Goatriders of the Apocalypse

Gamecast: May 5, 2010 - Cubs @ Pirates

Ted Lilly (1-1, 4.91 ERA) vs. Charlie Morton (0-5, 12.57 ERA)


T'Lil makes his 3rd start tonight as the Cubs try to get back to their winning ways of late after dropping a 3-2 decision to the Buccos last night. Lilly's had one really good start and one fairly miseraable one. Often guys are up and down when they come back from shoulder surgery, so let's hope that tonight's more of the former. The Pirates' offense certainly isn't a formidable one, and I feel good about a nice outing for Bulldog #30 tonight. Opposing him is Charlie Morton who's been downright miserable this year. He's lost all 5 of his starts, and that 12+ ERA is just startling. Recent rumors have him pitching for his rotation spot tonight, so we'll see if that has any bearing on his productivity. His last start on April 30th was his best (least bad?) of the year, going 6 innings and allowing 6 runs (only 3 earned) on 6 hits. 6-6-6. Eek.

Who's Hot
Ryan Theriot has a lucky 13-game hitting streak going on, during which his batting avg has risen from .222 to .357. He's certainly seeing the ball well. Alfonso Soriano has that fun little 4-game homer streak going on as well. Also hot is Milton Bradley. He's hot at his team, his manager, the home plate ump from last night, etc. Word is he walked out on his team mid-way thru the game last night. Classy, Milton...classy. I'd be lying if I said that I'm not rooting for that to end as poorly as possible and I don't care if that makes me a bad person.

Who's Not
Rami's batting average has fallen below .150. It's officially start time to become concerned. What to do about it? Drop him even further in the lineup? Also not hot are Pirates IF Ronny Cedeno (something like 4 for his last 40) and Jeff Clement (hitting far less than his weight). Oy. I'm glad I'm not a Pirates fan.

Get another winning streak going tonight and get back to .500.  Gotta get moving on these Cards, they're not showing signs of slowing.


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