Goatriders of the Apocalypse

GameCast: June 25th vs. Tigers

GameCastTed Lilly (7-4, 3.04 ERA) vs. Armando Galarraga (3-7, 5.62 ERA)

Story Lines
The Cubs try and avoid a sweep today with staff ace Ted Lilly on the mound. After two pretty heartbreaking losses, the Cubs still find themselves 3.5 games out of first thanks to the Cardinals losing 11-0 to the Mets last night.

Things are not pretty in Chicago, and we all know that. It seems like the good karma we picked up last weekend is now gone after three straight losses. There is no reason to beat a dead horse, so lets go get a win.

Who's Hot
Geovany Soto - In this last 7 days, Geo's hitting .316 with a 1.335 OPS. I'm not saying he's out of the slump, but this is a good sign. He hit another home run last night, but I have a feeling he won't play today with the day after the night game.

Derrek Lee - Our 1B is not sporting a .294 average and a 21-game hitting streak. Too bad we can't get any wins for him.

Who's Not
Milton Bradley - He can't even break a bat correctly after striking out in the 9th last night.

Cubs hitting with RISP - They went 1-15 last night in those spots. You are not going to win many games like that.

The Cubs had 11 hits last night, but they were not at key times. At least they are getting some hits, but now they must come at clutch situations. If only we had a clutch player.

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