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Cubs vs Padres: Lineups, Pitching Matchup, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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All right, Cubs fans. We’ve got ourselves a rubber match. The San Diego Padres are throwing Seth Lugo, who’s gotten off to a good start this year. And the Cubs are countering with Hayden Wesneski, who’s taken baby steps in the right direction, but still hasn’t quite hit his stride, particularly in terms of command. More on that below. In the meantime, here’s a look at the Cubs lineup for the finale at Wrigley Field.

Chicago Cubs Lineup:

  1. Nico Hoerner, 2B
  2. Dansby Swanson, SS
  3. Ian Happ, LF
  4. Seiya Suzuki, RF
  5. Trey Mancini, DH
  6. Eric Hosmer, 1B
  7. Nelson Velázquez, CF
  8. Nick Madrigal, 3B
  9. Tucker Barnhart, C

Did Nelson Velázquez move up in today’s Cubs lineup because he’s looked impressive at the plate in his short stint relieving Cody Bellinger, especially in that walk against Josh Hader last night? … Or is it because Yan Gomes and Patrick Wisdom are both on the bench in favor of Tucker Barnhart and Nick Madrigal, who are less consistent hitters than their subs? Up to you!

But those are the only changes to the Cubs lineup today, with the exception of the 1B-DH flip-flop of Eric Hosmer and Trey Mancini. Mancini made two questionable defensive plays at first base yesterday, and I continue to believe this is the superior defensive alignment when they’re both in the game.

San Diego Padres Lineup:

  1. Jake Cronenworth, 1B
  2. Fernando Tatis Jr., RF
  3. Juan Soto, LF
  4. Xander Bogaerts, SS
  5. Manny Machado, 3B
  6. Matt Carpenter, DH
  7. Trent Grisham, CF
  8. Ha-Seong Kim, 2B
  9. Brett Sullivan, C

Pitching Matchup:

Chicago Cubs: Hayden Wesneski, RHP

Hayden Wesneski has walked just one batter in his last 11.1 innings, but his command (not control) is still not quite right. And the last we checked, he was considering a tweak to his pre-game prep, to get him into “middle-of-the-game” mode sooner.

“Maybe I need to have better preparation going into a start and do something a little differently. Probably mentally I’m not ready to get going. There’s little things you can change. … I’m going to look into it a little bit more and see if we need to change anything and talk to (pitching coach) Tommy (Hottovy) about it.”

San Diego Padres: Seth Lugo, RHP

Seth Lugo has gotten off to a really solid start this season, with 23 strikeouts and just six walks in his first 22.2 IP. There’s been a healthy amount of hard contact, but he’s generating a ton of groundballs and his barrel rate is under control. The Cubs lineup will see a healthy dose of curveballs and a 93.1 MPH fastball. And for his career, he’s been pretty close to split neutral.

Notable Matchups: Swanson: 1-13, 2B, 3K

Broadcast Info:

Chicago Cubs (13-10) vs San Diego Padres (13-13) at 1:20 pm CT on Marquee Sports Network, 670 The Score

Author: Michael Cerami

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