I’ve said numerous times Ted Lilly is the true ace of the Cubs’ rotation.
Of course, I’m always repeating myself because Cubs fans and the media barely recognize Lilly as an ace.
Don’t ask me why, either? I think the whole conversation is plain as day.
Break it down how you like, but there’s not an equal on this staff to Lilly. His overall numbers, wins and big-game production since signing with the Cubs three years ago is unmatched.
Lilly is the ace, even if by the slightest of margins. Better than Zambrano, better than Dempster, better than whomever.
Yet, earlier this week Lilly goes under the knife to clean up discomfort in his throwing shoulder, which he’s suffered from since late August, and we barely hear a peep about the lefty being out four months, perhaps even longer.
Think news like this falls on deaf ears had it been Big Z, Ryan Dempster or the chosen one, Jeff Samardzija being cut? Not a chance!
Lilly said he wanted to avoid surgery altogether, but I can’t blame the guy for pulling the trigger, not with him entering the final year of his contract.
If healthy, Lilly’s gets paid like an ace next November…regardless of whether or not Cubs fans believe him to be one. It’s smart on Ted’s part. Returning to 100-percent should be the southpaw’s top priority.
The Cubs, on the other hand, should be worried. It’s three weeks from Thanksgiving and the club is already dealing with its first setback of the 2010 season…the ace is down, people. For goodness sakes, take notice.