Game One Hundred Twenty-Six: Cubs (63-62) vs. Mets (58-70)
Game Time – 1:20pm C.T.
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 183
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Ted Lilly (9-8, 3.40/1.11) vs. Pat Misch (0-1, 4.09/1.68)
Weather permitting … When this season began, none of the ‘experts‘ forecasted theses two teams to be where they are when they met up for the first time on August 28. While injuries have killed the Mets season, it has been mostly underachieving on the North Side of Chicago … the Cubs enter play this afternoon just a game above .500 and nine games back of the Redbirds in the division.
Oliver Perez was slated to start today’s game, but his season ended earlier in the week when he had knee surgery. Perez joined a long list of teammates on the DL that includes Carlos Delgado, Alex Cora, Jose Reyes, David Wright, Carlos Beltran, Johan Santana, John Maine and J.J. Putz … The Cubs will see a familiar face in the Mets’ outfield in Angel Pagan this weekend.
While the Cubs wait to either trade Aaron Heilman and Rich Harden or pull them off waivers, it all starts with Ted Lilly, a lot of run support …and after nine innings for Ron Santo to have a smile on his face. Ted Lilly has been very, very good since returning from the DL … but has nothing to show for it. Lilly has allowed a total of two earned runs (solo home runs by Matt Kemp and Casey Blake) in his last two games, 12 innings, with a walk and nine strikeouts … 0-1 with a 1.50 ERA and a 0.67 WHIP.
‘The Bulldog‘ has been very consistent when he has taken the mound this season, especially at Wrigley. Today will be his first start at home since he beat the Cardinals back on July 11 in one of his best outings of the year. On a beautiful July day at the Friendly Confines, Lilly gave up just one run on four hits in eight innings.
Ted Lilly is 6-1 in nine starts at home with a 1.86 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP.
Today will be Lilly’s fifth career start against the Mets. He is 2-1 in the first four (five games) with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.
- Luis Castillo – 4-for-12 with a double and a walk
- Jeff Francoeur – 3-for-12
- Angel Pagan – 1-for-3 with a double
- Gary Sheffield – 5-for-28 with a double, a home run and a walk
- Cory Sullivan – 2-for-3
The Cubs will face Northbrook, IL native Pat Misch for the first time in a Mets’ uniform. The southpaw was recalled from Triple-A on August 25 and he will make his first start of the year for the Metropolitans.
Misch was the Giants’ seventh round pick in 2003 and is in his first year in the Mets’ system. Misch did not have a record in four games with Giants earlier in the season before signing with the Mets to give their system a little depth. Misch started seven games for San Francisco last season and posted a 0-3 record in 15 games with a 5.68 ERA.
This afternoon will be Misch’s 53rd big league game and 12th career start … he has yet to win a game at the Major League level. Misch is 0-8 in his career with a 4.82 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.
In fifteen games for the Mets this season, he is 0-1 with a blown save and a 2.89 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Misch tossed four innings of shutout ball against the Phillies in his last appearance on August 23 … Philly’s potent offense managed just one hit and no walks.
The Cubs have faced Pat Misch three times, the last coming in 2007. Misch is 0-1 in his career versus the Cubs with a 7.36 ERA and a 1.91 WHIP.
- Jeff Baker – 0-for-3
- Mike Fontenot – no official at bat, 2 walks
- Koyie Hill – 1-for-2 with a double
- Alfonso Soriano – 0-for-1
- Ryan Theriot – 0-for-2
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