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Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres preview, Tuesday 6/20, 7:05 CT

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The Cubs go for their third straight win.

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Monday night's win was the Cubs' 20th come-from-behind victory this year. That ranks second in the National League behind the Diamondbacks.

That's good! Well, kind of. You don't want to have too many games in which you have to come from behind to win. It's better to have the lead first and keep it.

It was also the Cubs' seventh win this year when entering the seventh inning trailing. That's tied for second in MLB (Braves, Red Sox). The Astros lead with nine. The Cubs had 11 such wins last year.

So that's still good. But again... let's hope they stop this first-inning runs allowed thing.

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Rizzo 1B, Bryant 3B, Contreras LF, Happ CF, Russell SS, Montero C, Baez 2B, Montgomery P, Jay RF

Padres lineup:

Pirela LF, Cordero CF, Myers 1B, Solarte 2B, Renfroe RF, Spangenberg 3B, Cordoba SS, Torrens C, Chacin P

Mike Montgomery vs. Jhoulys Chacin

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Mike Montgomery has been decent as a starter this year. Not great, not bad. One encouraging note from his last start: he walked only one hitter. He did not face the Padres in the series in San Diego, nor did he face them last year. He threw a complete-game shutout against them June 30, 2015, but most of those players are gone from San Diego now.

Mainly, I'd just like to see him throw strikes and have fewer 3-2 counts so he can go deeper into games.

Jhoulys Chacin was once a fairly decent pitcher for the Rockies. The Padres are now his fifth team since leaving Colorado and he's been pretty bad this year, although he does have a 3.15 ERA and 1.000 WHIP in three starts so far in June. He hasn't faced the Cubs since 2012, though Anthony Rizzo is 4-for-8 with a home run off him. With Rizzo being a hot hitter these days, perhaps even that small sample size will help the Cubs defeat Chacin.

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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