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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Cardinals, Saturday 8/18, 2:55 CT

The Great Fox-TV Wizard makes his return today, and has decreed that only the peons who live in the following TV markets may have the privilege of watching today's Cubs/Cardinals game:

Alexandria LA, Atlanta GA, Baton Rouge LA, Biloxi MS, Bowling Green KY, Cedar Rapids IA, Champaign IL, Chicago IL, Cincinnati OH, Colorado Springs CO, Columbia MO, Columbus MS, Davenport IA, Dayton OH, Denver CO, Des Moines IA, Evansville IN, Fort Smith AR, Fort Wayne IN, Grand Junction CO, Green Bay WI, Greenwood MS, Indianapolis IN, Jackson TN, Joplin MO, Kansas City MO, La Crosse WI, Lafayette LA, Lake Charles LA, Lexington KY, Lincoln NE, Little Rock AR, Louisville KY, Madison WI, Memphis TN, Meridian MS, Milwaukee WI, Mobile AL, Monroe LA, Nashville TN, New Orleans LA, Omaha NE, Ottumwa IA, Paducah KY, Peoria IL, Phoenix AZ, Quincy IL, Rockford IL, Shreveport LA, Sioux City IA, South Bend IN, Springfield MO, Springfield IL, St. Louis MO, Terre Haute IN, Topeka KS, Tucson AZ, Tulsa OK, Wausau WI, Wichita KS
As noted in last night's comment thread, if you have Fox Sports en Español (Spanish-language link) on digital cable or satellite, you may be able to get the game anyway, and even if you don't speak Spanish, that'd be better than listening to Matt Vasgersian.

And unless the weather cooperates, the entire country is going to be watching the Tigers/Yankees game... it looks like we'll be dodging raindrops all day. With a huge crowd expected, maybe the largest of the year, they will wait all night if they have to.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Sean Marshall
S. Marshall
vs. Anthony Reyes
A. Reyes
5-6 W-L 2-11
4.25 ERA 5.48
53 SO 61
25 BB 30
9 HR 9
vs. StL -- vs. Cubs
Sean Marshall faced the Cardinals twice last year, including his first major league start in the memorable Sunday night game that Michael Barrett won with a grand slam, which turned out to be the high point of the 2006 season. The Cubs won both those games, but Marshall had a no-decision both times. Scott Rolen is 3-for-4 with a HR off Marshall.

Anthony Reyes got off to a horrid start -- 0-10, 6.40 -- before being sent to Triple-A for a while. Since his return he's been quite a bit better, 2-1 in 4 starts with a 3.00 ERA. He has not pitched well on the road at all this year (0-6, 6.33 in 8 starts away from St. Louis) and the Cubs have defeated him twice already this year, at Wrigley Field and in St. Louis. Let's make that three times, this afternoon. Ronny Cedeno, of all people, has hit Reyes the best among current Cubs (3-for-5, a double), with Mark DeRosa close behind (2-for-3). And I don't like his cap brim any more now than the last two times the Cubs faced him.

Looking ahead to next week, we have a bit of scheduling good fortune: the Brewers will precede the Cubs into Phoenix to play the Diamondbacks on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Milwaukee has to face Brandon Webb, who extended his scoreless streak to 42 innings with a shutout of the Braves last night, next Wednesday. As a result, the Cubs, who are in Arizona next weekend, will miss him.

Here is today's Mediacenter link. It won't help you find the Cub game if you're not in one of the favored TV markets, but perhaps you'd like to watch something else after 6 pm CT. Gameday (2007 version) Gameday (2006 version)

Just so I don't forget (as I did last night), here's the Gameday link for tonight's Brewers/Reds game (start time: 6:05 CT)

Discuss amongst yourselves.