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The Fox-TV Wizard Strikes Again! Cubs vs. Braves Preview, Saturday 8/21, 3:10 CT

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The Cubs should actually be happy they are scheduled for a Fox-TV regional telecast by the Great Fox Wizard (pictured above). The Cubs are 4-2 in Fox-TV games (including a win last Saturday in St. Louis), by far their best record on any TV channel this year. (Yes, I know it doesn't matter.)

Today's game is the primary Fox game and according to this USA distribution map, appears to be going to about 60% of the country (based on market size, not the size of the areas on the map). The other games are Angels/Twins (going to the West Coast except western Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana & Wyoming, the Dakotas, Minnesota and eastern Michigan) and Rangers/Orioles (going to New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, parts of Arkansas & Louisiana, and parts of Pennsylvania, Maryland & Virginia).

If you don't live in the areas mentioned above, you should be able to see the Cubs tomorrow (including Hawaii). Check the map for your specific city. Announcers will again be Kenny Albert & Tim McCarver (a sound-syncing device for the WGN radio broadcast is called for).

Today's Starting Pitchers
Tom Gorzelanny
Tom Gorzelanny
Cubs
vs. Tommy Hanson
Tommy Hanson
Braves
6-7 W-L 8-8
3.85 ERA 3.41
101 SO 137
54 BB 43
7 HR 8
vs. Atl -- vs. Cubs

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Tom Gorzelanny 6-7 24 18 0 0 1 0 112.1 110 56 48 7 54 101 3.85 1.46


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Tommy Hanson 8-8 25 25 1 0 0 0 148.0 139 64 56 8 43 137 3.41 1.23

Remember when the Cubs used to win games? The game in Atlanta on April 8 is the only time the Cubs have defeated the Braves this year. It's Tommy Hanson's only career start vs. the Cubs. He allowed four hits, three walks and two runs in 5.1 innings and struck out seven.

Tom Gorzelanny has not faced the Braves since May 10, 2008, when he was still with the Pirates. He's made three lifetime starts vs. Atlanta, with a win, a loss and a no-decision and a 3.80 ERA. The Atlanta Brave who has hit him best is... Derrek Lee, who is 7-for-15 (.467) with two doubles, two walks and two HR.

Today's game, as noted above, is on Fox. Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.

MLB.com Gameday

Baseball-reference.com game preview

SB Nation game preview

Please visit our SB Nation Braves site Talking Chop.

Today's first pitch thread will be up at 3 pm CDT, and the overflows will post at 4:15 pm, 5:15 pm and 6 pm CDT.

Discuss amongst yourselves.