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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Brewers, Tuesday 4/29, 7:05 CT

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Milwaukee Brewers
@ Chicago Cubs

Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008, 7:05 PM CDT
Wrigley Field

Ben Sheets vs Jason Marquis

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"If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Chicago". For those of you under 40, that's a reference to this 1969 screwball comedy in which a group of European travelers visited seven countries in 18 days. The Cubs will do that a couple days faster, playing in Chicago, Denver, Washington, Chicago, St. Louis, Cincinnati and Chicago again in a period of 16 days (April 22 through May 9).

Now tell me again why computers schedule better than people?

Baseball note: the Brewers' Mike Cameron's 25-game suspension ended on Sunday; he'll be activated and play tonight.

Hey, remember jacob from Brew Crew Ball? Yeah, I know. Anyway, he sent me a few questions about the Cubs and you can read my answers here.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Jason Marquis
J. Marquis
Cubs
vs. Ben Sheets
B. Sheets
Brewers
1-0 W-L 3-0
3.47 ERA 0.96
15 SO 24
9 BB 4
3 HR 1
vs. Mil -- vs. Cubs

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Jason Marquis 1-0 4 4 0 0 0 0 23.1 26 10 9 3 9 15 3.47 1.50


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Ben Sheets 3-0 4 4 1 1 0 0 28.0 14 3 3 1 4 24 0.96 .64

Sheets and Carlos Zambrano matched zeroes on Opening Day in a game that the Brewers eventually won. Since then Sheets has thrown great -- when he's been healthy; he hasn't pitched in 11 days. If it seems as if he is always pitching against the Cubs, he pretty much is -- Sheets has made 23 career starts vs. the Cubs, 12% of all his career starts. He's 9-7 lifetime, 3.70, and Derrek Lee hits him well (15-for-47, 2 doubles, 5 HR, .319/.313/.681, and no, that OBA isn't a misprint -- that's what happens when you have zero walks and a sacrifice fly).

Jason Marquis will have to be "on" tonight -- he doesn't have that much success vs. the Brewers (4-6, 4.01 in 13 career starts). The pesty Craig Counsell (8-for-21, 2 doubles, a triple, a HR, 4 walks, no strikeouts) hits him well. Marquis might be able to help himself -- he's 1-for-4 (a double) vs. Sheets.

Today's game is on cable in Chicago and in Wisconsin and as usual, more at the MLB.com Mediacenter.

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Today's overflow comment thread will post at 8:30 pm CT.

Discuss amongst yourselves.