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Padres vs. Cubs Series Preview

The Padres Head to Wrigley to Take on Cubs

Bo Templin
August 01, 2018 - 5:24 pm

July is officially behind the Padres. They can now look at the month of August as a fresh start. The month will start with a four game series at Wrigley Field where they will take on the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs currently stand tied at the top of the division with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Pitching Preview:

Thursday 5:05 (PDT)

The series opener will have Robbie Erlin on the mound for the Padres. He will be battling with Mike Montgomery. Erlin will be filling in for Luis Perdomo, who gave up six earned runs in his last outing against the Diamondbacks. Montgomery is 3-4 on the year with a 4.03 ERA. In his last start at home, Montgomery pitched six innings against the Cardinals and only gave up one earned run.

Friday 11:20 (PDT)

The matchup on Friday will be between Tyson Ross and Jose Quintana. Since a horrid start against the Diamondbacks on July 7th, Ross has improved. In his last three games, Ross has eight earned runs with only one home run. Quintana was having a great month of July, before he gave up six earned runs against the Cardinals in his last start. Quintana is 9-7 on the year with a 4.36 ERA.

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Eric Hosmer has 59 at-bats against Jose Quintana in his career. He has two home runs, but is only hitting .203.

Saturday 11:20 (PDT)

The third game for the series will feature a duel between Kyle Hendricks and Joey Lucchesi. This will be Lucchesi’s first appearance against the Cubs. Hendricks’ 7-9 record is disappointing, following his solid last two seasons. His last five starts include 31 strikeouts with a 3.00 ERA. For Lucchesi, six of his last seven starts combine for a 2.28 ERA.

Sunday 11:20 (PDT)

The Padres have not announced who will be on the mound for the Sunday matchup. For the Cubs, it will be Jon Lester. The Cubs left-hander has had a brutal month of July, hoisting a 6.46 ERA. In the six starts, he also gave up seven home runs. Lester is 12-4 for the year.

After the series with the Cubs, the Padres will be heading up north to Milwaukee.