petco parkLast night, the Cubs put together one of their best all-around games on the season – just a typical, solid win (i.e., the kind you don’t see from the Cubs too often these days). They’ll try it again tonight, with Edwin Jackson heading to the hill.

Speaking of Jackson, he’s quietly been quite good this year, at least after his third start. From then on, he’s posted a scant 3.05 ERA over 38.1 innings, with 34 strikeouts and just 9 walks. That’s a middle-of-the-rotation guy right there.

Pretty similar lineup tonight, with the only change being Darwin Barney swapped out for Luis Valbuena, with Mike Olt’s spot in the lineup shuffled accordingly.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (17-28) at San Diego Padres (21-27), 9:10 CT on WGN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

Game threads now live here in the comments – and with Disqus, they should be even more enjoyable.

The Series Preview lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Edwin Jackson (3.98 ERA, 3.01 FIP, 3.64 xFIP; 2.45 K/BB)


Tim Stouffer (2.41 ERA, 3.28 FIP, 3.28 xFIP; 2.00 K/BB)

San Diego Padres Lineup

(This is a guess on the Padres’ lineup based on their lineups from earlier in the week. I had to depart before the lineups were released. If someone has the opportunity to drop the actual lineups in the comments when they come up, we’d all appreciate it.)

1. Everth Cabrera, SS

2. Cameron Maybin, CF

3. Seth Smith, LF

4. Chase Headley, 3B

5. Yonder Alonso, 1B

6. Jedd Gyorko, 2B

7. Will Venable, RF

8. Yasmani Grandal, C

9. Tim Stauffer, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Emilio Bonifacio, CF

2. Junior Lake, LF

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Starlin Castro, SS

5. Luis Valbuena, 2B

6. Welington Castillo, C

7. Nate Schierholtz, RF

8. Mike Olt, 3B

9. Edwin Jackson, P