Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Phillies – 05/13/07

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Phillies – 05/13/07

Game Thirty-Five: Cubs (16-18) vs. Phillies (17-19)
Game Time – 12:35pm C.T. WGN TV, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 185
Location – Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia

Ted Lilly (2-2, 2.78/0.97) vs. Jon Lieber (1-1, 3.33/1.18)

Happy Mother’s Day from everyone here at the CCO!! Ted Lilly has the daunting task of trying to end the Cubs 3-game losing streak less than 24 hours after Saturday’s debacle. While the offense has struggled with putting up runs on a consistent basis, Lou Piniella has received solid performances on seemingly a daily basis from his starting rotation but the bullpen….that is a different story. Ted Lilly has completed at least the 6 innings in all but one of his starts, Piniella needs a solid outing from Lilly today in order to keep the ball out of the hands of the pen.

When the season started most figured the offense and the bullpen would be the strengths of this team while Piniella struggled to receive quality outings from his starters. A month and a half into the season and it has been the total opposite. The starting rotation ranks 4th in the National League with a 3.73 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. They are third in the league for the fewest walks allowed, 7th in the league in strikeouts and 2nd in the league in opponent’s batting average (.232). The bullpen ranks 8th in ERA (3.69), last in wins (2-9) and 2nd in the league behind the Washington Nationals for the most blown saves. The bullpen has to figure out a way to record outs on a daily basis but most importantly Larry Rothschild must point out there sole job is to throw strikes.

Ted Lilly is 1-0 away from Wrigley this season with a 3.65 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. Lilly has received little to no run support this season with both of his losses coming with a combined 3 runs allowed on 6 hits in 13 innings. Today will be the first career start for Lilly against the Phillies. Aaron Rowand is 4-11 with a walk and 5 strikeouts in his career facing Lilly.

Jon Lieber has pitched well for the Phillies after starting the season in the bullpen. Like Lilly, Lieber has received very little run support and has seen his bullpen fail to nail down his games as well. Lieber finished April (as a starter) with a 1-0 record in 3 starts and a 1.45 ERA; he allowed 3 earned runs on 14 hits in 18 2/3 innings. His last start against the Giants was his worst outing of the year. Lieber gave up 4 runs on 7 hits in 6 innings of work. In his last 2 starts (13 innings) he has walked 8 and struck out 3.

Lieber is 5-5 in 11 career starts (4.46 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP) against one of his former teams. Lieber was scheduled to start Friday’s game but because of a cut on his finger he was pushed back to Sunday. Last season the Cubs figured out how to hit Lieber (1-1, 7.00 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP) and pounded out 16 hits in 9 innings.

  • Henry Blanco – 5-15
  • Cliff Floyd – 19-54, 2 doubles, a triple, a home run and 6 RBI’s
  • Jacque Jones – 5-18, a home run and 2 RBI’s
  • Derrek Lee – 9-22, 2 doubles and a RBI
  • Aramis Ramirez – 11-29, 2 doubles, a home run and 5 RBI’s
  • Alfonso Soriano – 2-5
  • Ryan Theriot – 2-4
  • Daryle Ward – 5-17, a double, a home run and 4 RBI’s

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