The San Diego Padres kick off a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs on Friday night at Petco Park as the Friars look to gain momentum as the calendar has now flipped to June.
San Diego dropped two of three to the Cubs at Wrigley Field in late April and will be looking to not only even up the season series against Chicago on Friday, but also continue some of the momentum found in Miami during its most recent set when the Padres took two of three from the Marlins, scoring nine and 10 runs, respectively, in the two victories.
First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. (San Diego time)/8:40 p.m. (Chicago time).
San Diego Padres vs. Chicago Cubs starting lineups for June 2
Here is Friday's lineup for the Chicago Cubs...
And here is the San Diego Padres starting lineup for Friday...
San Diego Padres vs. Chicago Cubs starting pitchers for June 2
For the visiting Cubs, Jameson Taillon is expected to get the start on Friday. The 31-year-old right-hander is 0-3 on the season, with an 8.04 ERA in eight starts spanning 31.1 innings. Taillon was on the injured list with a left groin strain when the Padres and Cubs met at Wrigley Field in April.
For San Diego, Michael Wacha should get the start, which will be his 11th of the season and second against the Cubs. On April 26 at Wrigley Field, Wacha gave up four hits and three runs in 5.0 innings, striking out five and walking one. The Padres would win the game 5-3 while Wacha did not factor into the decision.
By the way, Wacha had a heck of a May.
How to watch San Diego Padres vs. Chicago Cubs on June 2
As we discussed earlier in the week, Major League Baseball has taken over all production and distribution of all Padres locally-distributed games. There are several ways that you can now watch the Padres on television, including Friday night's game against the Cubs, such as DirecTV (now channel 694-3), AT&T U-Verse (now channel 781), Cox (now Yurview channel 4), and Spectrum (now channel 305).
All of the information on the new generation of Padres broadcasts can be found here, including what an MLB.TV Single Team Padres subscription looks like.