Wednesday evening on the MLB diamond and the National League Central will square off with the National League West as the Chicago Cubs tangle with the San Diego Padres at Petco Park in San Diego, California in game three of a four-game series. The Cubs won game one by a score of 10-2 but lost game two by a score of 9-8 in 10 innings.
Pitching Matchup: Toeing the rubber for the Cubs will be Cole Hamels (7-6, 3.95 ERA) and the Padres will counter with Chris Paddack (8-7, 3.54 ERA).
Cubs Lost A Tough One At Petco
The Chicago Cubs are in a fight for a wild card slot and a possible Central Division title this year, but they suffered a tough loss on Tuesday night. The Cubs were down 8-5 when they tied the scored with three in the 8th, but they couldn’t get the go-ahead runs and eventually lost 9-8 in 10 innings. The offense is clicking as they have now scored 18 runs in the first two games of this series, but the Cubs are just worried about winning games, especially since their lead is just one game over the Brewers for the 2nd wildcard slot and just two games over the Phillies. The Wildcard seems like it will be their only path to the playoffs as the Cubs are now 4.0 games out of first in the NL Central. After this series, the Cubs have a huge 10 game homestand against the Pirates, Reds, and Cardinals, so they have a great shot at holding their lead in the wildcard race and they could even make life interesting for the Cards in the Central.
The stars on offense for the Cubs on Tuesday were Kris Bryant (28) and Jason Heyward (21), who each had two homers in the game and drove in seven of Chicago’s eight runs. It just wasn’t enough. Jose Quintana had a rough start after allowing six runs (four earned) on seven hits in just 3.0 innings of work but was bailed out with the late rally in the 8th. Taking the loss was Steve Cishek and he is now 3-6 with a 3.17 ERA on the year. The Cubs have gone 30-43 on the road for the year, compared to going 47-24 at home. That is why their upcoming homestand is so huge.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) September 11, 2019
Taking the hill for the Cubs will be Cole Hamels and he has gone 7-6 with a 3.95 ERA in 24 starts on the year, including 0-2 with a 5.65 ERA in his last three starts and 4-5 with a 5.66 ERA in 12 starts on the road. In his career. he has gone 86-62 with a 3.39 ERA in 214 games (213 starts) on the road and 29-22 with a 3.56 ERA in 75 games (74 starts) during Sept/ Oct. Hamels has gone 9-2 with a 2.45 ERA in 18 career starts against the Padres, including 5-1 with a 2.01 ERA in nine starts against them the at Petco.
The Cubs have been an above-average offensive team so far as they come in ranked 13th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.92 rpg, while also ranking 14th in hitting at .251 and 7th in homers with 205. On the mound, they have been solid as they come in ranked 7th in the league in ERA at 4.03, while also ranking 9th in WHIP at 1.30 and 16th in K’s with 1253. The bullpen ranks 7th in the league with a 4.02 ERA.
Padres Playing Spoiler
The Chicago Cubs are looking to increase their lead in the National League Wildcard race and they did take game one, but the Padres put on their spoiler’s cap and took game two by a score of 9-8 in 10 innings. The National League wildcard race is a bit tighter after that win by the Padres and they will look to grab another one in this game. They have a shot as Cole Hamels has struggled on the road this year, but we will see. Despite the win, the Padres have still gone just 2-6 over their last eight games. Seeing them put up nine runs was a pleasant surprise for San Diego fans, especially after they averaged just 1.83 rpg over their previous six games. The bad part is that the pitching has been a mess in this series. The Pads have allowed 18 runs in the first two games, after allowing 10 total runs in their previous five games.
The Padres had an 8-5 lead when the Cubs tied it with three in the 8th. The score stayed that way until San Diego won it in the bottom of the 10th on a walk-off walk by Manuel Margot. It was a four-pitch walk and the 3rd walk of the inning for the Padres. Ty France (6) had their lone homer of the game. Ronald Bolanos had a rough outing in his 2nd career start as he allowed five ERs on five hits and four walks in 5.0 innings of work but he escaped with the no-decision. Grabbing the win was Michel Baez, who is now 1-1 with a 2.61 ERA on the year. The Padres have gone 34-39 here at home for the year.
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) September 11, 2019
Chris Paddack will get the ball for the Padres in this one and he has gone 80-7 with a 3.54 ERA in 24 starts in this his first year in the league, including 1-1 with a 4.30 ERA in his last three starts and 5-3 with a 3.40 ERA in 10 starts here at home. Paddack has never faced the Cubs.
The Padres have been poor on offense so far as they come in ranked 25th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.31 rpg, while also ranking 26th in hitting at .242 and 137h in homers with 202. On the mound, they have been below average as they rank 16th in the league in ERA at 4.55, while also ranking 9th in WHIP at 1.30 and 11th in K’s with 1227. Their pen ranks 16th in ERA at 4.54.
- 2-5 in their last 7 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15
- 1-4 in Hamels’ last 5 starts on grass
San Diego is:
- 6-2 in Paddacks last 8 home starts