Game Ninety-Six: Cubs (43-52) vs. Astros (38-56)
Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 183
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Ted Lilly (3-8, 4.07/1.12) vs. Brett Myers (7-6, 3.35/1.28)
How will the Cubs follow-up their biggest come from behind victory in over two years? Tuesday night was one for the history books but if they lay an egg against Brett Myers this afternoon, Tuesday night will be a distant memory less than 24 hours later.
Following Tuesday’s win … Lou Piniella said, “Let’s hope we continue to play and win some baseball games and make it fun for our fans.”
After weeks of guessing and speculating, many feel today will be Ted Lilly’s final start in a Cubs’ uniform at Wrigley. There are four to six teams that are rumored to be interested in trading for Ted Lilly … including the Mets, who are also interested in Brett Myers according to multiple reports.
From the Rumor Mill
Tyler Colvin’s future could be as a first baseman. There have been a lot of rumblings over the last few weeks that Colvin could move to first base next season. Colvin played first during his days at Clemson.
The Tigers are the number one team on Ted Lilly according to Bruce Levine and have discussed Ryan Theriot with Jim Hendry as well. The Tigers view Theriot as a backup-role player and not a starter. Levine reported the Cubs have been scouting the Tigers.
If Lilly is traded, Bruce Levine thinks Jeff Samardzija and Jay Jackson are possibilities to join the Cubs’ rotation in August and September.
Today it all begins with Ted Lilly … for likely the last time in a Cubs’ uniform. Ted Lilly put his two horrible starts against the Dodgers and Reds behind him and looked like ‘The Bulldog‘ in his last outing against the Phillies. Lilly posted a quality start after allowing 16 runs (14 earned) in his two previous starts (10 1/3 innings) but received a no decision. Aramis Ramirez won the game in the bottom of the eighth with a solo homer that ended up on Waveland Avenue. Lilly surrendered three runs, all earned, on four hits with a walk a season-high 10 strikeouts. All three runs came on two longballs … a solo shot by Shan Victorino and a two-run blast by Ryan Howard.
The Cubs need Lilly to put together another excellent outing this afternoon … not only could the team use the win but a similar outing against the Astros to the one he posted against the Phillies will increase his trade value. Another bad outing, well …
Lilly is 0-2 in his last three starts with an 8.83 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. In June, Lilly was 2-2 in six starts with a 2.57 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP.
This afternoon will be Theodore’s first start of the year against the Astros. Lilly is 7-1 in 10 career starts versus Houston with a 2.49 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP.
Astros Career Numbers against Ted Lilly
- Lance Berkman – 3-for-26 with a home run and a walk
- Michael Bourn – 1-for-8
- Pedro Feliz – 5-for-14 with 2 home runs and a walk
- Jeff Keppinger – 7-for-25 with a double and 2 walks
- Carlos Lee – 8-for-35 with 3 doubles, a home run and 4 walks
- Jason Michaels – 2-for-10 with a double and 2 walks
- Brett Myers – 0-for-3
- Hunter Pence – 5-for-23 with 2 doubles
- Humberto Quintero – 1-for-9 with a double
The Cubs will get their second look of the season at an old nemesis … Brett Myers. The former Philly has dominated the Cubs in his career and will look to continue this afternoon. Myers is 8-3 with a save and two complete games in 14 career appearances, 10 starts, versus the Chicago Cubs (2.63 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP). Myers has already beaten Lou Piniella’s crew this season (6-3 on June 6 in Houston) and could be making his final start of the year for the Astros.
Myers is coming off back-to-back wins against the Pirates and Cardinals and is 2-0 in his last three starts with a 2.08 ERA and a 0.74 WHIP.
The Cubs must be patient with Myers this afternoon … and not swing at his pitch. Myers will walk his share (39 walks in 129 innings) if Lou’s offense can show any kind of discipline at the plate.
This afternoon will be Myers’ eighth game at Wrigley … 3-2 in seven games, four starts, with a 1.89 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Brett Myers
- Jeff Baker – 2-for-3
- Marlon Byrd – 4-for-11 with a home run and a walk
- Starlin Castro – 0-for-2
- Tyler Colvin – 1-for-3
- Mike Fontenot – 1-for-5
- Kosuke Fukudome – 2-for-11
- Koyie Hill – 1-for-4 with a double
- Derrek Lee – 15-for-32 with 4 doubles, a triple, 3 home runs and 3 walks
- Ted Lilly – 0-for-1
- Xavier Nady – 3-for-11 with a home run and a walk
- Aramis Ramirez – 8-for-30 with 2 doubles, 2 home runs and a walk
- Geovany Soto – 2-for-6
- Ryan Theriot – 4-for-9
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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