Following is a look at the Cardinals’ past numbers against Sunday Cubs starting pitcher Ted Lilly and the Cubs’ hitters success facing Cards starter Todd Wellemeyer (pictured). Of course, some of the “start” players may sit and “sit” players may be in the lineups, but this does indicate what occurred previously.
Cards vs. Lilly
Since coming over to the National League, Lilly has been tough on the Cardinals as a team and Ryan Ludwick specifically with nine strikeouts in 20 at-bats. As no surprise, Albert Pujols seems to hit against anyone, any time, including the veteran left-hander Lilly.
|Career vs. StL||11/11||75 1/3||6-2||2.99||1.06||0.223|
|2008 vs. StL||5/5||35 1/3||3-0||3.06||1.05||0.238|
|Chris Duncan||2-for-6 (.333)|
|Rick Ankiel||3-for 12 (.250)||1HR, 5K|
|Albert Pujols||9-for-28 (.371)||2HR, 5BB, 3K|
|Khalil Greene||1-for-10 (.100)||1K|
|Ryan Ludwick||3-for-20 (.150)||4BB, 9K|
|Yadier Molina||4-for-23 (.174)||1HR, 2BB, 5K|
|Skip Schumaker||1-for-12 (.083)|
|Brendan Ryan||4-for-17 (.235)||1BB, 4K|
Cubs vs. Wellemeyer
Since Wellemeyer accrued the majority of his MLB appearances to date as a reliever wearing the Cubs uniform, almost all of his results facing them occurred last season – a very small sample.
Ryan Theriot has reached base in seven of his 12 plate appearances vs. Wellemeyer on three walks and four hits. On the other side of the coin, Friday’s hero Alfonso Soriano has whiffed in five of nine career at-bats against the Cardinals starter.
|Career vs. ChC||5/4||22 2/3||2-2||3.18||1.37||0.256|
|2008 vs. ChC||4/4||21 2/3||2-2||3.32||1.38||0.256|
|Career at Wrigley||35/1||61||6-3||5.31||1.48||0.247|
|Ryan Theriot||4-for-9 (.444)||3BB|
|Reed Johnson||5-for-12 (.417)||3K|
|Joey Gathright||2-for-3 (.667)|
|Mike Fontenot||2-for-5 (.400)||2BB|
|Aramis Ramirez||3-for-9 (.333)|
|Kosuke Fukudome||0-for-4 (.000)||1BB|
|Derrek Lee||2-for-12 (.167)||2K|
|Alfonso Soriano||2-for-9 (.222)||5K|
|Geovany Soto||1-for-8 (.125)||2BB, 1K|
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