Series Preview: Padres Head to Windy City

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Apr 8, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Andrew Cashner (34) in the second inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Game 3 Sunday, 11:20AM

Andrew Cashner (0-2, 4.09 ERA) vs. Jon Lester (0-1, 7.84 ERA)

This makes for an exciting finish to the series on Monday. The Padres get a crack at the Cubs’ new ace. Also, this will yet be another opportunity for Padres fans to debate on who won the Anthony Rizzo-for-Andrew Cashner trade. Cashner has struggled out of the gate. Even though he leads the team with 15 strikeouts, he also has allowed five runs and 15 hits.

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He has pitched five times in his former home park, Wrigley Field. He has not fared well, with a 2-4 record and 4.78 ERA. Against the Cubs, he has 2 starts with a 4.15 ERA.

Lester moves over from the American League where he pitched for the Athletics and Red Sox. He has struggled in his first two starts in a Cubs uniform. He has allowed nine runs in 10 innings. He has only one career start against the Padres. He pitched seven innings and only allowed one run.

The Padres have a lot of momentum coming into this series. This will be a tough series to win as the Cubs are also playing well and they will have the biggest bat in their organization in the lineup for the first time. I am predicting the Padres to lose this series two games to one but it will be a tight one, it can go either way. This should be an entertaining weekend of baseball at Wrigley.

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