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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Cardinals, Sunday 5/4, 7:05 CT

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Chicago Cubs
@ St. Louis Cardinals

Sunday, May 4, 2008, 7:05 PM CDT
Busch Stadium

Jason Marquis vs Todd Wellemeyer

Clear. Winds blowing from right to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Around 65.

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Aren't you excited to hear these guys call tonight's game?

Yeah, me either. Let's start a pool: what's the exact moment when Joe Morgan will first criticize Ryne Sandberg? Or: when will Jon Miller will give an excruciatingly "correct" pronunciation of a foreign-born player's name (can't wait to see what he does with "Fukudome")?

Stupid injury of the day: Royals pitcher John Bale, already on the DL with shoulder problems, broke his pitching hand punching a door at the team's hotel.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Jason Marquis
J. Marquis
Cubs
vs. Todd Wellemeyer
T. Wellemeyer
Cardinals
1-1 W-L 2-1
4.45 ERA 4.14
17 SO 36
10 BB 12
3 HR 6
vs. StL -- vs. Cubs

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Jason Marquis 1-1 5 5 0 0 0 0 28.1 36 15 14 3 10 17 4.45 1.62


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Todd Wellemeyer 2-1 6 6 0 0 0 0 37.0 32 17 17 6 12 36 4.14 1.19

It's old home week! Former Cub faces former Cardinal. I'm still not convinced that Todd Wellemeyer can actually handle a full year in a major league rotation without blowing up his ERA, but so far, he's won two games and struck out 36 batters in 37 innings (he did come up as a strikeout pitcher, and in his major league debut on May 15, 2003, he struck out the side in the 17th inning in Milwaukee to get the win). He has never started against the Cubs; his sole appearance against them was pitching the 9th inning of a 9-1 Marlins blowout of the Cubs on May 22, 2006. Oh, and Todd? Nice hair, buddy.

Jason Marquis is 4-1, 3.27 in seven career appearances (five starts) against his former team. In looking over his vs. the Cardinals stats, I was surprised to see Cesar Izturis as one who hits him well (7-for-17, 2 doubles, a triple). Troy Glaus is 4-for-6, and Albert Pujols a pedestrian 4-for-14 (all singles). Marquis has had three pretty good starts and two pretty bad ones. The Cubs need this game.

With today's game on ESPN, you don't really need this, but here's today's MLB.com Mediacenter anyway.

MLB.com Gameday (2007 version)

MLB.com Gameday (2008 version)

Baseball-reference.com game preview

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

Discuss amongst yourselves.