Here are the facts and figures for Game 2 of today's split doubleheader.
Fowler CF, Heyward RF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Soler LF, Baez SS, La Stella 2B, Ross C, Lackey P
Jay CF, Myers 1B, Kemp RF, Upton LF, Ramirez SS, Bethancourt C, Pirela 2B, Rosales 3B, Pomeranz P
John Lackey had a rough April, but May has been better (2.40 ERA in two starts covering 15 innings, with 13 strikeouts). His last start against the Padres was August 21, 2015 in San Diego, not all that great: six innings, nine hits, four earned runs. Current members of the Padres are hitting .253 against Lackey (24-for-95) with three home runs, two of them by Melvin Upton Jr.
Drew Pomeranz was the fifth overall pick in the 2010 draft, has struggled in and out of rotations, and been traded three times. He's now 27 and seems to have settled in to a good rotation slot with the Padres, with a 2.12 ERA in six starts this year. The last time he faced the Cubs was September 26, 2012 when he was with the Rockies, and I include that link for amusement value only. Current Cubs are 2-for-9 against him, so that's really of no predictive value. This one could be interesting.
Today's game is on CSN Chicago. It's also on 670 The Score and Sirius/XM 184.
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The 2016 Game Thread procedure will be the same as the one used at the end of 2015. Here's how it works.
You'll find the game preview posted separately on the front page, two hours before game time (90 minutes for some early day games following night games).
At the same time, a StoryStream™ containing the preview will also post on the front page. The First Pitch Thread and all the overflow threads will be published in that stream, as well as the recap. The recap will also live on the front page as a separate post, and at the time I write the recap I will rename the stream "Cubs vs. (Team) (Day of Week) Game Threads" so you can go back and find every thread related to that particular game.
You will also be able to find the preview, First Pitch Thread, all the overflow threads and recap in the box marked "Chicago Cubs Game Threads" at the bottom of the front page (you can also find them in this section link). They will also appear in the game's StoryStream™ as noted above.
The First Pitch thread will post at five minutes before game time, then an overflow thread at one hour, two hours and 2:45 after the scheduled game time.
Discuss amongst yourselves.