Lilly Pitches, Hits, and Runs in Sharp Performance at Peoria

Ted Lilly threw 87 pitches—61 for strikes—in a seven-inning stint at Peoria last night, in which he gave up just one run and three hits while fanning nine. The Chiefs beat the Burlington Bees, 2-1.

Lilly walked the first man he faced and gave up a triple to the third Burlington hitter. He was almost perfect after that.

Lilly, as quoted in the Peoria Journal Star...

“I struggled with (my command) at times, but for the most part I felt alright. I was mixing my changeup more than I have, so I was getting a feel for it tonight.”

Lilly also requested to hit for himself and was allowed to do so. He wound up getting Peoria' first hit after the first eight Chief batters had been retired. Then, for reasons known only to Ted and the people who love him, he tried to steal second base.

"...he attempted to steal second (“I didn’t see that one coming,” Chiefs manager Casey Kopitzke said) and appeared to beat the throw to the bag, but was called out. "I kind of regret it now,” Lilly said. “I definitely felt I had a great jump, but I’m not as fast as I was 10 years ago.”

The veteran lefty is hopeful he will be making his 2010 Cub debut on Saturday in Milwaukee.

“That’s the plan. We’ll see. I don’t know if that’s what they want to do, but that’s what I’d like to do. We’re going to have to redo some things with our rotation, but we’ll see.”

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Glad to hear that Lilly is on track and that he's comfortable with the idea of needing to generate his own offense.

I was a little surprised by Ted's attempted steal. The bigger surprise, however, was the head-first slide into second!! I'm guessing that the Cubs' brass would not be too thrilled to hear that Lilly was exposing the left hand and shoulder in a head-first slide into second.

Lilly was certainly a class act. I was able to watch his bullpen session as he was warming up before the game. When he was finished, he sought out the nearest little kid and personally handed him the ball. He could have easily tossed it up for grabs and not thought twice about it. But, it was nice to see that he took the time to make some kid's night.

Also, Hak-Ju Lee has really been impressive. I have been pleasantly surprised that all the superlatives heaped upon his defensive abilites appear to be accurate. He has excellent range and quickness to compliment a plus arm. The speed is as advertised as well. Twice last night, Lee swiped both second and third for a total of 4 SBs. He was especially impressive in the 7th inning. He came to bat with 2 outs and singled to left. On the first pitch, he swiped second. On the very next pitch, he swiped third. None of the steals were gimmes as all four steals came against a very good catching prospect (Jose Bonilla - Royals #21 propsect) with an excellent arm. Lee could be another quick riser through the system.

it's rare enough to see a pitcher slide...period.

even when it matters in the bigs you generally don't see your pitcher slide...especially one making 10m a year.

who's the manager at AAA?

...oh...

well, hopefully when he comes up he wont command 3-4m a year.

Casey Kopitzke was Lilly's manager last night.

thank god...and thnx.

crunch is celebrating 4/20...

i wish...

A ball, AAA...same thing.

btw, anyone have 3-4 grand laying around so i can pay someone to study weeds in field production of tomatoes and melons? that'd take care of a lot of headaches so i can concentrate on the differences between 1 letter and 3 letters.

For variety's sake, could you every once in a while adjust the $3-$4 million number to $2-$5 million or something?

denied.

Outstanding

How the Cubs resemble Goldman Sachs (about 5:45 in):

http://bit.ly/bS7hS6

lol... and ouch.

Yeah, I saw that too. Funny, thanks for posting.

"I don't care about the rest of the world. Just shut up and make my tube socks."

Cubs team line: .251 .322 .414 .736

13th/16th in team batting.

9th in Team pitching overall, 4.33ERA

Relievers: ERA=6.00 15th/16th

Save % = 43% 15th/16th

Starters = 3.53 ERA, 4th/16

Hmmm, I have not even looked at the defense. What a bunch of shit(save our starting pitching).

I get so tired of saying, "Its early."

The Cardinals are pretty impressive when you look at their overall pitching stats. 1st in the pen, 1st in starters, 1st in difference makers.

We have Jeff Samardzjia.

In other news:

The E-Man overtakes Ryno for 2nd in all-time TCR WhiP (Whining Percentage, calculated by number of Whines divided by Instance of Cubbery). Manny's still far and away the all-time leader.

You have not been here long enough to comment on this I do not think. But I appreciate the sentiment and am happy you are so content with this team. Enjoy.

Also, this is going to be a meaningless statistic. "Instances of Cubbery" are so fucking high right now that dividing any amount of whines by that number will be infinitesimally small.

For example, I just whined by saying that instances of Cubbery were fucking high, but 1/Billion is not even worth discussing. StatFail.

True enough. Maybe we need some kind of average Instances of Cubbery index.

?

I've been here since '03. Or not here exactly, but back where it was when MVN.

Thanks for playing. And for being great at taking a joke.

I don't attack people on a personal level and I would appreciate the same courtesy.

I felt (and said so at the time) that during the '08-09 off season the Cubs got weaker, and I said during the '09-10 off season that I felt the Cubs did not improve. I am displeased with the team and if you don't care to read about my frustration, feel free to not read my comments.

Yikes. Apologies. I'd thought two guys who'd been around here a while could take a little playful ribbing from another guy who'd been around here a while. Didn't mean to strike a nerve.

As for me, I do not like this team at all. I didn't like really any of the offseason moves and I don't think Lou really deserves his job. I've publicly apologized to Manny for ever criticizing him about wanting to fire Hendry. But ever since the '07 playoffs, I've just found the Cubbery more a source of entertainment than misery. I realize I might be alone in this.

