Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres Preview, Wednesday 9/28, 7:35 CT: At Last, It's Over

Jason Bartlett of the San Diego Padres jumps over Tony Campana of the Chicago Cubs as he steals second base during the eighth inning of a baseball game at Petco Park in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

This mostly miserable, occasionally interesting Cubs season will come to a close tonight in San Diego; many of us are hoping that this will also be Mike Quade's final game as Cubs manager.

Yesterday I posted MLB Trade Rumors' reverse standings and noted the Cubs could wind up anywhere from fifth to 11th in the standings; today, if the Cubs, Nationals, Giants, Royals and Brewers win their games, there will be a five-way tie for sixth place overall at 72-90 between the Cubs, Royals, Marlins, Pirates and Rockies. (The Padres, who would lose to the Cubs in this scenario, would pick fifth.)

The tiebreaker for this is last year's record; the team with the lower percentage in 2010 would get the higher pick. Under that scenario, the Pirates would be sixth, Royals seventh, Cubs eighth, Marlins ninth and Rockies 10th.

Play to win the game. Even the 10th or 11th pick next year should be a good one.

Cubs lineup:

Castro ss, DeWitt 2b, Ramirez 3b, Baker 1b, Johnson lf, Montanez rf, Campana cf, Hill c, Dempster p

Padres lineup:

Maybin CF, Venable RF, Hundley C, Headley 3B, Hudson 2B, Denorfia LF, Rizzo 1B, Parrino SS, LeBlanc P
Today's Starting Pitchers
Ryan Dempster
Ryan Dempster
Cubs
vs. Wade LeBlanc
Wade LeBlanc
Padres
10-13 W-L 4-6
4.53 ERA 4.83
184 SO 48
78 BB 26
21 HR 7
vs. SD -- vs. Cubs

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Ryan Dempster 10-13 34 33 0 0 0 0 196.2 203 102 99 21 78 184 4.53 1.43


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Wade LeBlanc 4-6 13 13 0 0 0 0 72.2 79 40 39 7 26 48 4.83 1.44

Ryan Dempster is pitching tonight primarily so he can get to 200 innings for the fourth straight year. He needs just 3.1 innings to make the milestone, so he's pretty sure to get it. Seriously, Dempster has pitched very well since a poor start. In 20 starts since June 8 he has a 3.45 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP and just eight HR allowed in 122.2 innings. Overall in his 33 starts, the Cubs are 18-15; the Cubs are 45-42 in games started by Dempster, Randy Wells and Matt Garza, which implies that those guys would be fine as 2-3-4 starters... get a No. 1 guy and we might have something.

Wade LeBlanc has never faced the Cubs. The four Cubs he has faced (Jeff Baker, Reed Johnson, Carlos Pena and Blake DeWitt) are 3-for-12 with one HR (by DeWitt). In short, who knows?

Today's game is on WCIU and CH4 San Diego. No, I don't understand either the rationale for putting the last game of the season on a channel hardly anyone can see. On the other hand, after this season, maybe you don't want to watch. Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.

MLB.com Gameday

Baseball-reference.com game preview

SB Nation game preview

Please visit our SB Nation Padres site Gaslamp Ball.

Today's first pitch thread will be up at 7:35 p.m. CDT and the overflow threads will post at 8:30 pm, 9:30 pm and 10:15 pm CDT. If you need more overflows due to extra innings or rain delays, post them in the fanshot section.

Discuss amongst yourselves.

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