If you're a team that's double digits underneath violate on the street in a baseball season, you do not deserve to make the match. The Chicago Cubs are just that and in fact are the NL's next Wild-Card team now, if the postseason started. Beginning to seem more and more like the Cubs will not catch the Cardinals in the NL Central, although those teams have seven matches from one another. Those are.
The Padres are going to finish with a losing record for a ninth straight season however, the future is remarkably bright there with a few brilliant young talent led by Fernando Tatis Jr. (out for the year ) and Wednesday's starting pitcher, Chris Paddack. The Friars also have a farm system that is piled. They will be at a Wild-Card contender next year, mark my words.
Wednesday's matchup between these groups would be that the third largest of a set.
The Padres are in the midst of a stretch of 17 straight games (out of Sept. 6-22), that is their best stretch of consecutive games this year.
San Diego's rookie pitchers have combined for 24 victories this season, the 2nd most of any team in baseball. Paddack (8-7, 3.54) is among those and he will find some NL Rookie of the Year votes like Tatis Jr. will, though the Mets' Pete Alonso will win it.
It's Paddack start of the season and he has just one win in his past six. A bit astonished that the Padres haven't simply shut him down already, but he will be on extra rest here recently pitching last Wednesday and projecting 5.1 scoreless innings against Arizona. Paddack struck out eight and has whiffed 137 in 129.2 innings. Batters are hitting on just .211 off him. It's his first career look in the Cubs. Paddack is 5-3 with a 3.40 ERA at home.
The Cubs are far from healthy at this time. Shortstop Javier Baez, obtaining another fine year (that he was NL MVP runner-up past year), isn't expected to return before the conclusion of their regular season after a hand expert confirmed that he has a hairline fracture in his left thumb. The Cubs called top prospect Nico Hoerner with this show, with a head trauma being dealt with by infielder Addison Russell, and he travelled in his introduction Monday. Hoerner became the Cub because 1920 to debut three or more hits and four RBIs.
Furthermore, third baseman Kris Bryant has been in and out of the lineup of closer Craig Kimbrel is to the injured list with a minor elbow issue and late battling knee soreness. He'd be eligible to be activated.
It is veteran lefty Cole Hamels on the mound, and he is a San Diego native. Hamels (7-6, 3.95) has not won in his past three outings and continued only 3.1 innings last time out, allowing five runs and nine hits in a loss at Milwaukee. Hamels has not been good on the road using a 5.66 ERA in 12 starts, but he'll surely be fired up to pitch into his hometown. Plus, Petco Park is pitcher-friendly.
This year, hamels hasn't confronted the Padres. Manny Machado is career him off. Eric Hosmer 0-for-13. Hunter Renfroe 3-for-3 with a dual.
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