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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Diamondbacks, Sunday 7/22, 1:20 CT

A few notes:

  • The Cubs will pass the 2 million mark in home attendance today, in the 51st home date. Attendance through yesterday is 1,989,450, an average of 39,789. If the Cubs continue to play well, they've got a chance to break the team attendance record of 3,170,154, set in 2004.
  • Lou & Jim, a lovefest:
    Piniella and Hendry have helped each other this season, Hendry by bringing up players from the Cubs' minor-league system and Piniella by utilizing them. It has made the farm system attractive to teams Hendry might deal with.
  • Jacque Jones: head cleared, playing well:
    When things were at their worst July 4, when Jacque Jones was hitting .167 over 40 games and rumored on the Cubs' discard list, he admits to wondering if he still could play the game.

    "We all lose confidence and if you say you don't in that situation, then you're lying," Jones said. "I know I have ability, but sometimes the mental keeps you really from coming out. I was down on myself a little bit and it started to snowball."

  • Marlins pitcher and Crystal Lake South graduate Scott Olsen is in a heap of trouble.
  • And finally, a rumor: scouts from Tampa Bay have been spotted during this homestand. Make of this what you will.
Today's Starting Pitchers
Sean Marshall
S. Marshall
vs. Yusmeiro Petit
Y. Petit
4-3 W-L 1-2
3.43 ERA 3.22
40 SO 18
19 BB 9
6 HR 5
vs. Ari -- vs. Cubs
Marshall threw pretty well in his last start, winding up with a no-decision in a loss to the Giants last Tuesday. He has never faced the Diamondbacks.

Petit, who was acquired by Arizona from the Marlins just before Opening Day for Jorge Julio (who isn't even with the Marlins any more -- he was traded to Colorado on May 13), is also making his first start vs. the Cubs, though he threw a scoreless relief inning against the Cubs on May 23, 2006, when still with Florida. He has also faced Alfonso Soriano, who is 3-for-3 against him (two doubles).

Here's today's Mediacenter; the game's on cable in Chicago (CSN), on local TV in Phoenix (channel 3, and on its satellites elsewhere in Arizona), and on Extra Innings. Gameday (2007 version) Gameday (2006 version)

And, for your convenience, here's the Gameday link for the Brewers/Giants game.

Discuss amongst yourselves.