Joel Pineiro tossed a complete game shut-out against the Cubs, and only had to make 92 pitches doing it.
Here's the spin from Joel's stats page on ESPN: "He struck out a season-high five and did not walk a batter while allowing just three hits. While Pineiro's outing on Tuesday night was nothing short of spectacular, don't bet on lightning striking twice here. Pineiro's getting by with very good command (seven walks in 54.1 innings) despite the fact that he been very hittable."
The guy has a 4.50 career ERA.
3 hits for the Cubs, and not a single guy gets past second base the whole snooze of a game.
His last start, he gave up 11 hits against the Pirates, losing 5 to zip.
Oh well, either he had a great day or the Cubs were jet-lagged from the hour long flight to St. Louis.
Worse, the Blackhawks lost a game that would have changed everything, 2-3 in overtime.
So, a full dose of double whammy suckiness last night.
Tonight will be Rick Ankiel and Chris Carpenter's return from the DL, a huge boost for the Cards.
Ahhhh, so much can happen in a season, but Ted Lilly's off to a pretty great start.
In the NL, there are 7 pitchers tied for the lead in victories with 5 apiece including Terrible Ted, who has 5 wins and 2 losses.
And most of those guys have already had 8 starts while Ted's had only 7 - so there's a chance that Ted could be the first to 6 games in the NL.
In the AL, Roy Halliday has 8 freaking wins already, and that Zack Grienke guy from Kansas City has 7 wins and a .60 ERA.
I told you I bought that MLB.com package, which is only good for teams other than the Cubs unless I'm traveling (they black out all Cub home games because I live in Chicago, which REALLY pisses me off), so sometimes I turn that on at home and watch other teams, sometimes even 4 games at once.
I might even get to know other teams besides the Cubs this year...for sure I'm gonna catch that Grienke next time he pitches.
Anyway, we're not even a quarter of the way into the season, and even a simpleton like me can figure that... well lets see if you round off the quarter season thing and multiply 5 times the remaining (holding up fingers) one, two, three quarters of the season you get fifteen plus the five he's won already and I'VE GOT IT!
20 wins for Ted Lilly!
And if he wins tomorrow of course that projects out to 24!
But lets not get greedy here.
Just a little sub-plot to the season that I'll be keeping an eye on.
Not sure if you know this, but I hate the Astros.
And losing to them when their bullpen is pretty much spent or injured and they start a guy with the .844 ERA, well, kinda ruined Sunday.
That along with the Hawks not lookin' too sharp.
But tomorrow we're back to the Cubs vs. the Cardinals.
At the end of this series we won't even be into June yet, but we'll have played 10 of the 16 games against them for the '09 season.
After this there's only 3 in July and 3 in September - so don't miss a pitch.
Tuesday night Terrible Ted goes for W #6 vs. the Cards and Joel Pineiro in St. Louis.
Man, after all that awesome baseball, Kevin Gregg came in in the 9th and became the story of the game.
2 pitches, 2 homers, a couple hits, and by the time the damage he'd done was finished, the game was tied 4 up.
The booing he got was of the special kind.
I think it's just unproductive, but I understand it.
And I hope he gets over it today, because Kevin - you're the closer.
Until the 9th, this game was pitcher-perfectly mapped out for a Cub W over Astro Ace Roy Oswalt.
Randy Wells continues to impress, shutting out the Astros for 6, then came Angel Guzman, perfect.
Then Carlos Marmol, every out was a strike out.
4 zip top of the 9th, bring in the closer and lets go home happy.
But it went bad in a hurry, and the crowd got ugly.
Two ladies next to us would boo as loud and lustily as they could, then look at each other and giggle.
Booing is so much fun, right ladies?
In the bottom of the 9th, Bobby Scales had an impressive, pressure packed at-bat vs. ex-Cub LaTroy Hawkins where he went 3-0, took a strike, and then swung at the second (you know he had to get permission for that swing, and he took it), and then just like the LaTroy I remember...ball 4.
Aaron Miles bunts Scales to 2nd.
Alfonso hits a little pop to right, and Hunter Pence's throw goes 5 feet over Pudge Rodriguez' glove, Bobby Scales slides across.
Everybody sings Go Cubs Go and Gregg gets off the hook.
I don't want to think about what woulda happened had the Cubs lost.
So, I won't.
Today it looks pretty nice out, and it'll be Rich Harden against career ERA 4.77 Astro Brian Moehler.
Moehler's ERA for this season?
Go feast, Cubs.
If watching has taught me anything about Lou, Kevin Gregg will be out there at the end of today's game.
You fall off the horse, Lou's gonna put you back on.
Bobby Scales, he just might be a different kind of guy.
You've all heard the story - 11 years in the minor leagues, incredible patience, never gives up, has a pretty awesome spring, Aramis Ramirez gets injured and poof.
Livin' the dream.
He's played in 6 games, has 8 hits, 2 doubles, a triple, a homer, 5 RBIs, a .444 AVG, and as they say, he's flashin' the glove too.
Plus, he just seems to be such an incredible human.
Have you seen the interviews?
Go here for the one with Mouthpiece Sports' Sarah Spain.
"For alot of my career people said I wasn't good enough defensively to play here..."
"A testament to the infield coaches I've had..."
Guy's impossibly humble, outgoing, and just plain nice.
Couldn't be rooting for a cooler guy.
Bobby, I hope your cup stays bottomless and you just stay a Cub.
And in a couple hours, we're gonna head to Wrigley and...I think Bobby's starting today.
I also think today Milton Bradley sits out for his 1 game suspension today...
And I know that it's rookie Randy Wells starting against Roy Oswalt of the...why it's the Houston Astros.
(Should you leave a comment today, I'm pretty sure you know the 4 words each comment should start with.)
It's a little cool out, but the rain's supposed to be out of here so lets play ball.
PS: I WANT TO BE SUPER CLEAR ABOUT MY RYAN THERIOT POST ON MAY 14. I heard that the Sun Times had an article that talks about Ryan and PEDs. It really pisses me off that they went there, but anything to sell a paper, right? Anyway, I in no way intended my cartoon to mean anything like that.
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