John Ely (3-1, 3.41) vs. Ted Lilly (1-4, 4.30).
COMMENTS: The Doc Savage-esque Ely brings his nifty 7.00 K/BB rate to Wrigley today, and if form holds, he will be good for at least six innings. That's not all: It's a homecoming for Ely, but fear not — he grew up a White Sox fan. "I had no other choice," he said. "My dad would have disowned me if I was a Cubs fan." Hopefully this fistful of incentives will be enough to keep the Elymaniacs satisfied. Let the Man of Bronze do right to all Dodgers and harm only Cubs!
UPDATE 9:10a (SoSG Sax): It's much too early in the morning for any sort of coherent wit, but given DB made the Ely-Lilly comment last night and J Steve reminded us this morning, here's your morning dose of pharmaceutical references. Take two of these, and call me in the morning. Or in a couple of hours, when first pitch happens.