Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Nationals – 04/27/08

Game Twenty-Five: Cubs (16-8) vs. Nationals (8-17)
Game Time – 12:35pm C.T.
Coverage – TV: WGN – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 185
Location – Nationals Park, Washington D.C.

Ted Lilly (1-3, 7.30/1.62) vs. John Lannan (1-2, 3.42/1.44)

Lou Piniella’s crew will complete their second road trip of the year with the rubber game of the series, and the trip, against the Nationals. The Cubs have won 2 of the first 4 and with a win today they would finish a 13-game stretch with a 10-3 record before their first day off on Monday since April 14th.

The Cubs will face the third left-handed pitcher of the series today and possibly the most talented of the group. John Lannan’s record and ERA does not indicate how well he has pitched this year. It will be up to Ted Lilly to keep the Nationals off the scoreboard and give the offense time to score a few runs. The Cubs need their own southpaw to pick up where he left off against the Mets and earn his second victory of the season.

Ted Lilly survived the 4th inning in his last start against the Mets and picked up his first win of the year. Lilly’s struggles in his first 4 starts became more than concerning and the Cubs number two pitcher responded with an effective outing. Lilly gave up a run on 4 hits with 4 walks and 4 strikeouts in 6 innings. His strikeout to walk ratio is still nowhere near where it was a year ago. Lilly has walked 11 and struck out 18 in 24 2/3 innings/

The Cubs need the ‘Bulldog‘ to continue winning games….starting today.

Lilly is 3-2 in 6 career starts against one of his former organizations with a 2.06 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP….last year, Lilly won his only start against the Nationals on July 2nd. He allowed 1 run on 3 hits in 7 innings with 5 strikeouts and 3 walks in a 7-2 Cubs’ win.

  • Aaron Boone – 2-for-2 with a double
  • Cristian Guzman – 1-for-18
  • Nick Johnson – 3-for-9
  • Austin Kearns – 0-for-3
  • Felipe Lopez – 2-for-8
  • Ryan Zimmerman – 2-for-6

The Nationals young left-hander has been very good so far this season. John Lannan had a bad game against the Braves in his only start at home this year, but remove that one bad outing and he has been spectacular. Lannan gave up 6 runs on 9 hits against the Braves but in his other 3 starts he has allowed a total of 3 runs. Lannan threw 7 shutout innings against the Braves his last time out, allowed only 5 hits and beat John Smoltz on the night he recorded career strikeout number 3,000.

Lannan was 2-2 in 6 starts a year ago for the Nationals with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP. Lannan was the Nationals’ 20th best prospect according to Baseball America before the 2007 season….this year, Lannan moved up to #10.

Today will be the first time the Cubs have faced this very talented southpaw….no one on Lou Piniella’s roster has ever faced him.

Let’s Talk Cubs Baseball….

Quote of the Day

"Don’t ever permit the pressure to exceed the pleasure." - Joe Maddon