Two weeks ago, the Cubs set an all-time attendance record for a three-game series: 124,810 paid to see the set with Milwaukee.
With crowds of 41,448 yesterday and 41,593 on Friday, if today's attendance is 41,770 or more, which is a distinct possibility given the good play of the team and this spectacular weather forecast:
Cliff Floyd strained his shoulder yesterday and Lou Piniella said it "didn't look good" after the game. Giving Floyd a day off wouldn't be a bad idea, especially with the lefthanded Wandy Rodriguez going. I wouldn't be surprised to see Mark DeRosa in RF today, particularly since he is hitting .411 (23-for-56) since June 25, best in the NL since that date.
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On the other hand, Marquis himself is 3-for-4 in his career vs. Rodriguez, and hit one of his two HR prior to this year off him on June 4, 2005, the year he hit .310/.326/.460 with 8 doubles, a HR and 10 RBI in 87 AB. Derrek Lee is 4-for-7 with 2 doubles and a HR off Rodriguez, and it's time the Cubs' RH power turned itself on, wouldn't you say?
Today's game is on WGN, on EI, and at the Mediacenter.
MLB.com Gameday (2007 version)
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Discuss amongst yourselves.