Chicago Cubs 2016 NL Central Championship Gear

petco parkAfter a long two-day break between baseball games (about 53 hours), the Cubs play the Padres in San Diego tonight with a well-rested bullpen and a slightly revamped roster.

Jason Hammel looks to continue his excellent start to the season, and the Cubs have their new-ish, regular-ish lineup in place for this one against James Shields.

It’s been a strange year so far for Shields; he’s doing pretty much everything excellently, except he’s giving up a ton of home runs. I tend to think that’s more flukey than anything probative, so hopefully the Cubs can push across a few runs.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (21-16) at San Diego Padres (19-20), 9:10 CT on WGN-9 (or your local affiliate), MLBN and

Game Thread and Series Preview

Your game thread is down there in the comments, so have fun.

The Series Preview lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Jason Hammel (3.11 ERA, 3.36 FIP, 3.37 xFIP; 6.83 K/BB)


James Shields (3.91 ERA, 4.84 FIP, 3.00 xFIP; 4.27 K/BB)

San Diego Padres Lineup

1. Corey Spangenberg, 3B

2. Derek Norris, C

3. Matt Kemp, RF

4. Justin Upton, LF

5. Yangervis Solarte, 1B

6. Will Venable, LF

7. Jedd Gyorko, 2B

8. Alexei Amarista, SS

9. James Shields, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Dexter Fowler, CF

2. Kris Bryant, 3B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Starlin Castro, SS

5. Miguel Montero, C

6. Jorge Soler, RF

7. Chris Coghlan, LF

8. Jason Hammel, P

9. Addison Russell, 2B

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