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Pregame Thread: Cubs vs. Reds, Wednesday 7/9, 7:05 CT

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Cincinnati Reds
@ Chicago Cubs

Wednesday, Jul 9, 2008, 7:05 PM CDT
Wrigley Field

Johnny Cueto vs Carlos Zambrano

Clear. Winds blowing out to right field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Around 75.

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Have you had Rich Harden fatigue today? Remember, he won't pitch for the Cubs till Friday at the earliest. In the meantime, there are other games to be won, including today.

If for some reason you haven't had enough Harden, Bruce Miles gives some insight on the Hendry/Beane relationship and how this deal got done.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Carlos Zambrano
C. Zambrano
Cubs
vs. Johnny Cueto
J.
Cueto

Reds
9-3 W-L 7-8
2.96 ERA 4.63
73 SO 91
38 BB 38
7 HR 19
vs. Cin -- vs. Cubs

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Carlos Zambrano 9-3 17 17 0 0 0 0 112.1 109 39 37 7 38 73 2.96 1.31


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Johnny Cueto 7-8 18 18 0 0 0 0 105.0 103 59 54 19 38 91 4.63 1.34

Sometimes Johnny Cueto is good -- really good, as he was May 5 vs. the Cubs in Cincinnati, striking out eight in six innings. Other times he can't find the plate -- he walked eight Cardinals in five innings on June 11. He's allowed 19 home runs, but only one in his last four starts. So in summary, who the heck knows? Geovany Soto took him deep on May 5.

Z threw great in his return from the DL last Friday. He threw eight shutout innings against the Reds on May 6 in Cincinnati, and has a 0.82 ERA in his last three starts against them, all wins. Adam Dunn has taken him out of the park six times, but has only a .226 lifetime BA vs. Z.

Today's game is an all-cable extravaganza again in Chicago and Ohio and at the MLB.com Mediacenter.

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Baseball-reference.com game preview

Today's first pitch thread, again, posts just before the first pitch, at 7 pm. The overflow comment threads will post at 8:15 pm and 9:15 pm CT.

Discuss amongst yourselves.