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Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres preview, Tuesday 5/30, 9:10 CT

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The Cubs look to end their four-game losing streak.

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With all of Kyle Schwarber's troubles, he is still doing one thing very well: Seeing a lot of pitches. Entering tonight's action he is second among all National League hitters in pitches per at-bat at 4.45. (First is Anthony Rendon at 4.48.)

So there's that, anyway. Now it's a matter of being able to hit one of those pitches where there are no fielders.

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Zobrist 2B, Schwarber LF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Jay CF, Heyward RF, Contreras C, Russell SS, Butler P

Padres lineup:

Cordoba LF, Solarte 2B, Myers 1B, Renfroe RF, Cordero CF, Spangenberg 3B, Hedges C, d'Arnaud SS, Lamet P

Eddie Butler vs. Dinelson Lamet

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Eddie Butler had two appearances vs. the Padres last year, one start and one relief outing. The start wasn't so good, the relief appearance (three shutout innings) was better.

Those are largely irrelevant because of all the changes the Padres made. Looking at the boxscore from that start last year (May 3), there are as many Padres from that San Diego starting lineup now on the Cubs (Jon Jay) as still on the Padres (Wil Myers).

Butler now has two good starts and one bad one on his Cubs resume. He clearly has talent; that showed in spring training and at Triple-A Iowa. He just has to get more consistent. Tonight would be a good time to start.

Dinelson Lamet is 24 years old, from the Dominican Republic, and is in just his third full year in professional baseball. Two years ago he was pitching for Fort Wayne in the Midwest League; today he is making his second major-league start. In his first start, five days ago against the Mets, he threw five innings and allowed one run while striking out eight. No one on the Cubs has ever faced him, not even in the minor leagues.

That's all I know about this guy. Hopefully the Cubs scouting department has better information that they've passed along to Cubs hitters.

Today's game is on CSN Chicago.

Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.

MLB.com Gameday

Baseball-reference.com game preview

SB Nation game preview

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