Chad Billingsley (12-6, 3.70) vs. Ryan Dempster (6-7, 4.28).
COMMENTS: Dodgers : Cubbies :: Cards : Dodgers? Whatever the analogy, the Boys in Blue are looking to complete a four-game sweep of the Other Boys in Blue today. Unlike in the Cards series, both the Dodger bats and arms have showed up for this Cubs series, although it's unlikely Billingsley (on a pitch count) will be able to match the seven strong innings each turned in by Randy Wolf and Charlie Haeger. But the most notable Dodger still not at full strength is Manny Ramirez, although he's 4-for-11 in this series and may very well be on his way to warming up in September. Let's hope the forecast calls for some H.E.A.T. in the weeks to come.
Same two Game Thread superstitions are in play today (not referring to opponents by their name in the headline; posting the GT one minute after the hour). But this time, we're going absolutely N.U.T.S. at SoSG and pushing our luck with another superstition: SoSG Sax, 7-0 this season, will be at today's game (field level, third base side). Post a comment if you're there and want to grab a beer!