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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Phillies, Wednesday 8/1, 7:05 CT

The Cubs are doomed tonight. Everyone knows they can't hit lefthanders, and Moyer beat them last year right after the Phillies acquired him in late August (there! See? You can acquire useful players after July 31). Furthermore, Moyer's father-in-law is a well-known former college basketball coach and current broadcaster and he's also been known to rescue small children who accidentally fall into lakes and rivers.

Other than that, it's a warm, humid late-summer day in Chicago and the Cubs are within one game of first place and one-half game of the wild-card lead. Let's go get one of them tonight!

Today's Starting Pitchers
Rich Hill
R. Hill
vs. Jamie Moyer
J. Moyer
6-6 W-L 9-8
3.59 ERA 4.75
113 SO 80
41 BB 40
20 HR 19
vs. Phi -- vs. Cubs
Here's a fun exercise: Jamie Moyer will be 45 years old on November 8. He was drafted in the 6th round by the Cubs out of St. Joseph's University on June 7, 1984, and not long after made his debut with the Cubs' then-short season A team in the NY-Penn League in Geneva, NY. At that time his current rotation-mate Kyle Kendrick was not yet born -- he was born August 26, 1984. No current active Cubs were born after Moyer's professional debut, but Felix Pie was -- February 8, 1985.

Tempus fugit, as the ancient Romans might have said (and probably did, often).

Rich Hill is 0-2, 5.75 in two career starts vs. the Phillies. And he has to face Tadahito Iguchi, who is 3-for-5 with 2 HR and 6 RBI lifetime against him. Like I said, we're doomed.

This game is an all-cable, EI, Mediacenter extravaganza. Enjoy. Gameday (2007 version) Gameday (2006 version) Gameday for the Mets/Brewers game

Discuss amongst yourselves.