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5/14 PADS@CUBS 7:10PM TV: WCIU; RADIO: WGN RADIO

CUBS NOTES

San Diego Padres (15-25) vs. Chicago Cubs (23-16)

May 14, 2008 … Wrigley Field … Game No. 40 … Home Game No. 23
RHP Jake Peavy (4-2, 2.47) vs. LHP Ted Lilly (3-4, 5.24)

NO CATCHY HEADLINE, JUST THE FACTS: Chicago saw its four-game winning streak snapped last night in a 4-3 setback vs. the Padres, as the two teams tonight play the third game of this four-game set

… this is the sixth game of a season-high, 10-game homestand against the Diamondbacks (3-0), Padres (1-1) and Pirates (3 games)

… following this homestand, the Cubs will hit the road for a six-game trip against Houston (May 19-21) and Pittsburgh (May 23-25).
The Cubs are in the sixth game (4-1) of a stretch that sees them play 17 of 23 games at Wrigley Field

… this follows a run that saw Chicago on the road for 11 of 14 games from April 23-May 7 – the Cubs went 5-9 in that span.

Chicago has won four of five

… this follows a stretch that saw Chicago go 3-7 from April 27-May 7

… the team had nine wins in a 10-game run from April 13-23, capped by the season-long six-game winning streak.

BULLPEN BRILLIANCE: The Cubs bullpen is looking to go six straight games without allowing a run for the first time since May 2-8, 2002 (22.0 IP)

… this is just the third time in the last seven years that Chicago’s bullpen has gone five straight games without allowing a run (May 21-25, 2003 and July 28-August 1, 2007).

Chicago’s bullpen has started this homestand with 15.0 scoreless innings, allowing just seven hits and four walks while striking out nine and limiting opponents to a .146 batting average (7-for-48)

… overall, the bullpen has tossed 17.0 shutout innings dating to May 7 in Cincinnati.

Over the last 10 games, Chicago’s bullpen has recorded a 1.26 ERA (4 ER/28.2 IP), holding the opponent scoreless in nine of those contests.

ABOUT THE BATS: Chicago’s .282 team batting average ranks second in the N.L. and third in the majors behind Boston (.293) and Atlanta (.283)

… the Cubs lead baseball with a .372 on-base percentage – the team has reached base 594 times, second in baseball behind the Red Sox (599).

Chicago’s hitters have been hit by a pitch 21 times, the most in the N.L. and second only to Cleveland (29).

COMFORTS OF HOME: The Cubs have gone 15-7 in their first 22 home games of the season … the 15 home victories are tied for the most in baseball with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Rays while the team’s .682 home winning percentage is tied for third-best in majors.

The Cubs lead the majors with a .399 on-base percentage at home while their .311 batting average and a .497 slugging percentage at home both rank second.

MULTI-HIT GAMES ARE GOOD: Ryan Theriot went 2-for-3 with two walks Monday night vs. San Diego, notching his 17th multi-hit game of the season – that’s tied for third in baseball with Boston’s Dustin Pedroia

… Atlanta’s Chipper Jones and Philadelphia’s Chase Utley lead with 18 multi-hit games apiece.

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: Chicago has 11 come-from-behind victories this season, tied for third-most in the N.L. with Milwaukee

… the Phillies lead with 13 come-from-behind wins.

Chicago’s four wins this homestand have been of the “come-from-behind” variety

… Monday, Chicago erased a 2-1 deficit with six runs in the fifth in a 12-3 win … Sunday vs. Arizona, Chicago was down 4-2 before scoring two runs each in the seventh and eighth.

SERIES SPEAK:
The Cubs are 1-4-1 in their last six series after going 5-1-0 in their previous six series

… Chicago is looking to win consecutive series for the first time since winning three consecutive sets from April 15-22: 2-1 vs. Reds, 3-0 vs. Pirates and 2-0 vs. Mets.

Chicago is 0-4-1 in its last five series against the Padres

… the Cubs last series win against them was in 2005, when they took three-of-four in San Diego, June 2-5.

