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Chicago Cubs
@ Arizona Diamondbacks

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2008, 8:40 PM CDT
Chase Field

Jason Marquis vs Yusmeiro Petit

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Around 100.

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At the time you read this, I'm going to be seeing "The Dark Knight". I'll be back in time to see the game, so you all start without me.

As noted in this FanPost: the game on Monday 8/4 at Wrigley Field vs. the Astros has had the game time changed to 6:05 pm CT and it will be on ESPN (in addition to WCIU in Chicago). Also, the game on Sunday 8/10 will now be a night game on ESPN, 7:05 pm CT -- and since the maximum number of Sunday night appearances is five, that's it for the Cubs for this year, so the TBD games on 8/31 and 9/21 will now officially be day games.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Jason Marquis
J. Marquis
Cubs
vs. Yusmeiro Petit
Y. Petit
D'backs
6-5 W-L 0-1
4.44 ERA 3.06
53 SO 11
39 BB 1
8 HR 2
vs. Ari -- vs. Cubs

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Jason Marquis 6-5 17 17 0 0 0 0 99.1 103 52 49 8 39 53 4.44 1.43


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Yusmeiro Petit 0-1 9 1 0 0 0 0 17.2 12 8 6 2 1 11 3.06 .74

Micah Owings was supposed to start tonight, but he threw in relief yesterday so the D'backs will go with Petit, who was a last-minute starter in a similar situation just about a year ago, July 22, 2007 at Wrigley Field, where he came in and shut the Cubs down on three hits over six innings. A month later in Phoenix, though, the Cubs hit him early and often, including an inside-the-park HR by Derrek Lee, though Arizona won that game when tonight's starter, Jason Marquis, couldn't hold a 3-1 lead.

And it really WOULD be a good idea to activate Alfonso Soriano tonight. He's 4-for-6 lifetime vs. Petit with 3 doubles.

Marquis was outstanding vs. the Giants in his last outing on July 11. That's what is so maddening about Marquis -- at times he looks absolutely dominant, and other times clueless. He is 2-4, 3.30 in 9 appearances (8 starts) vs. Arizona, one of those wins coming July 20, 2007 at Wrigley Field.

Today's game is on WGN, on FSN Arizona, and at the MLB.com Mediacenter.

MLB.com Gameday (2007 version)

MLB.com Gameday (2008 version)

Baseball-reference.com game preview

Today's first pitch thread, as yesterday, will post a bit before first pitch at 8:30 pm CT. The overflow comment threads will post at 10 pm and 11 pm CT -- I don't expect today's game to be as short as yesterday's!

Discuss amongst yourselves.