Chicago Cubs @ San Diego Padres – Series Preview (May 9-11): TV and Game Info, Starting Pitchers, Insights

The Chicago Cubs (9-18) tailspin continued during a three-game sweep by the Dodgers on Mother’s Day weekend. Chicago is now on pace to have a disastrous 54-108 record in 2022 and the results match the eye test so far.

The road doesn’t get any easier as the Cubs head to San Diego for three games against a very talented Padres (19-10) team. The Friars have gotten off to a terrific start this season with 19 wins their first 29 games played.

Manny Machado is having an MVP-caliber start to the year with an OPS over 1.100 and 7 home runs. Eric Hosmer, widely expected to be traded this past off-season, is off to an unbelievable start to his season as well.

Joe Musgrove is leading the way in the starting rotation with a 2.08 ERA. San Diego also has new acquisition Sean Manaea and former Cub Yu Darvish to round out a wonderful pitching staff. They appear to be well placed to make a big-time playoff run this season.

Any hopes the Cubs might have had for a competitive season are pretty much done at this point. Still, it would be nice if they could, you know, win a game at some point.

Game Time and Broadcast Info

  • Monday, May 9 at 8:40pm CT on Marquee Sports Network
  • Tuesday, May 10 at 8:40pm CT on MLB Network (out-of-market only) and Marquee Sports Network
  • Wednesday, May 11 at 3:10pm CT on Marquee Sports Network

Starting Pitchers

Date Pitchers Age T ERA W/L FIP K/BB
5/9 Kyle Hendricks 32 R 5.64 1-3 5.52 1.92
MacKenzie Gore 23 L 1.71 2-0 2.89 2.44
5/10 TBA
Mike Clevinger 31 R 5.79 0-0 3.29 1.33
5/11 TBA
Nick Martinez 31 R 3.38 2-2 5.44 1.69

What to Watch For

  • Marcus Stroman going on the IL has thrown the Cubs rotation into disarray, it’s unclear who will start Tuesday or Wednesday, but it’s not going to be Stroman.
  • Chicago has tallied just 22 runs the last 12 games, excluding the increasingly bizarre 21-run outburst against the Pirates.
  • Alfonso Rivas should get a vast majority of starts at first base now that Frank Schwindel has been shuttled to Iowa. Although there was an unofficial report (a Tweet, actually) that stated Schwindel was seen on a flight to San Diego earlier today. So, we’ll see what happens there, if that is true.
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