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Pregame Thread: Cubs vs. Reds, Thursday 7/10, 1:20 CT

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Cincinnati Reds
@ Chicago Cubs

Thursday, Jul 10, 2008, 1:20 PM CDT
Wrigley Field

Bronson Arroyo vs Ted Lilly

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to center field at 10-20 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Around 80.

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With the quick turnaround to a day game today, this thread will be fairly short and to the point. There'll be quite a bit of scoreboard-watching this afternoon as both the Cardinals (Braden Looper vs. the Phillies' Jamie Moyer) and Brewers (Dave Bush vs. the Rockies' Jorge de la Rosa) have day games, too.

Meanwhile, here are some more photos from last night's win:

Safe!
Geovany Soto scores on Jeff Keppinger's error in the 2nd inning

Kickin' up dust!
Carlos Zambrano singles in the 8th inning

Click on photos to open a larger version in a new browser window. Photos by David Sameshima

Today's Starting Pitchers
Ted Lilly
T. Lilly
Cubs
vs. Bronson Arroyo
B. Arroyo
Reds
9-5 W-L 6-7
4.47 ERA 5.82
105 SO 91
39 BB 38
19 HR 18
vs. Cin -- vs. Cubs

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Ted Lilly 9-5 19 19 0 0 0 0 112.2 108 59 56 19 39 105 4.47 1.30


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Bronson Arroyo 6-7 19 19 0 0 0 0 99.0 125 71 64 18 38 91 5.82 1.65

After starting off this season in horrific fashion, Ted Lilly is 9-2, 3.54 in his last 16 starts -- very similar to the numbers he put up last season. His one start against the Reds this year was this bad one on April 17, but as noted, Lilly has become YLLIL (turned it around) since then. His only career win vs. the Reds came on April 4, 2007 at Cincinnati.

Bronson Arroyo is most famous in Cub lore for hitting two home runs off Glendon Rusch in 2006, when he was 4-0, 1.01 in five starts against a horrid Cubs team. Last year, Arroyo became OYORRA in a bad way for the Reds, and particularly vs. the Cubs, who pounded him all year (0-3, 5.28 vs. the 2007 Cubs). He has not faced the 2008 version of the Cubs yet.

Let's be realistic. It's going to be warm and somewhat humid today with the wind blowing out. Lilly and Arroyo rank 5th and 6th in the NL in HR allowed. Watch for long balls on both sides this afternoon.

Today's game is on cable in Ohio (so EI viewers will see the Reds feed), on WGN nationally, and at the MLB.com Mediacenter.

MLB.com Gameday (2007 version)

MLB.com Gameday (2008 version)

Baseball-reference.com game preview

Today's first pitch thread will be up at 1:15 pm CT and the overflow comment threads will post at 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm CT.

Discuss amongst yourselves.