Open Thread: Cubs vs. Cardinals, Wednesday 7/25, 7:10 CT

Since 1970, when Ken Holtzman won seventeen games for the Cubs, the following is the complete list of all Cubs lefthanders who have won ten or more games in a season:

1983: Steve Trout, 10
1984: Steve Trout, 13
1987: Jamie Moyer, 12
1993: Greg Hibbard, 15
2007: Ted Lilly, 10

Yes, that's really it. The Cubs have simply not had many lefthanded starters in the last 35 years (since Holtzman was dealt to Oakland after the 1971 season); in fact, here's the list of all the other LHP who have even made 20 or more starts in a season since then (in addition to the above):

1971: Holtzman, 29 starts
1979: Holtzman, 20 starts
1985: Trout, 24 starts
1986: Trout, 25 starts
1988: Moyer, 30 starts
1989: Paul Kilgus, 23 starts
1997: Terry Mulholland, 25 starts
2003: Shawn Estes, 28 starts
2006: Sean Marshall, 24 starts

This year, the Cubs will have, barring any unforeseen circumstances, three lefthanders with at least 20, and probably more than 30, starts, and all three have a shot at double digits in wins. The last time that happened was ... never. The Cubs have never had that many lefthanders who have been that good in a single season. And that's one of the reasons they're winning.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Ted Lilly
T. Lilly
Cubs
vs. Adam Wainwright
A. Wainwright
Cardinals
10-4 W-L 9-7
3.58 ERA 4.18
106 SO 71
29 BB 44
14 HR 9
vs. StL -- vs. Cubs
Ted Lilly has been a revelation this year, perhaps the best free-agent pitching signing. He has by far the best WHIP of his career (1.07, second in the NL to Chris Young), and has been remarkably consistent, having only one or two bad starts. He's 1-1, 1.29 in two career starts vs. the Cardinals, losing a tough one at Wrigley Field on April 20.

The Cubs gave Adam Wainwright two of his worst beatings this year, on April 22 at Wrigley Field in a game the Cardinals won anyway, and then six days later in St. Louis. Aramis Ramirez, Derrek Lee, Jacque Jones, Ryan Theriot, and even Ronny Cedeno all hit him hard. Let that continue tonight.

Today's game has made it onto ESPN2, for those of you who don't have WGN. If you have neither, try the Mediacenter.

MLB.com Gameday (2007 version)

MLB.com Gameday (2006 version)

MLB.com Gameday for the Brewers/Reds game

Discuss amongst yourselves.

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