WALKS, WALKS, WALKS: The Cubs have drawn 185 walks this season, second in the majors behind St. Louis (200)

… through 39 contests last season, Chicago had 122 walks.

If the Cubs were to keep up this pace (4.74 BB/G), they would draw 768 walks this season … the club record is 650 walks, set in 1975.

THERE ARE ALWAYS EXCEPTIONS TO RULES: The Cubs are 19-1 when scoring four or more runs in a game this season, 4-15 when scoring three runs or less

… the Cubs are also 20-1 when leading after five innings this season, 3-15 otherwise.


Chicago’s 226 runs scored this season leads baseball
… Arizona is second with 216 runs scored while Boston is third with 213
… the Cubs have averaged 5.8 runs per game, including a 7.0 mark at home (153 runs in 22 games).

LEADING OFF

Alfonso Soriano last night hit his first leadoff homer of the season, the 45th of his career … that puts him in third place on baseball’s all-time list.

MOST LEADOFF HOMERS IN MAJOR LEAGUE HISTORY
Rank Player HR
1. Rickey Henderson 81
2. Craig Biggio 53
3. Alfonso Soriano 45
4. Brady Anderson 44

Soriano owns the single-season major league record with 13 leadoff homers in 2003 with the Yankees … Rick Monday owns the Cubs single-season record with 8 leadoff homers in 1976.

ABOUT THE RECORD
The Cubs (23-16/.590) share the second-best record in the majors with Florida and Tampa Bay … Chicago’s .682 home winning percentage is tied for third-best in baseball.

BEST WIN PCT., 2008
Team Pct.
Arizona D’Backs........... .615 (24-15)
Chicago Cubs......... .590 (23-16)
Florida Marlins............. .590 (23-16)
Tampa Rays................. .590 (23-16)
L.A. Angels of Anaheim. .585 (24-17)

BEST HOME WIN PCT., 2008
Team Pct.
Atlanta Braves............... .778 (14-4)
Boston Red Sox.............. .737 (14-5)
Chicago Cubs........... .682 (15-7)
Arizona D’Backs............. .682 (15-7)
Tampa Bay Rays............ .682 (15-7)


UPCOMING MILESTONES
Milestone...............Player (Number Needed)
1,087 Strikeouts#................Carlos Zambrano (2)
250 Home Runs............................Derrek Lee (2)
250 Home Runs.....................Alfonso Soriano (4)
800 RBI................................Aramis Ramirez (5)
200 Home Runs+..............Kosuke Fukudome (6)
#To pass Larry Corcoran for ninth on Cubs all-time list
+Professionally, between Chunichi and Cubs

PITCHES PER PLATE APPEARANCE, 2008
Rank Team Pitches
1. Cleveland Indians 3.93
2. Chicago Cubs 3.92
3. Texas Rangers 3.90

MAJOR LEAGUE LEADERS, RUNS SCORED IN 2008
Rank Team Runs
1. Chicago Cubs 226
2. Arizona 216
3. Boston 213

MAJOR LEAGUE LEADERS, OBP IN 2008
Rank Team OBP
1. Chicago Cubs .372
2. St. Louis .367
3. Boston .364

COMPARE THIS…
The Cubs enter tonight’s contest one-game up in the N.L. Central with a 23-16 record … through 39 games last season, Chicago was 18-21 (and 19-21 through 40 games) – good for third place, 7.0 games back of Milwaukee … the Cubs are 15-7 in their first 22 home games this season - last year, Chicago was 10-12 through its first 22 home contests.
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HAIRSTON CF
IGUCHI 2B
GILES RF
A GONZALEZ 1B
KUZMANOFF 3B
GREENE SS
HUBER LF
BARD C
PEAVY P




SORIANO LF
THERIOT SS
LEE 1B
RAMIREZ 3B
FUKUDOME RF
SOTO C
DEROSA 2B
JOHNSON CF
LILLY P






JAKE PEAVY 4-2, 2.47 ERA

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TED LILLY
3-4, 5.24 ERA
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ABOUT LILLY

About Lilly
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.

2008 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).

Career Bests
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)
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Rammy strikes out.

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