Ted Lilly is the Cubs’ Ace.
Has been since signing a 4-year deal with the club in 2006.
In three seasons with Chicago he’s won 43 games, twice reach the 15-win mark, and was the team’s lone All Star rep this season.
Still, it seems the ace label is always applied to Zambrano or Dempster, but never Lilly.
This was a stinker from the words ‘play ball.‘
A label which applies anytime you make more errors (2) than runs scored (1).
Lilly was behind in the count and left pitches up all night, which is never a good thing at little ‘ol Citizens Bank Ballpark.
Don’t know if the left knee was bothering Ted or not. Either way, it’s a forgettable outing.
Despite the two errors (Soriano’s dropped fly ball and Blanco’s errant throw) the Cubs are still ranked second in the majors in fielding efficiency according to Baseball Prospectus.
Kudos to Ted Lilly.
The guy’s been the Cubs’ best pitcher all season long and is deserving of his All Star nod.
According to Cot’s Baseball Contracts, Lilly gets an additional $75,000 bucks for earning a spot on the Mid Summer Classic. Not a bad incentive!
I said Saturday that I wouldn’t want anyone on the mound for a big game other than Lilly. Sunday showed why.
The lefty keeps pitching simple: pound the strike zone and limit walks.
Seven times this season, including Sunday, Ted has not walked a single batter. That’s huge!
Another big outing from Mr. Lilly.
I’ll keep singing the guy’s praises.
The lefty is putting together an All Star type season (7-4, 3.00 ERA) and working towards a career year.
He leads the Cubs’ staff with nine quality starts, and in 10 of 12 outings he’s lasted six innings or more while sporting a 5-0 record when the Cubs give him four or more runs of support.
As I keep saying, what more can you ask?
Of all the positives at the plate Tuesday night, I was mostly thrilled to see Big Geo crack three hits.
I’ll say it again. Ted Lilly is the Cubs’ best starter.
He’s won back-to-back crucial games in his last two outings.
Five days ago Lilly sparkled against the mighty Dodgers in keeping Chicago from falling below .500.
Five days later he’s huge in the Cubs’ most important game of the season–an extra innings 3-2 win against the Braves.
Many fans don’t view Lilly as an Ace, but I do!
What a difference a day makes. Sunday the weather is absolutely gorgeous and Monday looks like a typical January day in Labrador. All the better for Lilly I suppose!
I thought Teddy had No-Hitter written all over him after retiring Helton for the second out in the top of the seventh. Then Atkins steps to the plate and delivers a single into left field – DANG IT!
Still, it’s all good news for Lilly. It took him four starts last season to find his rhythm…and he still won 17 games.
Obviously, the weather factors into the Rockies collecting just one hit…but I take nothing away from Lilly’s performance. After all, the Cubs’ lineup played under the same conditions and scored four runs on nine hits.