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Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres preview, Tuesday 5/10, 8:40 CT

The Cubs go for two in a row!

Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images

Today’s roster move: Here

Tuesday notes...

  • WALKS ARE SCARCE: In his brief MLB career, Scott Effross has faced 106 batters and walked two. That has helped him to (so far) a career WHIP of 0.878.
  • GOOD AGAINST THE PADS: Since the beginning of 2018 the Cubs are 15-6 against the Padres, including 8-3 at Petco Park.
  • WHAT A RELIEF: The Cubs bullpen is second in the majors with 138 strikeouts (Reds lead with 142) and is fourth with 10.35 strikeouts per nine innings. Also, the Cubs bullpen has induced 16 double plays, tied for the most in the majors with the Orioles.
  • DOUBLING UP: The Cubs have turned 13 double plays in their last nine games. The team’s 33 double plays turned this season rank third in the majors behind the Rockies (43) and Orioles (34).
  • ICYMI:

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Padres lineup:

Wade Miley, LHP vs. Mike Clevinger, RHP

USA TODAY NETWORK
USA TODAY NETWORK

Wade Miley is making his Cubs debut.

This is your reminder that Miley had a very good year in 2021, 5.5 bWAR, and threw a no-hitter against Cleveland, almost exactly a year ago, May 7, 2021.

His presence should stabilize a very shaky Cubs rotation.

Last year he made one start against the Padres, June 17 in San Diego. He allowed four hits and two runs in seven innings. We’d take that tonight, I think. Manny Machado homered in that game and, in fact, has homered twice in his career off Miley. That’s the guy he can’t let beat him tonight.

Mike Clevinger missed the entire 2021 season after having Tommy John surgery. You might remember his abrupt trade from Cleveland to San Diego after he broke COVID protocols during the 2020 season.

He has made only one start since returning, last Wednesday against the Guardians, and he allowed three runs in 4⅔ innings, also issuing three walks.

Clevinger has never faced the Cubs in the regular season, though he did make three relief appearances against them in the 2016 World Series, allowing two runs in four total innings. Of course, most of those guys are gone now. Among current Cubs, only Jonathan Villar (2-for-4) has faced him previously.

Statcast
Statcast

NOTE: Since both Miley and Clevinger have missed a lot of recent time, both of these graphics are from previous seasons, as noted.

Today’s game is on Marquee Sports Network. Here’s a list of providers currently carrying Marquee. It’s also on MLB Network (outside the Cubs and Padres market territories).

Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.

MLB.com Gameday

Baseball-reference.com game preview

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The 2022 Game Thread procedure will be like last years, similar to what we’ve used for Spring Training.

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, titled “Cubs vs. (Team) (Day of week/date) game threads.” It will contain every post related to that particular game, including the First Pitch Thread and the overflow thread, as well as the recap when it’s published. The recap will also live on the front page as a separate post.

You will also be able to find the preview, First Pitch Thread and the overflow thread in the box marked “Chicago Cubs Game Threads” at the bottom of the front page (you can also find them in this section link). The StoryStream for each game can also be found in that section.

The First Pitch thread will post at five minutes before game time, then an overflow thread at 90 minutes after the scheduled game time.

Discuss amongst yourselves.