenter. It's a game I won't see much of, as I must wake at 3:30 am for work.

MLB.com Gameday (2007 version)

MLB.com Gameday (2006 version)

Discuss amongst yourselves.