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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Padres, Wednesday 5/14, 7:05 CT

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San Diego Padres
@ Chicago Cubs

Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 7:05 PM CDT
Wrigley Field

Jake Peavy vs Ted Lilly

Clear. Winds blowing from left to right field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Around 60.

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Good news: No rain in the forecast!

Bad news: Chilly temperatures in the forecast.

We have been having a lot of discussions here recently about acquisitions, trades, etc. and how they are made, and what sorts of discussions go on in front offices. SBN's Twins blogger Jesse Lund has some answers for us in this interview he recently did with Twins assistant GM Rob Antony. Most of it has to do with Twins players, but you can also get some insight into the thought processes that go on in MLB front offices.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Ted Lilly
T. Lilly
Cubs
vs. Jake Peavy
J. Peavy
Padres
3-4 W-L 4-2
5.24 ERA 2.47
39 SO 52
16 BB 18
7 HR 5
vs. SD -- vs. Cubs

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Ted Lilly 3-4 8 8 0 0 0 0 44.2 42 26 26 7 16 39 5.24 1.30


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Jake Peavy 4-2 8 8 1 0 0 0 54.2 41 15 15 5 18 52 2.47 1.08

Just looking at these pitchers' overall records, you'd think this was a mismatch. But under the category of "What have you done for me lately", let's look at their last four starts:

Peavy: 1-2, 4.01 ERA, 24.2 IP, 4 HR
Lilly: 3-1, 2.42 ERA, 26 IP, 3 HR

So, Lilly's hot, and Peavy's not. Peavy is 2-0, 2.10 in five career starts vs. the Cubs, and handles everyone on the current roster pretty well. Lilly is 3-0, 0.77 in his three career starts against the Padres (discounting this pounding the Padres gave him in relief on September 9, 1999, when he was a 23-year-old rookie for the Expos, his fifth major league appearance.

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Today's overflow comment thread will post at 8:40 pm CT.

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