Monday, December 24, 2007

Theodore Roosevelt "Ted" Lilly (born January 4, 1976 in Lomita, California), is a left-handed starting pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. He bats and throws left-handed. The 6'1" Lilly attended Yosemite High School in Oakhurst, California, and Fresno City College.
Lilly is a fly-ball pitcher. His fastball is usually in the range of 87-91 MPH, although it can reach 94 at times. It feels faster from the hitter's perspective because Lilly's pitching motion hides the ball well. He also throws a slider and a useful change-up. His favorite out pitch is a slow, looping curveball; however, his command of this pitch is very inconsistent, and hanging curveballs tend to account for many of his hits allowed. He can also tend to take too many pitches to get through innings and thus often fails to last beyond the sixth inning despite his ability to pitch well late into his starts. On days when Lilly does spot his curveball and challenges opposing hitters with strikes, he is a formidable adversary for any lineup and can be downright unhittable (see Red Sox, below).

Montreal Expos (1999)
New York Yankees (2000-2002)
Oakland Athletics (2002-2003)
Toronto Blue Jays (2004-2006)
Chicago Cubs (2007-present) Professional career
Lilly broke into the majors with the Montreal Expos in 1999, pitching in only nine games that year before being traded to the New York Yankees as part of a trade involving Hideki Irabu. Lilly played two plus years for the Yankees before being dealt to the Oakland Athletics in a three team deal that included pitchers Jeff Weaver heading to New York and Jeremy Bonderman going to the Detroit Tigers. Lilly was in the starting rotation for Oakland, and pitched in the American League Division Series in both 2002 and 2003.

Early Years
Lilly was traded from the Athletics to the Blue Jays for Bobby Kielty. He made the American League All-Star team in 2004 as the Jays' lone representative that year.
The highlight of his career as a Blue Jay was a start on August 23, 2004 against the Boston Red Sox. He pitched a complete-game shutout and struck out 13 batters in a three-hit 3-0 victory.

Ted Lilly 2006 Season
In his first start for the Cubs, Lilly defeated the Cincinnati Reds in a strong outing, taking a no hitter into the fifth inning, and only yielding one earned run over seven innings.

Ted Lilly MLB Stats

Montreal Expos all-time roster

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