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Chicago Cubs
@ Milwaukee Brewers

Friday, Sep 26, 2008, 7:05 PM CDT
Miller Park

Ryan Dempster vs Jeff Suppan

Clear. Winds blowing in from center field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Around 70.

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If you believe that weather forecast, the roof at Miller Park may be open tonight -- the weather's been great in the Midwest this week -- which would help balls carry further, as they normally do when the roof is open there.

Good news for any of you who want to visit BCB on your cellphones, Blackberries, iPhones, or other mobile devices: there is now a mobile version of BCB that you will be redirected to if you simply enter the usual URL into your mobile browser. For more info see this post at the SBN blog.

I did a Q & A with Tyler of Right Field Bleachers a couple of days ago. Click here for the questions and answers. The Brewer fans didn't take too well to my "little brother" comment, apparently. I'd like nothing more than to sweep them this weekend.

Today's Gratuitous Geo Photo:

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Today's Starting Pitchers
Ryan Dempster
R. Dempster
Cubs
vs. Jeff Suppan
J. Suppan
Brewers
17-6 W-L 10-10
2.99 ERA 4.59
183 SO 85
75 BB 66
14 HR 29
vs. Mil -- vs. Cubs

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Ryan Dempster 17-6 32 32 1 0 0 0 201.2 170 74 67 14 75 183 2.99 1.21


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Jeff Suppan 10-10 30 30 0 0 0 0 172.2 199 109 97 29 66 85 5.06 1.53

The last time Jeff Suppan pitched against the Cubs, they scored 11 runs off him at Wrigley Field on April 30. Derrek Lee, who had yesterday off, was 2-for-3 that day and is 20-for-47 (.476) lifetime vs. Suppan with 7 doubles and 4 HR. Geovany Soto also homered off Suppan on 4/30 and is 2-for-5 lifetime, both homers.

Ryan Dempster is 4-0, 2.52 this season against Milwaukee, allowing only one homer in 23 innings, to Prince Fielder at Wrigley Field ten days ago. Dempster has had a wonderful season and may get some Cy Young consideration (though I don't think he'll win) if he can win his 18th game of the year tonight -- since Greg Maddux won 20 in 1992, Kevin Tapani (19 in 1998), Jon Lieber (20 in 2001), Mark Prior (remember him? 18 in 2003), and Carlos Zambrano (18 in 2007) are the only Cubs pitchers to win 18 or more in a season. He also has a chance to pass Ben Sheets into 4th place in ERA in the NL.

A reminder to Chicago-area viewers: we are on CSN Plus tonight, as the Sox got priority due to their game being more meaningful. However, ESPN also picked up the Cubs game so it'll be available nationally. Also see the MLB.com Mediacenter.

MLB.com Gameday

Baseball-reference.com game preview

Once again, a reminder that you can find the overflow comment threads, including the first pitch thread, on the right sidebar of both the front page and any interior page in the box headed "RECENT STORIES IN GAME THREADS". Today's first pitch thread posts at 7 pm CT, and the overflow comment threads will post at 8 pm, 9 pm and 9:45 pm CT.

Discuss amongst yourselves.