Game One Hundred One: Cubs (46-54) vs. Astros (40-59)
Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 186
Location – Minute Maid Park, Houston
Ted Lilly (3-8, 3.88/1.12) vs. Brett Myers (7-6, 3.24/1.26)
Can the Cubs beat the Astros on back-to-back days and win a series against Houston? Ted Lilly was supposed to be dealt by now. Several reports had Lilly on his way out of town by the end of last weekend, but Lilly made the trip to Houston and will suit up once again tonight.
Tonight is a rematch of the game last Wednesday at Wrigley. Lilly dominated the Astros while Brett Myers did the same against the Cubs. Both received a no decision and the Cubs lost in extras but they could not hit with RISP. Sound familiar?
Brett Myers has not lost at home this year and loves facing the Chicago Cubs.
Koyie Hill should get the start behind the plate tonight. Geovany Soto left Monday’s game after fouling a ball off his foot. Piniella said he is questionable for tonight’s game and they would like to get him back in by Wednesday … Friday at the latest in Denver.
From the Rumor Mill
Dave Kaplan had plenty of tidbits during the Cubs’ 10th inning Show (WGN Radio) Monday night. According to Kaplan, the Cubs have been trying to trade Carlos Silva but he is owed too much money and many feel he will return to the pitcher that he was in Seattle.
The Cubs tried to trade Kosuke Fukudome to the Nationals in June. According to Kaplan, they were willing to send $2 million of his remaining salary for this season and half of his 2011 salary (Fukudome is owed $13.5 million in 2011) and the Nationals said “no.”
Kaplan is hearing Tyler Colvin or Aramis Ramirez could be the Cubs’ first baseman next season … Derrek Lee will not be back.
Despite starting at Iowa, when Jeff Samardzija returns to the big league team it will be as a reliever not as a starter. There is talk the Cubs will move Andrew Cashner back to the starting rotation.
In other news … Keith Moreland will be back in the booth with Pat Hughes for the remainder of the series in Houston.
Tonight it all begins with Ted Lilly … Ted Lilly hasn’t posted a win since June 29 but he is coming off back-to-back solid starts against the Phillies and Dodgers. Lilly held Houston to one run on seven hits in 7 1/3 innings last Wednesday. Lilly notched his first hit of the season and scored the Cubs’ only run in the first nine innings. But Lilly gave up a pinch-hit dinger to Pedro Feliz and the Cubs could not plate one of the nine runners they left on base from the ninth through the 11th.
Several reports Friday night indicated Lilly would be traded by the end of the weekend … and at least by Tuesday. Lilly was supposed to be dealt by now but Theodore will take the hill in Houston.
Lilly has nothing to show for allowing four runs on 11 hits in his last 14 1/3 innings with two walks and 16 strikeouts (2.51 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP)
‘The Bulldog‘ will face the Astros for the second time on the year … and in as many starts. Lilly is 4-1 in six career starts at Minute Maid with a 3.50 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.
Astros Career Numbers against Ted Lilly
- Lance Berkman – 3-for-29 with a home run and a walk
- Geoff Blum – 3-for-12 with a double and 2 walks
- Jason Bourgeois – 1-for-4
- Michael Bourn – 1-for-8
- Pedro Feliz – 6-for-15 with 3 home runs and a walks
- Chris Johnson – 0-for-2 with a walk
- Jeff Keppinger – 8-for-28 with a double, a home run and 2 walks
- Carlos Lee – 8-for-38 with 3 doubles and 4 walks
- Jason Michaels – 2-for-10 with a double and 2 walks
- Hunter Pence – 5-for-26 with 2 doubles
- Humberto Quintero – 1-for-12 with a double
- Angel Sanchez – 2-for-4
The Cubs will face Brett Myers for the second time in six days after doing nothing against him at Wrigley. Ted Lilly and Starlin Castro was the Cubs’ offense while Myers was on the mound. Myers dominated the Cubs overpaid veterans once again. In two starts this season, he has held the Cubs to three runs on 13 hits in 13 2/3 innings with three walks and 14 strikeouts (1.98 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP).
Brett Myers has not lost at Minute Maid this season … 5-0 in nine starts with a 2.48 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.
Some feel Myers could be traded before Saturday’s deadline. He is 2-0 in his last four starts with a 1.88 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Brett Myers
- Jeff Baker – 2-for-3
- Marlon Byrd – 5-for-14 with a double, a home run and a walk
- Starlin Castro – 1-for-5 with a double
- Tyler Colvin – 1-for-7
- Mike Fontenot – 1-for-5
- Kosuke Fukudome – 2-for-13 with a walk
- Koyie Hill – 1-for-7 with a double
- Derrek Lee – 17-for-34 with 4 doubles, a triple, 3 home runs and 4 walks
- Ted Lilly – 1-for-4
- Xavier Nady – 3-for-11 with a home run and a walk
- Aramis Ramirez – 8-for-33 with 2 doubles, 2 home runs and a walk
- Alfonso Soriano – 5-for-24 with 3 home runs and a walk
- Geovany Soto – 2-for-6
- Ryan Theriot – 4-for-12
Ryan Theriot and Randy Wells are hosting a benefit for the Children’s Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, August 4 at Joe’s Bar. The CCO was asked to pass along the info on the event. For those interested, click on this link to Ticketmaster.
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