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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Rockies, Thursday 8/9, 8:05 CT

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Once again, the Yahoo preview of today's game has it wrong about Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez:

This will be his first career start against the Cubs.

Well, no, no it won't be. Checking his ESPN player page, we discover he has faced a number of current Cubs, including some (Matt Murton, Ryan Theriot, Ronny Cedeno) who have never played for another team.

A quick check of Jimenez' game log from last year confirms that he started and got a no-decision in the last game of the 2006 regular season at Wrigley Field, a game the Cubs eventually won 8-5.

Hey, I make mistakes here too from time to time, and usually someone quickly corrects me. But on the other hand, this isn't Yahoo, either. You'd think their writers would at least check this out and get it right.

And I thought Ubaldo might be the first Ubaldo in major league history, but he's not. Ubaldo Heredia (no relation, as far as I know, to one of our favorite former whipping boys, Felix Heredia) started two games for the 1987 Expos.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Ted Lilly
T. Lilly
Cubs
vs. Ubaldo Jimenez
U. Jimenez
Rockies
12-5 W-L 1-1
3.53 ERA 5.16
119 SO 20
36 BB 13
18 HR 2
vs. Col -- vs. Cubs
OK, so last night Z couldn't be the stopper. Who better, then, to stop this losing streak than Ted Lilly, who has been remarkably consistent this year? Lilly's last start against the Mets, the last game the Cubs won, last Friday, was outstanding. In fact, Lilly's gone at least six innings in 17 of his 22 previous starts (not counting the one in Atlanta on June 10 when he was ejected in the first inning).

He did, however, get lit up pretty good in his only Coors Field start, on May 21, 2006, giving up four earned runs in 1.2 IP.

And if you think Shannon Stewart's about to become a Cub, that's not necessarily so:

Stewart told the San Francisco Chronicle Wednesday night that he'd heard the Cubs had claimed him, though sources indicate the Cubs are just one team that has put in a claim for the veteran outfielder.

The Cubs should know by this weekend whether or not their claim went through. Only the team that gets the claim is informed of it, meaning if another team with a worse record than the Cubs claims Stewart and doesn't trade for him, he's pulled off waivers and the Cubs and any other team that put in a claim will never know which teams tried to get him.

The team that's awarded the claim will then have 48 hours to negotiate a trade. The A's also can pull Stewart off the waiver wire without even talking to the team that claims him.

Most teams send the vast majority of their players through the waiver wires, so it means nothing if a player gets claimed unless the team putting him through waivers has the intention of making a deal. It's all gamesmanship and high-stakes poker.

But it's pretty clear that if the Cubs are to be without Aramis Ramirez for any extended period of time -- and we do not know that yet -- they'll need some offensive help.

We're bad and nationwide on WGN today and also at the Mediacenter.

MLB.com Gameday (2007 version)

MLB.com Gameday (2006 version)

The Brewers are off today, so after today the Cubs will have only ONE fewer game played than Milwaukee. The Cubs could be half a game out after tonight. Let's go break this losing streak!

And please visit our SB Nation Rockies sister site, Purple Row, for the Rox fan point of view.

Discuss amongst yourselves.