Let’s take a look at the Cubs starting rotation – despite the awful, disappointing season, the Cubs pitching staff actually performed very well. The quartet of Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster, Ted Lilly and Rich Harden pitched well despite injuries and rookie Randy Wells rounded out the rotation once he was called up to replace Zambrano after his 1st injury problem.
Ted Lilly – 2009 Report Card Grade – A-.
Ted Lilly was the Cubs most consistent pitcher during the 2009 MLB schedule.
2009 stats – 177 innings in 27 starts; 12-9 record with a 3.10 ERA and 1.06 WHIP; 151 K’s; 36 walks; .230 opponents’ batting average.
2008 stats – 204.2 innings in 34 starts; 17-9 record with a 4.09 ERA and 1.23 WHIP; 184 K’s; 64 walks; .239 opponents’ batting average.
Lilly has been one of the Cubs most consistent pitchers since he joined the organization back in 2007. He has thrived pitching in the “lighter-hitting” National League and looks to have some solid years left in the tank. Lilly has a solid walk-strikeout ratio and really stepped up to the plate in a down 2009 season for the Cubs.
The 2010 MLB schedule is the final year of Lilly’s 4-year, $40 million deal that Lilly signed in 2007. That seems like a bargain right now given some of the awful contracts that GM Jim Hendry has burdened the Cubs with over the last few seasons. Lilly is coming off of 2 surgical procedures in 2009 and at the age of 34, it will be interesting to see how the Cubs address his pending free agency after the 2010 MLB schedule. During the last 3 seasons, Lilly has won 44 games (the most of any Cubs starter during that same span) and made 95 starts.
Lilly has been a class act with the Cubs. He has made Chicago his home and given back so much to the community. If 2010 ends up being Lilly last season in a Cubs uniform, it will be a sad day for Cubs fans all across the country.
Lilly is a fan favorite at the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field and let’s hope that Lilly has another solid season left in the tank for 2010…