Gamecast: June 1, 2010- Cubs at Pirates
Jeff Karstens (1-1, 4.78) vs. Ted Lilly (1-4, 3.63)
In what is a season-long struggle with mediocrity, the Cubs continue to be owned by the Pirates. The good news is, the big storyline for the Cubs is the Ted Lilly revival tour. He's coming off his best start of the year and looks to build on, or at least match his success... and maybe get "W" this time. Being the unstoppable force of nature he is, I think Lilly does just that.
The other storyline is that it's June, which seems to be the make or break month for most teams. In 2007, the Cubs saw a surge that eventually led to a division title. The Cubs look to repeat this success and make the division a bit more competitive while the Reds and Cards keep each other in check.
Um... Ted Lilly. Dude went seven strong and only allowed 3 hits in his last start. Even had a few strikeouts, which was reassuring.
See: the bench for today's game. Theriot ignores that OBP and walks exist. Lee and Ramirez are nowhere near 3 and 4 hitters right now. Soto could use a pick me up.
We should win this game. Start June off on the right foot with a strong effort from Teddy Roosevelt, and get some big contributions from role players that get a start tonight.