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Ricketts, Shark And (What Else?) Peavy News: Cubs vs. Astros Preview, Wednesday 9/2, 1:20 CT

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Tom Ricketts was at last night's game. He shook hands with Lou and Koyie Hill, and I'm glad he got to see a solidly played win. Let there be many more of these. (Maybe we should get Ricketts to come to every game, if he isn't planning on doing that already.)

So while we prepare for what (we hope) is a series win over the Astros, here are a few baseball notes to pore over this morning:

Today's Starting Pitchers
Ted Lilly
Ted Lilly
Cubs
vs. Felipe Paulino
Felipe Paulino
Astros
9-8 W-L 2-6
3.35 ERA 6.96
118 SO 58
29 BB 22
21 HR 13
vs. Hou -- vs. Cubs

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Ted Lilly 9-8 22 22 0 0 0 0 142.1 129 58 53 21 29 118 3.35 1.11


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Felipe Paulino 2-6 17 11 0 0 0 1 64.2 89 55 50 13 22 58 6.96 1.72

Felipe Paulino started the year in Houston's rotation and made three starts, all of which were decent. Then, for some reason, Cecil Cooper sent him to the bullpen. After three relief appearances -- one of which was a horrendous 0.2 inning, 4 ER outing against the Cubs on May 7, which included a HR by Alfonso Soriano -- he was back in the rotation. That turned out, um, badly -- seven starts, 7.59 ERA. Back in the pen he went; this is his first start since August 4.

Ted Lilly has won nine games this year. Three of them are vs. the Astros; he gave up four homers to them in Houston in his first start of the year on April 8, but has allowed only 17 HR in his 21 other starts, and overall this year is 3-0, 3.06 vs. Houston. This will be his first start vs. the Astros in Chicago in 2009; the three others were all in Houston. Astros hitters are hitting .195 (43-for-221) vs. Ted.

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