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Chicago Cubs
@ St. Louis Cardinals

Saturday, Jul 5, 2008, 2:55 PM CDT
Busch Stadium

Ted Lilly vs Kyle Lohse

Clear. Winds blowing from left to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Around 85.

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The weather's going to be great in St. Louis. The even better news, for those of you who aren't scheduled to get this game on the Fox-TV channel in your area, is the weather forecast for New York City:'This Afternoon: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Cloudy, with a high near 79. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Why is this good? Because the Yankees/Red Sox game is Fox's only other game today. If that game is rain-delayed or rained out, Fox will have to send the Cubs and Cardinals to the entire country (except for NYC and Boston).

So do your rain dance for New York!

Theriot, SSFukudome, RFLee, 1BRamirez, 3BEdmonds, CFSoto, CDeRosa, LFFontenot, 2BLilly, P

Today's Starting Pitchers
Ted Lilly
T. Lilly
Cubs
vs. Kyle Lohse
K. Lohse
Cardinals
9-5 W-L 10-2
4.56 ERA 3.67
100 SO 50
38 BB 26
18 HR 7
vs. StL -- vs. Cubs

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Ted Lilly 9-5 18 18 0 0 0 0 106.2 101 57 54 18 38 100 4.56 1.30


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Kyle Lohse 10-2 18 18 0 0 0 0 105.1 108 46 43 7 26 50 3.67 1.27

Ted Lilly threw seven strong innings against the Cardinals on May 3 in St. Louis, and won, the only game the Cubs won in that series. A repeat performance today would be great. Kyle Lohse was the losing pitcher that afternoon, and the Cubs beat him up pretty good, including a three-run HR from Mike Fontenot (obviously, this is why Li'l Mikey is getting the start today). Otherwise, Mark DeRosa also hits Lohse well (6-for-13, a HR), and is in LF today.

As noted above, today's game is on Fox. At posting time there was no available link on the Fox Sports site showing how many markets were carrying this game, but since Fox's other game today is Yankees/Red Sox, I'm guessing it's not many outside the Midwest. For other games today see 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 post just before the actual first pitch, at 2:45 pm CT. The overflow comment threads will post at 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm CT.

Discuss amongst yourselves.