Game Ninety-Four: Cubs (49-44) vs. Giants (39-53)
Game Time – 1:20pm C.T. Comcast SportsNet, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 185
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Ted Lilly (9-4, 3.51/1.06) vs. Matt Morris (7-5, 3.86/1.39)
Updated – 11:44am C.T. – From the Wire….It’s Official….Izturis Traded – Fox Selected According to a report on Cubs.com, the Cubs traded Cesar Izturis and cash to the Pirates for a player to be named later. Jake Fox was selected from Double-A Tennessee and will be available for today’s game.
Updated – 10:28am C.T. – Jake Fox has been called up from Double-A.
Updated – 10:49am C.T. – According to a report on ESPN 1000 by Bruce Levine. Jake Fox is in Chicago and could be activated for today’s game against the Giants. Levine is also reporting the Cubs are close to trading Cesar Izturis.
Updated – 11:30am C.T. – According to a report on XM Radio, the Cubs have traded Cesar Izturis to the Pirates for a player to be named later.
With the improved play on the North Side of Chicago, Lou Piniella’s crew has rebounded from a disappointing start and now find themselves in the mix in the Central Division and in the Wild Card race. The Cubs enter play 3 1/2 games back of the Brewers and tied with the Atlanta Braves for second place in the Wild Card race, 3 games behind the San Diego Padres. Ted Lilly will face a Giants’ lineup that will include Barry Bonds. While it all starts with Ted Lilly, the offense must keep it going against Matt Morris.
Updates from the DL…. Ryan Dempster is expected to pitch again tonight for the I-Cubs and if everything goes well he is expected to activated from the DL on Friday. Henry Blanco is scheduled to begin a rehab stint with Peoria on Saturday and Wade Miller is scheduled to start for Iowa on Friday. The Cubs also activated Rocky Cherry from the DL and he was optioned to Triple-A. Ted Lilly has pitched better statistically at Wrigley this year than on the road, while his record does not reflect it. Lilly is 5-3 with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP at home compared to a 4-1 record with a 4.18 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP away from the Friendly Confines. Lilly has recorded a victory in 5 of his last 6 starts and is coming off arguably his best start at Wrigley. Lilly held the Astros to 1 run on 4 hits in 8 innings on a day the wind was blowing straight out. Lilly kept the ball down and showed the pinpoint command that has made him successful this season. Lilly is 3-0 in his last 3 games with a 1.21 ERA….18 strikeouts and 5 walks.
Lilly is 1-1 in 3 career starts against the Giants with a 6.27 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP
- Rich Aurilia – 3-9, with a double, a home run and a RBI
- Barry Bonds – 4-8, with 2 home runs, 5 RBI’s and 3 walks
- Ray Durham – 3-10, with a triple and a RBI
- Pedro Feliz – 2-6, with a home run and 5 RBI’s
- Bengie Molina – 4-12, with a double
- Randy Winn – 7-27, with 2 doubles, a home run and a RBI
Matt Morris is a .500 pitcher on the road this season with a 4-4 record, a 4.45 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP (3-1 with a 3.28 ERA and a 1.89 WHIP at home). After a good start to the season (3-1 with a 3.34 ERA in April, 2-1 with a 2.50 ERA in May), Morris has struggled in his past two starts. He is 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA (12 runs on 15 hits in 11 innings) and has given up 4 runs or more in 3 of his last 4 outings. In his last start, he did not record a walk or a strikeout.
The former Cardinal is 11-7 in 28 games, 25 starts, with 2 saves, 3 complete games and 2 shutouts in his career against the Cubs with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. But in his career at Wrigley, Morris has a winning record (6-5 in 16 games, 14 starts) but has a high ERA (5.79) and WHIP (1.59). Today will be the first time Morris has faced the Cubs since 2005, his last season with St. Louis. Morris was 0-4 that season against the Cubs with a 7.48 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP.
- Cliff Floyd – 7-26, with 2 doubles, 3 home runs and 6 RBI’s
- Aramis Ramirez – 12-40, with 2 doubles, 3 home runs and 6 RBI’s
- Daryle Ward 8-23, with a double, a home run and 7 RBI’s
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Update on Jake Fox – For Fox to make his big league debut, the Cubs will have to make two roster moves. They will have to clear a space for him on the 40-man roster and on the 25-man roster. With Derrek Lee serving his suspension the Cubs can only have 24 active players on the roster until he returns.