Ted Lilly Looks to Give Chicago Cubs Series Win and Division Lead

kane simmonsCorrespondent IApril 19, 2009

CHICAGO - APRIL 20: Starting pitcher Ted Lilly #30 of the Chicago Cubs delivers the ball against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 20, 2007 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Cardinals defeated the Cubs 2-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

After losing the first game in the four game series to the St. Louis Cardinals, the Cubs will try to win the series on Sunday Night Baseball.

For the victory, the Cubs turn to the left arm of Ted Lilly, who will go for his third victory in as many starts. The Cardinals will send former Cubs prospect Todd Wellemeyer to the bump.

Wellemeyer is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA and seven strikeouts in 12 innings of work. Lilly is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 11.2 innings. He flirted with a no-hitter against the Rockies in his last start.

So far in this series, the story has been the bullpen for both teams. Whichever team can get to the bullpen first will have the advantage.

For the Cubs, clutch home runs by Ramirez on Saturday, and Soriano of Friday, have won both of their games. Both homers were the only hits for both players in their respective games.

The Cubs have caught a big break though, with Albert Pujols only hit in 11 plate appearances coming in the first game of the series. Pujols is overdue for a big game and his slumps never last long.

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Sunday night's game will have fewer runs on the scoreboard, I think. It is supposed to be cold and wet in Wrigley, with a game time temperature in the lower 50's or high 40's and a 70 percent chance of rain.

With a Cubs victory Sunday night they will take both the series and the Central Division lead away from the rival Cardinals.