That series win in Arizona felt good, but the San Diego Padres continue to be inconsistent following a 6-0 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field last night. Steven Wilson imploded late to put the game out of reach, and the offense could not generate anything against Justin Steele and the Chicago bullpen.
The Padres will look to bounce back tonight and give themselves a chance to not only get back to .500, but also to have a shot at a second straight series win for the first time this season.
Probable starting pitchers for San Diego Padres at Chicago Cubs on April 26
Michael Wacha takes the ball for the San Diego Padres as he looks to bounce back from two straight bad starts. Wacha allowed five runs on ten hits in four innings which bumped his ERA through four starts up to 7.08. It's hard to not be at least a little bit concerned with how Wacha has started his Padres career.
Unfortunately for Wacha, he's always struggled against the Cubs. He saw them a ton as a member of the Cardinals and has a 6.50 ERA in 20 appearances (18 starts) against them, including a 5.80 ERA at Wrigley Field in his 10 appearances at the Friendly Confines.
The Cubs will counter with left-hander Drew Smyly. The veteran southpaw turned back the clock and turned in what was probably the best performance of his career, allowing one hit in 7.2 innings pitched with 10 strikeouts. Yes, the one hit was it, and it came in the eighth inning on a botched defensive play. Smyly is at the top of his game right now, which is the last thing this inconsistent San Diego offense wants to see.
San Diego Padres starting lineup at Chicago Cubs on April 26
Chicago Cubs starting lineup vs. San Diego Padres on April 26
Which San Diego Padres player needs to bounce back in tonight's game against the Chicago Cubs?
Ha-Seong Kim has had a brutal start to his season, slashing .197/.274/.329 with two home runs and six RBI. He did get a hit last night, but that was only his second in his last 25 at-bats dating back to the first game of the Braves series at home eight games ago. Kim isn't one of the superstars on this team that needs to get going, but he's an important piece from last year's team that just hasn't done much this season.
How do I watch the San Diego Padres-Chicago Cubs game on Wednesday?
Padres fans can catch the game on Bally Sports San Diego, while the Marquee Sports Network will carry the Cubs broadcast. Additionally, the game can be found on MLB.tv (blackout restrictions may apply).
First pitch is scheduled for 4:40 p.m. (Pacific time).