Game 2 Thread / Brewers @ Cubs (2 of 3)
|SP||Jeff Suppan||SP||Ted Lilly|
|(2007)||12-12, 4.62||(2007)||15-8, 3.83|
|2B||Rickie Weeks||SS||Ryan Theriot|
|CF||Gabe Kapler||LF||Alfonso Soriano|
|1B||*Prince Fielder||1B||Derrek Lee|
|LF||Ryan Braun||3B||Aramis Ramirez|
|3B||Bill Hall||RF||*Kosuke Fukudome|
|RF||Corey Hart||2B||Mark DeRosa|
|SS||JJ Hardy||C||Geovany Soto|
|P||Jeff Suppan||CF||*Felix Pie|
||Jason Kendall||P||*Ted Lilly|
The sun is shining over Lakeview, The Cub Reporter made it through April Fool's Day without hearing from a single corporate attorney, and the Cubs are only one game out of first. A good day to be alive.
The veteran Suppan (5-5, 3.15 lifetime against the Cubs) matches up with the veteran Lilly (1-1, 5.09 v. the Brewers). When we last saw Ted in a game that meant anything, you may recall, he was having a temper tantrum on national televison.
Despite the outburst, Lilly was all the Cubs could have hoped for in his first season on the North Side, tying his career high in wins (15) and setting career marks for starts (34) and innings pitched (207). Germane to today: in games following a loss last year, Lilly went 9-1.
In the category of "Ted Lilly, 2007: Fluke or Future?" Rob G. points to this list at Baseball-Reference.com. It places Lilly in the company of other veteran pitchers like Jenkins, Marichal, Drysdale and Seaver; guys with years in which they threw 200+ innings, had an ERA+ of 120 or higher, and kept their WHIPs at 1.15 or lower in their age 31 seasons.
Finally, if you haven't picked a name in the "First Cub or Brewer To Tear His ACL" Pool, you might want to act now.
trevor clifton (high-A) could be interesting in a couple seasons...could even become a high/middle rotation guy. he's got a lot of pluses in his pitching except control.
eric leal's (high-A) progression through the minors should be worth watching even if only projects to be an mid/end-rotation starter.
we also gotta keep a long-distance eye on guys like jose paulino (ss-A) and preston morrison (A).
As Johnny Bach used to say when it was time for the MJ Bulls to crank up the defensive pressure: "Release the Dobermans!", and Jordan, Pippen, Rodman and Harper would just suffocate the other team.
I'd love to add Carl Jr. to that group - he's got the stuff.
Historically, the Moneyball guys have been great at identifying productive hitters. Not so much with pitchers.
Wow - Pierce Johnson with an ERA of 8.01 in 42IP!
What a stud prospect! Must be pitching with a pierced johnson.
Looks like Ryan Williams is the only legit prospect there. That is sad...
Well it would seem that's all they need now. "Stropy" can have his moments, but he's been more consistent post-asg.
Take THAT, Cardinals -- you beat Fernandez, we beat Sale.
I really like Lackey as a 6-inning pitcher.
Three amigos? Because the Dominican, the Venezuelan, and the Cuban?
Maybe the three-headed dragon?
Who says Contreras can't frame? Stone cold robbery of Eaton with that called third strike for the first out in the eighth
Three amigos time?
he should hit more of those. that would be an ideal outcome. /moneyballs
Russell with 19 RBI in July so far. Grand Slams help.
...and Familia with back-to-back blown saves. Blows a one-run lead vs. Rockies today, gets his 2nd consecutive loss.
I am OK with the Mets missing the playoffs and suffering crushing losses at home --- just want them to beat St. Louis.
He played with fire twice agains the Cubs -- unfortunately, the Cubs couldn't stop swinging.
How about Kyle Farnsworth? I know he was consistently upper 90s.
If he puts up Soriano numbers I will be ecstatic
I think Javy is learning--but he's learning to make contact, not learning to lay off pitches out of the zone. A quick glance at his plate discipline numbers on Fangraphs shows that his contact rate is up, especially his contact rate out of the zone, but his swing rate is up too, especially his swing rate out of the zone.
I definitely saw ballpark radar guns go up to 102 on Kerry Wood back when he was still a starter, but who knows how accurate they were.