Ted Lilly

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Ted Lilly

Chicago Cubs (2007-2010)

Birthday:  January 4

  • 2-Time All-Star (2004, 2009)
  • 15 Wins for 2007 Cubs (8th in NL)
  • 17 Wins for 2008 Cubs (3rd in NL)
  • Chicago Cubs Win/Loss Record:  47-34

Yesterday's Cubs, Today's Metrics:

Comparing pitchers from different era's can be a little complicated.  WAR is a cumulative statistic so a pitcher that had 200 more innings than another, shouldn't be compared by WAR alone.  So, taking a look at Ted Lilly, he started 113 games for the Cubs compiling 705.2 innings with a 11.7 WAR.  He had a very solid 47-34 record.  This WAR figure puts Lilly 49th on the Cubs pitchers list all-time (after the 2017 season).  I took a closer look at any pitcher with a WAR below 13 and higher than 10 and would be recognizable 

pitchers from fairly recent era's (Milt Pappas & Burt Hooton would be the oldest pitchers on this list).

Essentially, as I look at this list, I simplified it to say who is better than Lilly, who is very comparable to Ted Lilly and which pitchers Lilly performed better than.  


Here is how it came out to me:

  • Better than Lilly:  Burt Hooton, Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, Dennis Eckersley
  • Very close comparison to Lilly: Scott Sanderson, Matt Clement
  • Lilly was better:  Frank Castillo, Mike Krukow, Kevin Tapani, Milt Pappas, Steve Trout, Steve Trachsel


It is interesting to me that the 2 pitchers who were very comparable to Lilly were also Cubs playoff pitchers, Scott Sanderson & Matt Clement.  I remember Sanderson was a very reliable pitcher that didn't go deep into games and was at the back end of the Cubs 1984 rotation.  Matt Clement was a middle to back end rotation guy for the Cubs 2003 playoff team and he pitched one of the better games in the playoff series against the Marlins.  Ted Lilly was a top to middle of the rotation pitcher for 2 Cubs playoff teams (2007, 2008) that didn't win a single game in either series.  Lilly pitched poorly in his only playoff appearance.  The image of him throwing his glove onto the mound after he gave up a 3-run home run to Chris Young of the Diamondbacks is still in mind when I think of Ted Lilly.   

Below is a list of the players I compared with Ted Lilly.  All figures are from Fangraphs and only reflect the statistics of these players while with the Cubs.  


                Name                          W    L      G        GS      IP      ERA       FIP   WAR

  • Frank Castillo        47   62     161    161   944    4.26    4.05    12.3
  • Burt Hooton          32     42   102       92    620   3.59    3.20     12.2
  • Jon Lester               43     25     96        96   588    3.33    3.45     12.0
  • Mike Krukow        45     50   140     140  812    4.12    3.65     11.8
  • Kyle Hendricks    38     22     99        99    588    2.95   3.43     11.8
  • Ted Lilly                    47     34   113      113  705    3.70   4.15     11.7
  • Kevin Tapani         51      50   129      129  803    4.64   4.32     11.6
  • Scott Sanderson 37      36   116     116   659   3.86    3.55     11.3
  • Dennis Eckersley27     26     81         81   529    3.64   3.25     10.7
  • Matt Clement       35     36     94         94   587    3.78   3.84     10.6
  • Milt Pappas            51     41   115      112  763    3.33   3.73     10.5
  • Steve Trout            41     37    123      123  717    3.99   3.78     10.3
  • Steve Trachsel     61     72    190      190 1162   4.41   4.75     10.1

Ted Lilly:  This Day in Chicago Cubs History

December 15, 2006

Jim Hendry signs one of the more popular Cubs in recent times, Ted Lilly. The other part of this story is that the rumor is that Hendry was completing this deal in the hospital while having angioplasty surgery. Rather ironic
considering that Lilly was known as one of the tougher, fiercest competitors on the team.

April 13, 2009
Ted Lilly takes a no-hitter into the 7th inning in the Cubs home opener for the season.  Lilly and the Cubs defeat the Rockies 4-0.

July 11, 2009
Ted Lilly pitches 8 innings of 4 hit ball (strking out 4 and walking just 1) against the St. Louis Cardinals to notch his 100th career win.  Cubs defeat the Cardinals 5-2 at Wrigley Field.




July 31, 2010: Traded by the Chicago Cubs with Ryan Theriot to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Brett Wallach, Kyle Smit and Blake DeWitt.
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