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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Rockies, Friday 8/10, 8:05 CT

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There have been multiple rumors about the Cubs acquiring, via waivers, everyone from Scott Podsednik to Shannon Stewart to Champ Summers (OK, so I made that last one up.)

Frankly, at this point I don't think I'd do a thing. There doesn't seem to be anyone on the waiver wire who can do anything that people currently on the roster can't do, save perhaps Stewart, and my guess is that Billy Beane is going to ask for way too much in return.

Aramis Ramirez will be back next week. Alfonso Soriano wants to return sooner than September 1. In the meantime, a lineup without either of those guys scored ten runs last night.

And the Cubs still have the best record in the NL since June 3 -- 37-24. Let's keep that up!

Today's Starting Pitchers
Jason Marquis
J. Marquis
Cubs
vs. Aaron Cook
A. Cook
Rockies
8-7 W-L 8-6
4.39 ERA 4.16
73 SO 57
55 BB 41
17 HR 14
vs. Col -- vs. Cubs
But the more important thing is to have Jason Marquis keep the ball down tonight! He's pitched poorly on the road this year -- losing his last four road starts with a 9.92 ERA -- but has won both of his career starts at Coors Field. Time to step up, Jason. That 4.39 ERA isn't too horrible -- just don't let it get any higher than that.

Aaron Cook's numbers look fairly similar to Marquis' and, given that his home park is Coors, where he is 4-4, 5.50, they're not all that bad. He is also 2-0, 1.80 in two career starts against the Cubs -- one at Coors last year, and one at Wrigley Field in 2005. Jacque Jones (2-for-6) and Cliff Floyd (4-for-8) have both homered off Cook.

Today's cable-only telecast is also available at the Mediacenter.

MLB.com Gameday (2007 version)

MLB.com Gameday (2006 version)

MLB.com Gameday for the Brewers/Astros game

Discuss amongst yourselves.