Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Reds – 07/04/10

Game Eighty-Two: Cubs (35-46) vs. Reds (46-36)
Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 186
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Ted Lilly (3-6, 3.12/1.06) vs. Mike Leake (5-1, 3.30/1.42)

Updated – 11:25pm CDT – Marlon Byrd named to the 2010 NL All-Star team. Byrd will represent the Cubs in the Mid-Summer Classic

Happy 4th of July from the CCO! Can the Cubs win a game for the second day in a row? Today marks the unofficial beginning to the ‘second half’ of the MLB season. While the official start for the Cubs is not until July 15, Lou’s crew completed the first 81 games with a 35-46 record … 11 under .500.

According to Lou Piniella, the Cubs are going to go with the less is more approach for the next few days. The Cubs offense did not work in the cages or take batting practice Saturday … and look for more of the same this afternoon. Even with the 17 runners left on base Saturday afternoon, the Cubs hit the ball with more authority than in recent games.

The Cubs finish a seven game homestand with the last home game of the first half this afternoon … Lou’s crew is a disappointing 2-4 in the first six (1-2 vs. Pirates, 1-2 vs. Reds). A win this afternoon would improve the Cubs record versus Dusty’s Bunch to 4-6 … the Cubs enter play Sunday with three wins in nine games against Cincinnati.

With the countdown to the trading deadline underway, could today be Ted Lilly’s last start at Wrigley Field? Lilly is rumored to be on the market and some feel he will be traded before the July 31 deadline. The Cubs could receive more in return from Lilly if they move him sooner rather than later. One of the possibilities floating around is Jim Hendry could trade Lilly this summer then re-sign him over the winter …

Today it all begins with Ted Lilly

Ted Lilly is coming off his third win of the season. Lilly beat the Mighty Pirates and held the Bucs to one run on six hits in seven innings. Lilly walked one and struck out five. Following his miserable start versus the Angels (eight runs, six earned, on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings) Lilly has allowed only two runs in his last two starts (13 innings).

Lilly posted a 2-2 record in six starts last month with a 2.57 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP … and with the bad outing against Los Angeles, his line from June tells how good Lilly has been.

The Bulldog‘ is 2-3 in seven home starts this year with a 3.69 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.

This afternoon will be Lilly’s first start of the season against Cincinnati. Lilly is 2-6 in 11 career starts with a 4.06 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.

Reds Career Numbers against Ted Lilly

  • Jay Bruce – 1-for-6 with 2 walks
  • Orlando Cabrera – 6-for-20 with a double and 4 walks
  • Miguel Cairo – 4-for-20 with a double, a triple and a walk
  • Jonny Gomes – 3-for-8 with a double, a home run and 2 walks
  • Ramon Hernandez – 6-for-17 with a double, 2 home runs and 6 walks
  • Paul Janish – 2-for-3 with 2 doubles
  • Brandon Phillips – 3-for-25 with a home run and 2 walks
  • Scott Rolen – 4-for-14 with 3 doubles and a walk
  • Drew Stubbs – 0-for-3
  • Joey Votto – 6-for-18 with a double, 2 home runs and 2 walks

The Cubs will see Mike Leake for the third time this season. Leake has been one of the feel good stories of the baseball season … despite his recent struggles. Leake is coming off the worst start of his big league career. The Phillies pounded Leake (six runs on seven hits in six innings) and the young right-hander has not posted a win since June 5.

Leake is 1-1 in his last five outings with a 5.22 ERA and a 1.77 WHIP … after posting a 2-0 record in six starts in May with a 1.88 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.

Today will be Leake’s first career start at Wrigley. He is 1-0 in two starts against the Cubs this season with a 2.63 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Mike Leake

  • Marlon Byrd – 1-for-6 with a double
  • Starlin Castro – 1-for-3
  • Tyler Colvin – 1-for-3 with a home run
  • Mike Fontenot – 0-for-3
  • Kosuke Fukudome – 2-for-5 with a double and a walk
  • Koyie Hill – 0-for-2
  • Derrek Lee – 1-for-5 with 2 walks
  • Aramis Ramirez – 1-for-6 with a walk
  • Alfonso Soriano – 0-for-3
  • Geovany Soto – 0-for-1 with 2 walks
  • Ryan Theriot – 1-for-5 with 2 walks

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