Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Mets – 04/22/08

Game Twenty: Cubs (13-6) vs. Mets (10-8)
Game Time – 1:20pm C.T.
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 184
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Ted Lilly (0-3, 9.16/1.71) vs. Nelson Figueroa (1-0, 3.60/0.80)

Lou Piniella’s crew will look to finish the 8-game homestand today with a 7-1 record after an impressive win on Monday night. Ted Lilly’s horrible start to the season has been well documented and unfortunately for the Cubs’ southpaw….his biggest test of the season will come this afternoon against the Mets.

Ted Lilly showed improvement in his last start and today would be a good time to show results. The Cubs are 1-3 in games Lilly has started and that is the most important record that must improve.

Ted Lilly is 1-1 in 4 career games, 3 starts, against the Mets with a 4.67 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP….last year, Lilly beat the Mets the only time he faced them on August 4th at Wrigley. Lilly allowed 2 runs on 7 hits with 8 strikeouts and 1 walk in 7 2/3 innings….one of his best starts of the season.

  • Carlos Beltran – 2-for-7 with a home run and 2 walks
  • Luis Castillo – 4-for-12 with a double
  • Carlos Delgado – 3-for-14 with a double and 2 walks
  • Jose Reyes – 0-for-4
  • David Wright – 1-for-3

Nelson Figueroa will make his third start of the season today for Willie Randolph. The injuries in the Mets’ starting staff have forced Figueroa into the rotation and he has responded with two very good outings. Figueroa was called up from Triple-A when Pedro Martinez was put on the DL.

Figueroa beat the Brewers in New York on April 11th and allowed just 2 runs on 2 hits with 6 strikeouts and 2 walks in 6 innings. He received a no decision his last time out against the Nationals. The Mets won the game and he surrendered only 2 runs on 3 hits in 7 innings with 7 strikeouts and 2 walks.

Today will be Figueroa’s 4th career start against the Cubs and in his 7 previous games, Figueroa is 0-3 with a 3.97 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.

Figueroa has not faced the Cubs since 2004, when he pitched for the Pirates.

  • Derrek Lee – 0-for-9
  • Mark DeRosa – 0-for-1
  • Aramis Ramirez – 3-for-6 with a home run
  • Daryle Ward – 0-for-4

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