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Braden Looper (2-1, 2.37 ERA) vs. Ted Lilly (1-1, 2.37 ERA)

In a matchup between two 6-9 teams, the St. Louis Cardinals will look to avoid their fifth straight loss when they put right-hander Braden Looper on the hill to face veteran lefty Ted Lilly and the arch-rival Chicago Cubs at 2:20pm ET this afternoon.

Chicago's St. Louis' 6-9 start is the worst by a reigning World Series champion since the 1998 Florida Marlins opened at 1-11. The outlook is not sunny either, having gone 2-8 against the Cubs last year and losing their last 13 of 18 meetings since the start of 2005.

While the Cardinals were pretty terrible against the Cubs last season, Looper was outstanding against them, pitching 12.2 scoreless innings over 10 relief appearances. This being his first season as a starter, Loop has given up just 5 runs over 19 innings.

Lilly did well in his only career start against the Cards, allowing four hits over seven shutout innings of a 5-2 victory last June, while pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays.

More NL Games Today...
  • Nationals (5-11) @ Marlins (6-9) 7:05pm ET

  • Phillies (4-10) @ Reds (8-8) 7:10pm ET

  • Braves (10-5) @ Mets (10-4) 7:10pm ET

  • Astros (8-6) @ Brewers (9-6) 8:05pm ET

  • Padres (9-7) @ Rockies (7-9) 8:05pm ET

  • Diamondbacks (10-7) @ Giants (6-8) 10:15pm ET

  • Pirates (6-8) @ Dodgers (11-5) 10:40pm ET

John Danks (0-2, 3.97 ERA) vs. Chad Durbin (0-1, 12.46 ERA)

Yeah, I could have written a heart-felt preview on the dramatically overly-televised series between the Yankees and Red Sox, but I'm sure there are a zillion other sites like here and where you could find more information on that matchup...

No, instead we are going to take a look at two different division rivals: The Chicago White Sox will look to youngster John Danks as they take on Chad Durbin and the Detroit Tigers at 7:05pm ET tonight.

The left-handed rookie, Danks has a tough act to follow after teammate Mark Buehrle pitched a no-hitter the evening before. He's been pretty solid in his first two big league starts, allowing five runs over 11.1 innings, without receiving a single run of support. This marks his first career start against the Tigers.

Durbin would love to bounce back from a string of bad outings, but it will be tough against a Chicago team that has owned him in the past. He is 1-6 with a 10.90 ERA in nine starts against them, allowing at least five runs in six of those outings. This season, Durbin has allowed 12 runs on 17 hits over 8.2 innings, with opponents batting .425 off of him.

More AL Games Today...
  • Blue Jays (8-7) @ Orioles (8-7) 7:05pm ET

  • Yankees (8-6) @ Red Sox(9-5) 7:05pm ET

  • Indians (6-6) @ Devil Rays (6-9) 7:10pm ET

  • Athletics (8-7) @ Rangers (6-9) 8:05pm ET

  • Twins (10-5) @ Royals (4-11) 8:10pm ET

  • Mariners (5-6) @ Angels (6-9) 10:05pm ET



Mr. Thursday said...

Chicago? World Champion? What?

Sooze said...

Pinchies after lunch? What?

Hey... it wasn't too long ago that they were. Flukes happen.

Megs said...

Thanks for not getting sucked into the glorified hole that is THE MOST ENGAGING MATCHUP OF THE SEASON this weekend. Blech.