May 17, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs third basemanKris Bryant
(17) hits a single during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
After a disappointing start to the home stand, the Padres welcome the Cubs to town after an off day Tuesday and then head to LA for three against the Dodgers. The Cubs boast one of the most talked about young infields in all of baseball with rookie superstar-in-the-making and USD Graduate Kris Bryant. Add him and 2b call-up Addison Russell to SS Starlin Castro and 1B Anthony Rizzo and you have a strong core all under 25 years old. They will enter San Diego with a 21-16 record and on a nice 7-3 run in their last 10 games.
The Dodgers face some rotation questions of their own but not in regards to Clayton Kershaw or Zack Greinke, both of whom have been great this year. In fact Greinke has been even better than Kershaw in the early going. Jimmy Rollins has struggled at short and Yasiel Puig is still hurt from the injury he sustained last time his team played the Padres, but they are still a formidable offensive force. With closer Kenley Janssen back in the fold, the bullpen gets automatic closure as he proved in his return striking out 4 in an inning after one strikeout wild pitch allowed the hitter to reach first. I predict a tough week ahead for the Padres as they attempt to stabilize themselves and see some positive momentum for the first time this month.
Current Record: 19-20
Current Standings: 3rd place, 6 GB of 1st place LA.
Weekly Prediction: 3-3
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