If you are below fracture on the road in a baseball season, a team that is double digits, then you don’t have to make the playoffs. The Chicago Cubs are only that and actually would be the NL’s next Wild-Card team now if the postseason began. Starting to seem increasingly like the Cubs won’t catch the Cardinals even though those teams have seven matches from one another, including the final three of this year at Wrigley Field. In reality, these are the games the Cubs have abandoned from a team with a winning record.
The Padres are going to end with a losing record for a ninth straight time but the future is remarkably bright there using a few terrific young talent led by Fernando Tatis Jr. (out for the season) and Wednesday’s starting pitcher, Chris Paddack. The Friars have a farm system that is stacked. They’ll be a Wild-Card contender next year, mark my words.
Wednesday’s matchup between these teams would be that the third of a four-game set.
The Padres have been in the middle of a stretch of 17 straight games (from Sept. 6-22), which is their longest stretch of consecutive games this year.
San Diego’s rookie pitchers have combined for 24 successes this year, the 2nd most of any team in baseball. Paddack (8-7, 3.54) is one of those and he will find a few NL Rookie of the Year votes just like Tatis Jr. will, although the Mets’ Pete Alonso clearly will acquire it.
It is Paddack beginning of the season and he has only one win in his past six. A bit surprised the Padres haven’t simply shut him down but he’ll be on extra rest here most recently pitching past Wednesday and throwing 5.1 scoreless innings from Arizona. Paddack struck out eight and has whiffed 137 at 129.2 innings. Batters are hitting on just .211 him off. It’s his career seem at the Cubs. Paddack is 5-3 with a 3.40 ERA in the home.
The Cubs are at this time. Shortstop Javier Baez, having another fine season (that he was NL MVP runner-up past year), isn’t expected to return before the conclusion of their regular season after a hand specialist confirmed that he has a hairline fracture in his left thumb. With infielder Addison Russell dealing with a head injury, the Cubs called up top prospect Nico Hoerner with this series, and he went 3-for-5 using a triple and four RBIs in his own debut Monday. Hoerner became the second Cub to introduction at least three hits and four RBIs.
In addition, third baseman Kris Bryant was in and out of this lineup of fighting knee pain along with closer Craig Kimbrel is to the list with a minor elbow problem. He’d be entitled to be activated.
It’s veteran lefty Cole Hamels on the mound, and he is a San Diego native. Hamels (7-6, 3.95) has not won in his previous three outings and lasted only 3.1 innings out time, allowing five runs and eight hits in a loss in Milwaukee. Hamels has never been great on the street with a 5.66 ERA in 12 starts, but he’ll surely be fired to pitch into his hometown. Additionally, Petco Park is pitcher-friendly.
Hamels hasn’t confronted the Padres. Manny Machado is profession him off. Eric Hosmer 0-for-13. Hunter Renfroe 3-for-3 with a dual.
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