Series Preview: Padres at Cubs, June 13 - June 16, 2022

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Series Preview: Padres at Cubs, June 13 – June 16, 2022

Chicago Cubs

The Cubs are … not having a good time lately. They’ve lost six straight games, are dealing with a ton of injuries in the rotation and lineup, and have seven straight contests coming up against two very good teams (San Diego and Atlanta).

It’s not great!

We’re Going Streaking

The Chicago Cubs (23-36) were just pantsed in New York and have now lost six straight games. They’re the third worst team in the NL and fifth worst overall.

The San Diego Padres (37-24) are just a half-game behind the Dodgers in the NL West, with a three-game lead over the Giants. They did just split a series with the Rockies at home, but they’re also winners of 7 of their last ten.

Hot or Not and What to Watch

Ian Happ had a monster game on Sunday, with a walk, single, triple, and homer, bringing his overall slashline up to a top-25 mark: .275/.378/.466 (134 wRC+).

And he’s been even better recently:

Willson Contreras is still on fire, slashing .302/.444/.628 (197 wRC+). Meanwhile, his average exit velocity is up to 6th best in MLB (93.4 MPH).

Jake Cronenworth is the hottest Padres of late, with three homers and four doubles in his last 9 games. But Jurickson Profar is hitting the ball well this season, especially lately, and Trent Grisham has looked good too.

Surprisingly, the once red-hot Manny Machado has cooled off, slashing just .211/.273/.352 (77 wRC+) in his last 77 PAs dating all the way back to May 23.

Game Times and Broadcast Info

  • Monday, June 13 at 7:05 CT on MARQ, MLBN, 670 The Score
  • Tuesday, June 14 at 7:05 CT on MARQ, 670 The Score
  • Wednesday, June 15 at 7:05 CT on MARQ, 670 The Score
  • Thursday, June 16 at 1:20 CT on MARQ, 670 The Score

Pitching Probables

Game 1: Yu Darvish (R) vs. Justin Steele (L)
Game 2: Sean Manaea (L) vs. Kyle Hendricks (R)
Game 3: Joe Musgrove (R) vs. Caleb Kilian (R)
Game 4: Nick Martinez (R) vs. Matt Swarmer (R)

Chicago Cubs

  • C – Willson Contreras
  • 1B – Frank Schwindel
  • 2B – Nick Madrigal
  • 3B – Patrick Wisdom
  • SS – Nico Hoerner
  • LF – Ian Happ
  • CF – Christopher Morel
  • RF – Jason Heyward
  • DH – Rafael Ortega

Injured/Unavailable: Michael Hermosillo, Seiya Suzuki, Drew Smyly, Marcus Stroman, Wade Miley, David Bote, Adbert Alzolay, Brad Wieck, Codi Heuer, Manuel Rodriguez, Ethan Roberts

San Diego Padres

  • C – Jorge Alfaro
  • 1B – Eric Hosmer
  • 2B – Jake Cronen
  • 3B – Manny Machado
  • SS – Ha-Seong Kim
  • LF – Jurickson Profar
  • CF – Trent Grisham
  • RF – Nomar Mazara
  • DH – Luke Voit

Injured/Unavailable: Mike Clevinger, Adrian Morejon, Matt Beaty, Wil Myers, Robert Suarez, Drew Pomeranz, Fernando Tatis Jr, Austin Adams, Pierce Johnson

By the Numbers

Run Differential:
Cubs: -42
Padres: +48

Runs Scored Per Game:
Cubs: 4.29
Padres: 4.39

Runs Allowed Per Game:
Cubs: 5.00
Padres: 3.61

Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami covers the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami