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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Giants, Monday 7/16, 6:05 CT

If you didn't see Rich Hill's Napoleon Dynamite impression while announcing the lineups on Fox last Saturday, you can see it here.

Hey, I guess he had to find something to do while not pitching for twelve days.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Rich Hill
R. Hill
vs. Tim Lincecum
T. Lincecum
5-6 W-L 4-2
3.81 ERA 4.63
96 SO 79
32 BB 32
18 HR 7
vs. SF -- vs. Cubs
That's right, July 4 vs. the Nationals was the last day Rich Hill threw a ball in an actual major league game. The thought was that he needed some extra rest to get his head together, because his last five starts have been mediocre-to-poor. He hasn't won since this masterpiece on June 7 in Atlanta. As far as the "featured" guest, Barry Bonds, who might not even play tonight, being in an 0-for-20 slump, Hill has faced him three times. Bonds is 0-for-2 with a walk.

Tim Lincecum has been the Mark Prior-like (well, at least the five-years-ago-Prior-like) savior for the Giants franchise for a couple of years now. His stuff has been described as filthy, but he doesn't always have command. Sometimes he strikes out a lot of guys. And sometimes he walks a lot of guys. He's never faced the Cubs.

This game, which was originally only available in Chicago on WCIU to viewers who could pick up WCIU's signal, which is broadcast by a chimpanzee running up and down LaSalle Street with a wire in his hand, will now be available nationally on ESPN, which, clearly, wanted the game because of Barry Bonds. It'd serve them right if he didn't play. Here's today's Mediacenter link. Gameday (2007 version) Gameday (2006 version)

Please visit our SBNation Giants site, McCovey Chronicles. The proprietor, Grant, is a funny guy, and they're pretty miserable over there these days.

Discuss amongst yourselves.