Game 65: Minnesota Twins @ Chicago Cubs

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First Pitch:  1:20pm CDT
TV:  WFTC29
Radio:  Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy:  Bleed Cubbie Blue

Starting Pitchers


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Ted Lilly 7-4 12 12 0 0 0 0 78.0 62 28 26 11 20 63 3.00 1.05

One glance at those boxes should be giving you a pretty positive feeling about Ted Lilly's season.  He's suppressing hits and getting some strikeouts, and he's reaping the benefits.  Lilly's weakness, at least right now, may be that on the season more than half of his balls in play have been in the air.  In spite of this, he's still posting roughly a average HR:FB ratio.  If the Twins can square up on anything up in the zone, like a high-80's fastball for instance, they could wreak some havoc.  The bad news for Minnesota is that Lilly has been much more dangerous in the comforts of Wrigley Field.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Scott Baker 4-6 11 11 0 0 0 0 67.2 67 43 42 15 12 57 5.59 1.17

Scott Baker has put together consecutive quality starts in which he's not only prevented runs, but amassed a great deal of strikeouts:  18 over 15 innings.  He's been susceptible to big innings this season, due in no small part to the home run (he allowed only 20 all last season, in 172.1 innings).  To continue to build confidence (for himself, and for the fans), it'd be nice to see Baker spin a bunch of zeros this afternoon.  The Cubs are aggressive, which Swarzak took advantage of on Saturday, so hopefully Baker can continue stringing up large K's as well.
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