The Cubs have won five straight games at Petco Park dating back to May 20, 2015 -- that's the last two games of 2015 between the two teams there, and a Cubs sweep last August.
The Padres seem ripe for the taking; they have lost eight of their last 12 and are 10-19 this month. These three games will complete May for the Cubs as well. They need to sweep the series in order to have a winning month. A sweep would also give the Cubs a winning road trip, and set them up well for a 10-game homestand which begins Friday.
It's time for this Cubs team to step up and show off the talent that they have. To dust off an old slogan: #LetsGo
Here are today’s particulars.
Zobrist RF, Schwarber LF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Montero C, Heyward CF, Baez 2B, Russell SS, Hendricks P
Cordoba LF, Solarte 2B, Myers 1B, Schimpf 3B, Renfroe RF, Cordero CF, Hedges C, d'Arnaud SS, Cosart P
Like I said in the series preview: Who are these guys?
Kyle Hendricks vs. Jarred Cosart
After a rough April, Kyle Hendricks has settled down and had a May that's very similar to his 2016 season: 2.18 ERA, 1.095 WHIP, only six walks in 24⅔ innings. In a very small sample size, current members of the Padres are just 6-for-34 (.176) against Kyle, who has a 1.20 ERA in two career starts at Petco Park. The last such start was August 24, 2016, in which he allowed four hits and two runs in six innings, with eight strikeouts.
That all sounds good. Now, go out there and produce numbers like that today.
Jarred Cosart has had multiple injury issues over the last year, and got hit on the foot by a line drive in his last start. He has yet to throw more than 74 pitches or go more than five innings in any outing this year and has just 16 total innings pitched in 2017.
Cosart's last start against the Cubs was July 4, 2015 at Wrigley Field, when he was still a member of the Marlins. Cubs hitters pounded him for seven runs in 1⅔ innings that night, including a pair of homers by Kris Bryant.
More of that, please.
Today's game is on ABC7 Chicago.
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