Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Brewers – 04/02/08

Game Two – Cubs (0-1) vs. Brewers (1-0)
Game Time – 1:20pm C.T.
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 184
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Ted Lilly (0-0, -.–/-.–) vs. Jeff Suppan (0-0, -.–/-.–)

The Cubs will look to rebound today from their disappointing Opening Day loss to the Brewers. Ted Lilly will make the start against Jeff Suppan. Lou Piniella’s offense struggled against Ben Sheets, with the exception of Kosuke Fukudome. Ryan Theriot and Alfonso Soriano must set the table for the middle of the lineup today in order for the Cubs to win their first game of the new season.

The weather should be a lot more cooperative and is expected to be partly cloudy with temperatures in the low 50’s. Which should make for a better day for both offenses….unfortunately for Ted Lilly, the Brewers rarely need help scoring runs.

Ted Lilly tied a career high in wins a year ago and had an excellent first season with the Cubs. Lilly was arguably Lou Piniella’s most consistent pitcher last season. If the Cubs are to return to the post-season this year, they will need a similar performance from Lilly.

Lilly had a solid start last year and posted a 2-2 record in 5 starts in April with a 2.18 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP that included a win against the Brewers on April 25th at Wrigley. Lilly is 1-1 in 4 career games, 3 starts, with a 5.09 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP versus the Brewers.

  • Jason Kendall – 3-for-10 with a double
  • Prince Fielder – 3-for-7 with a double
  • Ryan Braun – 3-for-6 with a home run
  • Bill Hall – 0-for-6

Lou Piniella’s crew will face an old nemesis today in Jeff Suppan. Suppan continued his dominance of the Cubs last season and was 1-1 in 3 starts with a 2.84 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. Suppan did not have a good first year in Milwaukee expect for when he faced the Cubs and Cardinals. Suppan is 5-5 in 15 career starts against the Cubs with a 3.15 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.

Hopefully Gerald Perry and Lou Piniella figured out over the winter how to stop allowing the Cubs offense to make mediocre pitchers look like Cy Young Award winners. The Cubs have struggled mightily against pitchers like Suppan in recent years, today they must prove those days are long gone.

  • Ronny Cedeno – 4-for-8 with a double, a triple and 2 walks
  • Derrek Lee – 16-for-36 with 5 doubles, 3 home runs and 9 walks
  • Felix Pie – 3-for-7 with a double and a triple
  • Aramis Ramirez – 9-for-32 with 3 double, a home run and 3 walks
  • Alfonso Soriano – 7-for-33 with 2 doubles
  • Ryan Theriot – 1-for-8 with a double

Every game is important, no matter what month it is.

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Quote of the Day

"You can’t sit on a lead and kill the clock. You’ve got to give the other man his chance. That’s why baseball is the greatest game." - Earl Weaver