Ted, 32, makes his ninth start of the season
… originally signed a four-year deal in December 2006 … the 2007 campaign marked his first time in the National League since pitching with Montreal in 1999.
In nine major league seasons, has compiled 77-70 ledger with a 4.49 ERA (592 ER/1187.2 IP) and 1012 strikeouts.
His 33 wins since the start of the 2006 season are tied for second among major league lefties with C.C. Sabathia (33)
… Johan Santana leads with 38 victories.
Has won 10 or more games in each of the past five seasons.
Has tossed 6.0 or more innings in 113 career starts, going 66-26 with a 2.69 ERA (227 ER/758.2 IP)
… has limited the opponent to a .206 batting average against in those outings.
Was originally selected by the Dodgers in the 1996 First-Year Player Draft by scout Joe Ferrone.
Has also pitched for Montreal (1999), the Yankees (2000-2002), Oakland (2002-2003) and Toronto (2004-2006).
Graduated from Yosemite High School …
attended Fresno City College in California.
Last Time Out
Lilly earned his second consecutive win May 9 as the Cubs topped Arizona, 3-1
… tossed seven frames of one-run, three-hit ball, walking two and striking out a season-high 10.
Surrendered a hit in each of the first three innings, before rendering the D’backs hitless over his last four frames.
The only blip on Lilly’s pitching line came on Chris Young’s first inning homer.
Lilly helped his own cause with an RBI-single to center in the fifth, marking his second RBI of the season.
Has struck out 39 and walked 16 in 44.2 innings of work
… has recorded a quality start in his last four outings
… is looking to win three straight starts for the first time since his career-high, seven-game winning streak June 15-July 25 of last season.
Owns a 2-0 ledger with a 1.38 (2 ER/13.0 IP) and a .152 average against over his last two Wrigley Field starts.
Is 3-1 with a 2.42 ERA (7 ER/26.0 IP) in his last four starts after beginning the season 0-3 with a 9.16 ERA (19 ER/18.2 IP) in his first four outings.
Limiting right-handed batters to a .231 average (31-for-134) but left-handed hitters are batting .268 (11-for-41).
Had gone nine straight starts with two or fewer walks dating to September 5, 2007 vs. the Dodgers before allowing three walks April 17 vs. Cincinnati.
2008 Notable Starts
In his first outing of the 2008 season, Lilly was tagged with an 8-2 loss April 2 against the Brewers at Wrigley
… he allowed four runs on five hits (one home run), walking none and striking out four in 4.2 innings of work.
Surrendered a leadoff homer to Rickie Weeks, then retired 10 of next 11 batters faced before Milwaukee used three consecutive hits in the fourth to plate two more runs.
Lasted 3.2 innings in Chicago’s 10-8, 12-inning win Monday in Pittsburgh … held Pirates scoreless through three innings before allowing five runs on four hits (plus two errors) in the fourth.
Tagged with his second loss of the season in a 7-1 setback at Philadelphia April 12
… allowed five runs on seven hits (two home runs) and two walks while striking out three.
Tossed a then season-high 6.0 innings, allowing five runs on six hits and three walks while striking out six in Chicago’s 9-2 setback against the Reds April 17
… held the Reds scoreless until the fourth, when Joey Votto hit a three-run double.
Earned his first win of the season in the Cubs 8-1 victory over the New York Mets April 22
… tossed one-run, four-hit ball, striking out four and walking four over six frames.
Kept the Mets scoreless until the sixth inning, retiring the first 10 batters he faced … included three 1-2-3 innings.
Turned in his second straight quality start, although was tagged with the 2-0 loss April 27 in Washington … limited the Nationals to four hits while walking two and striking out a season-high seven.
Gave up two runs in the second inning before tossing four consecutive scoreless frames.
Recorded his second win of the season with the Cubs’ 9-3 victory in St. Louis
May 3 … limited the Cardinals to three runs on six hits in a season-high 7.0 innings pitched, striking out four and walking one.
Lilly fanned Ryan Ludwick in the second inning for his 1,000th career strikeout.
Held the Cardinals scoreless through three before surrendering single runs in
the fourth, fifth, and sixth frames.
Surrendered a pair of homers for the second time this season
In his 202 big league starts, Lilly has:
11 double-digit strikeout games.
Worked at least 6.0 innings 113 times
… at least 7.0 innings 51 times
… at least 8.0 innings 10 times
… and has 4 complete games.
Issued 2 or fewer walks 130 times — including 20 no-walk outings
… his career-high walk total is eight (6/17/01 at New York Mets).
Low-Hit Complete Game: One-hitter, 4/27/02 @ Seattle (8.0 IP)
Most Strikeouts: 13, 8/23/04 vs. Boston … also has one 12-strikeout game, one 11-strikeout game and eight 10-strikeout affairs
Longest Winning Streak: 7 games (6/15-7/25/07)