Chicago Cubs (2007-2010)
Birthday: January 4
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:
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
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.