After an off day on Monday, the San Diego Padres open a three-game series at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.
San Diego comes into the Cubs series at 12-12 on the season, winning three of four games in their last road series (in Phoenix against the Arizona Diamondbacks). The Cubs, meanwhile, are 12-9 on the season, but the Friendly Confines have been anything but that for the Cubbies early in the season as they are just 6-7 at home.
Probable starting pitchers for San Diego Padres at Chicago Cubs on April 25
Blake Snell is slated to get the start for the Padres, and San Diego is hoping to see Snell break out of what has been a less-than-ideal start to the season. In his first four starts of 2023, Snell has lasted just 18.0 innings, posting a 6.00 ERA and 1.889 WHIP.
Snell has made just one career start at Wrigley Field, throwing 5.0 scoreless innings while walking four, striking out five, and allowing four hits on July 5, 2017, as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Opposing him will be Justin Steele, who has become one of the best arms in the Chicago rotation. The southpaw is 3-0 in four starts, with a 1.44 ERA/3.52 FIP/0.880 WHIP and has posted an ERA+ of 303 through his first 25.0 innings of the season.
San Diego Padres starting lineup at Chicago Cubs on April 25
Chicago Cubs starting lineup vs. San Diego Padres on April 25
Which San Diego Padres player needs to bounce back in tonight's game against the Chicago Cubs?
Manny Machado went 1-for-12 in his last three games in the desert, so hopefully a day off will help him regain his rhythm at the plate. Machado, however, is 0-for-3 lifetime against Steele, so this will be an interesting matchup to watch in the game's early innings.
How do I watch the San Diego Padres-Chicago Cubs game on Tuesday?
Padres fans can catch the game on Bally Sports San Diego, while the Marquee Sports Network will carry the Cubs broadcast. Additionally, the game is the free MLB.tv Game of the Day.
First pitch is scheduled for 4:40 p.m. (Pacific time)