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Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres preview, Monday 5/9, 8:40 CT

The Cubs head west to begin a six-game road trip.

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

Today’s roster move: Here

Monday notes...

  • WILLSON!: Over his last 11 games, Willson Contreras is batting .293/.383/.488 (12-for-41) with three doubles, a triple, a home run, seven runs scored and five walks.
  • WALKS: The Cubs have two players in the top 10 in the NL in walks, Ian Happ and Seiya Suzuki with 16, tied for ninth. But overall the team ranks ninth in the league with 93, a bit below the league average of 96.
  • WISDOM: Patrick Wisdom has struck out 35 times this season, leading the team. But three other NL players have struck out more entering Monday’s action: Dansby Swanson (40), Adam Duvall (38) and Chris Taylor (36).
  • WICK: Rowan Wick, over his last nine outings: nine innings, 0.00 ERA (one unearned run), 12 strikeouts, .182 opponents BA.

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Padres lineup:

Also of note for tonight (time listed is ET):

Kyle Hendricks, RHP vs. MacKenzie Gore, LHP

USA TODAY NETWORK
USA TODAY NETWORK

Quick quiz!

Here are two stat lines. Without looking, which one is Kyle Hendricks’ 2022 line so far this year?

Six starts, 2-4, 6.07 ERA, 1.608 WHIP, 11 HR allowed in 29⅔ innings
Six starts, 1-3, 5.64 ERA, 1.484 WHIP, 6 HR allowed in 30⅓ innings

If you guessed the top line, you’d be wrong. That was Kyle through six starts last year. He then went on a nice run for three months in which he looked like pre-2021 Kyle.

I don’t see any reason he can’t do that again. Last year Kyle made one start vs. San Diego, June 1 at Wrigley Field, and allowed three runs in six innings. He has a 2.93 ERA and 0.978 WHIP in five career starts at Petco Park.

Gonna go out on a limb and say tonight’s the night Kyle begins his good run of 2022.

MacKenzie Gore has been a top Padres pitching prospect for quite some time. He was their first-round pick in 2017 (third overall) and has been a Top 10 overall prospect in MLB for the last couple of years.

Gore made his MLB debut this year and has made four starts, all of them good. He has never faced the Cubs or anyone on their active roster.

Clearly, we are doomed.

Statcast
Statcast

Today’s game is on Marquee Sports Network. Here’s a list of providers currently carrying Marquee.

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.