I never expected us to contend this year, but losing is never fun. Please, keep the comments coming.

like a sorority house, everyone at TCR gets their period at the same time.

/shows self out.

I read it as "Ryno & E-Man are whiny". If it wasn't meant that way, carry on. And yes, I get bitchy at least once a month.

It was meant that way, but more jokingly than seriously. I do a fair bit of whining myself. Perhaps whining is not really something to joke about.

Again, apologies. Please don't Internet hate me.

We cool.

I don't have to worry about a knife fight now...

phew.

Wow, you guys are all a bunch of bitches.

Cubs suck.

Cool, Andrew. This team makes ALL of us whine to varying degrees. I really didn't take anything personally - and can take it if it is not malicious.

For instance, should Jeff "The Wideout" turn into a valuable pitcher, I will be the first one to belly up to the bar and state I called him a "bust."

For Will Ohman, of course, I will not - even if he wins a Cy Young.

That note is still on my fridge.

Right next to the note I wrote to myself about how excited I was when I saw his major league debut.

Inside the fridge I've got some frozen crow ready to defrost at any time. I have a pretty good idea who will be eating that, but I hold out hope.

I think the whining and testiness tends to climb the worse the team does. Losing 3 out of four to the Astros and Mets will bring out the best in everyone.

"Big" MLB pitcher about to get suspended for PED usage.

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  • Not sure I agree with this logic. The Cubs are one of the best teams in baseball, they have spent heavily on the team over the past couple of seasons, have more hitting prospects than they have places for them to play (and more on the way), a clear weakness in the bullpen, and have a 1.5 year window with Arrieta (to say nothing of the likely declines of Lester and Lackey).

    Unless you think (maybe even if you do think) Schwarber is the next coming of Babe Ruth, I would certainly consider trading him if it brought back a couple of the best relief pitchers in baseball.

    Rob Richardson 2 hours 36 min ago view
  • Miggy was going to sit anyway with Lester starting.

    In related news, do any of the Cubs pitchers want to throw to Contreras?

    Rob G. 2 hours 48 min ago view
  • Only Russell and Miggy failed to reach base yesterday. Both sit today.

    billybucks 2 hours 56 min ago view
  • Trading Schwarber actually makes a lot of sense because his actual position is currently being taken by Anthony Rizzo, unless they vote in the DH this offseason.

    Trading him for a reliever is never going to happen though. I don't think you can trade Schwarber unless you get a CF'er for a few years (presume Fowler finds his multi-year deal next offseson) or a couple of high end young starters...or an established starter...a good one like Chris Sale.

    Rob G. 3 hours 8 min ago view
  • I don't see what the Yanks have that the Cubs need.

    Ryno 3 hours 12 min ago view
  • peter gammons on MLB network pushing the yanks/schwarber angle...says insiders from the yanks say brian cashman highly covets him.

    unless that conversation starts with a.miller (2/18m left on contract) i dunno how you even start that conversation given the "not trash, but no stars" state of the yanks minor league system.

    they got corner OF'r aaron judge, C gary sanchez, RHP james kaprielian's questionable elbow, RHP domingo acevedo...all interesting, none expected to impact the game like schwarber's power potential.

    crunch 3 hours 46 min ago view
  • Zo, Heyward, KB, Riz, Contreras (LF), Baez (SS), Szczur (CF), Ross, Lester

    Cubster 3 hours 54 min ago view
  • damn. low sample size blah blah whatever, but that slash got sneaky good. 10 hits, 4 walks, 2hr, 1 double through 39 PA...nice

    crunch 4 hours 13 min ago view
  • Buddy Ryan takes his place alongside George Allen as the great Bear head coaches who never were.

    VirginiaPhil 7 hours 8 min ago view
  • Well, at least he can still hit: Jake slashing .294/.368/.868. Forget hitting 8th -- he should hit 6th.

    billybucks 7 hours 26 min ago view
  • Curious to see today's lineup vs. a LHP: Ross needs to catch Lester, Joe likes Javy at 3B when Lester pitches. Heyward with back-to-back good games at the plate, and is actually hitting a little better against LHP (.247/.341) than RHP (.232/.321), although neither is much to write home about. But, tomorrow is an early day game, so some regulars will probably sit either today or tomorrow.

    Maybe Willson in LF, KB in RF and Almora in CF? If so, Albert Jr., assume every ball is yours.

    billybucks 7 hours 31 min ago view
  • "Pitching prospects not looking so hot"

    That reminds me that Lucas Giolito will start for the Nats tonight.

    VirginiaPhil 7 hours 34 min ago view
  • Well, there you go. Federowicz is one of the best at balls in the dirt.

    VirginiaPhil 7 hours 54 min ago view
  • Reds pitching meeting tomorrow:

    "Hey coach...maybe we should walk Bryant?"
    "No...keep challenging him with fastballs! What kind of man are you?! The Cubs walked Harper, and look what happened there! They got teased for it, by one of the Nat players! Is that what you want?"

    billybucks 18 hours 35 min ago view
  • How can I get that feature? I think it woudl be a win-win for all involved.

    billybucks 18 hours 39 min ago view
  • Ian Happ is hitting.733 after 5 games at Tennessee. He went into tonight's game hitting .667 -- and went 3-for-3 to raise his average.

    2-for-3, including a bomb, for LaStella at Iowa. Pierce Johnson very bad -- 2IP, 5ER. Pitching prospects not looking so hot -- Underwood has been awful.

    Did Jiminez get hurt? I noticed he came out early yesterday.

    billybucks 19 hours 27 min ago view