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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Rockies, Saturday 8/11, 7:05 CT

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Things that need to change tonight:

  • Rich Hill has the lowest run support (3.21 per start) in the majors
  • The Rockies have not lost three games in a series at home all year
  • The Cubs have not defeated Josh Fogg since he was a Pirate, on September 2, 2005
  • BCB needs to be free of Scott Podsednik mentions. Whoops, that one just went by the boards.
Today's Starting Pitchers
Rich Hill
R. Hill
Cubs
vs. Josh Fogg
J. Fogg
Rockies
6-6 W-L 6-7
3.54 ERA 4.73
124 SO 63
46 BB 37
22 HR 16
vs. Col -- vs. Cubs
Rich Hill actually threw very well in his last start in Houston, 7 innings of three-hit, one-run ball with six strikeouts, but again, ran into the no-run-support thing; Wandy Rodriguez shut down the Cubs. The strings-and-glue lineup that has scored sixteen runs the last two days is likely to be in place again tonight; as Lou Piniella says:
"Whatever's working, it's working," manager Lou Piniella said. "Why am I going to tinker with things that are working?"
Hey, Lou might not be eloquent, but he's got it right. That's another way of saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

Josh Fogg has faced the Cubs 19 times in his career, mostly with the Pirates, but not since that 2005 game, and overall is 6-7, 5.85 vs. the Cubs. It would be a good time for Derrek Lee to get going -- he hits Fogg well (.414/.438/.759, 4 doubles, 2 HR in 29 AB. Matt Murton, who has homered in consecutive games, has also homered once in 6 AB against Fogg, so I'd expect him in the starting lineup again tonight.

Remember, today's cable-only game starts an hour earlier than last night and is also at the Mediacenter.

MLB.com Gameday (2007 version)

MLB.com Gameday (2006 version)

MLB.com Gameday for the Brewers/Astros game

Discuss amongst yourselves.