The Dodgers look for their first six-game road winning streak in more than two years Friday when they take on the Cubs at Wrigley. Chicago, which has been held to two runs or fewer in seven of 10 games, had runners on first and second with no outs in the eighth and the bases loaded with one out in the ninth, but failed to score. Ted Lilly gets the ball for the Cubbies & has a 5.40 ERA in losing his last two starts after posting a 2.66 ERA in winning his first three May outings. On Sunday, he allowed five runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings of a 7-2 defeat at San Diego. The left-hander, who hasn't lost three consecutive starts since May 31-June 10, 2006 while with Toronto, is 3-1 with a 1.29 ERA in four starts at Wrigley Field this year. Lilly hasn't faced Los Angeles since giving up two runs in 6 2-3 innings of an 8-2 victory on Sept. 5, 2007. He's 2-0 with a 3.93 ERA in three career starts versus the Dodgers. For the Dodgers, they give the ball to Chad Billingsley, who surrendered season-highs of five runs and nine hits in six innings of Sunday's 10-7 loss to the Angels. Billingsley has yet to lose on the road, going 2-0 with a 1.63 ERA in four starts as Los Angeles has won each time. The Dodgers are 11-3 vs left-handed starters this season & they are 10-4 in DAY games. The Cubbies are 19-19 vs right handed starters and are 11-9 in DAY games this year. The Cubbies bullpen has a 4.36 ERA & WHIP of 1.485 at HOME, & thre Dodgers have a bullpen ERA of 4.03 & WHIP of 1.391 on the ROAD this season. The Cubs have just TWO players who have 5 AB's or more vs Billingsley; Soriano (2-8 .250) & D. Lee (1-6 .167). The Dodgers have four players with 5 AB's or more vs Lilly; Pierre (4-9 .444) Furcal (1-8 .125) Loretta (6-21 .286 2 HR's) & Blake (4-21 .191 HR). The current line for this game is anywhere from the Cubs -105 to the LA Dodgers -115 (depending on which book you have) & the total is set at 8. I am personally PASSING on this game, but I do have a slight lean to the Dodgers here today.
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