Game Seventy-Two: Cubs (31-40) vs. Mariners (30-41)
Game Time – 2:40pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 177
Location – Safeco Field, Seattle
Ted Lilly (2-6, 3.42/1.09) vs. Felix Hernandez (5-5, 3.39/1.23)
The Chicago Cubs have not been 10 games under .500 during the Lou Piniella era, but unless the offense has a breakout day, they will hit that mark this afternoon. The Cubs enter play a season-low nine games under .500, tied for third in the central with the Brewers … and closer to last place than to first.
It is well past time for Jim Hendry to face the facts, the roster he constructed is a bad one and he must start making moves.
Carlos Silva, who was 5-18 in his two seasons in Seattle, was scheduled to start today’s game. Silva’s hamstring is still bothering him and he was pushed back to Saturday against the Sox. It will be up to Ted Lilly to hold the Mariners’ scoreless this afternoon.
Marlon Byrd is expected to serve as the team’s DH this afternoon, with Tyler Colvin starting in center. Look for Chad Tracy and Kosuke Fukudome to be back in the lineup with King Felix on the mound.
It all begins with Ted Lilly … Following his near no-hitter against the White Sox, Ted Lilly had location problems in his last outing against the Angels. Lilly was horrible, everything was up and he was shelled. Lilly gave up eight runs, six earned, on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings … and the two unearned runs followed his own error.
Lilly’s worst start of the season ended a string of seven straight quality starts.
Even with his “rough” outing, Lilly is 1-2 in his last four starts with a 3.10 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP.
‘The Bulldog‘ has been very good on the road this year … despite the record. Lilly is 1-3 in five road starts with a 2.62 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP, nine walks and 24 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings.
This afternoon will be Ted Lilly’s 14th career start versus the Mariners. He is 4-6 in 15 career games, 13 starts, with a 5.85 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP. The last time Lilly faced Seattle was September 11, 2006 … at Safeco Field. Lilly is 2-3 in eight games, seven starts, with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.
Mariners’ Career Numbers against Ted Lilly
- Milton Bradley – 3-for-15 with a home run and a walk
- Chone Figgins – 3-for-19 with 2 doubles and a triple
- Casey Kotchman – 0-for-3
- Jose Lopez – 1-for-5
- Ichiro Suzuki – 10-for-32
- Josh Wilson – 0-for-2 with a walk
- Jack Wilson – 4-for-17 with a double
If the Cubs thought the first two games in Seattle were fun, they are in for another treat today. Felix Hernandez is coming off a nine-inning gem against the Reds … and has won his last two starts. Hernandez allowed the Reds only run in the three game series on five hits with a walk and nine strikeouts.
The 24-year old right-hander is 3-1 in his last four starts with a 3.13 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP. Take away the seven earned runs he gave up to the Rangers on June 8 and King Felix has allowed only four earned runs in three of his last four starts combined.
Hernandez is 4-3 in seven home starts with a 3.42 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. This afternoon will be his first career start against the Chicago Cubs.
Cubs’ Career Numbers against Felix Hernandez
- Marlon Byrd – 4-for-20 with 2 doubles
- Xavier Nady – 1-for-3
- Alfonso Soriano – 1-for-6
- Chad Tracy – 1-for-2 with a walk
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