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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Brewers, Tuesday 6/5, 7:05 CT

Our Undefeated Manager!

W: 2 L: 0

OK, so that's a little over-the-top. But what if the Cubs win the next two games and make Alan Trammell (even if unofficially) 4-0? Does Lou stay in the suites forever?

Yes, I'm joking about that. But not about this: go out and win again tonight!

Today's Starting Pitchers
Ted Lilly
T. Lilly
vs. Claudio Vargas
C. Vargas
4-3 W-L 3-1
3.52 ERA 3.90
65 SO 51
15 BB 22
7 HR 8
vs. Mil -- vs. Cubs
Both these pitchers have struggled lately; Lilly is 1-1, 6.38 in his last three starts, though he still has excellent control (15 walks in 71.2 IP); Vargas has allowed 7 runs in 6 IP vs. the Cubs this year and is 0-1, 5.91 in his last four starts.

So, probably, it'll be 1-0 tonight. In front of yet another large gathering of Cub fans with a sprinkling of Brewer fans.


The Cubs' Pythagorean record is now 30-25, six games better than their actual record. Unless they are going to be this year's version of the 2006 Indians, who had a +88 run differential but finished with a losing record, the actual Cub record ought to start reflecting the current +20 run differential soon.

The game's on WGN tonight, so those of you in the arcane blackout areas who missed last night's game should be able to get it, or on EI, or at the Mediacenter. Gameday (2007 version) Gameday (2006 version)

I am doing this for no other reason than that I liked the film and think everyone here should see it: Chasing October is now on DVD. Click here to order it and get a discount. No, I don't get a cut.

I'm giving Mike this timely "last word" in today's game thread:

(as always, click on thumbnail to view full-size in new browser window. If you are using IE, you may have to click the lower-right corner of the image in the new window to expand it to its full size; in Firefox click anywhere on the image.) Discuss amongst yourselves.