MLB Baseball

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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Chi Cubs1 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 480
San Diego0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 150
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  W: Y. Darvish (6-6)   L: D. Lamet (2-5)
12:40 PM PT1:40 PM MT2:40 PM CT3:40 PM ET15:40 ET19:40 GMT3:40 12:40 PM MST2:40 PM EST3:10 PM VEN23:40 UAE2:40 PM CT, September 12, 2019
PETCO Park, San Diego, California  Attendance: 22,501

Slumping Cubs seek split in San Diego

According to STATS
According to STATS

Chicago Cubs at San Diego Padres

  1. The Cubs lost three of four games against the Brewers in their most recent series, yet they still retain the second NL Wild Card spot, leading Arizona by a game and a half, and Milwaukee by two games.
  2. The Padres won two of three games against the Rockies in their last series, as the two teams combined for just 11 runs total over the three games. San Diego pitched to a 0.64 ERA in that series, its lowest mark against the Rockies in any three-game series all-time.
  3. Hunter Renfroe has gone 72 consecutive plate appearances without a home run, one PA shy of his longest homerless streak in his MLB career (73 straight PA in 2017). In the 22 games in which Renfore has gone homerless, he is slashing .102/.229/.136 with one RBI and 32 strikeouts.
  4. The Cubs are 29-42 (.408) on the road this season, compared to 47-24 (.662) at home. That difference in home and road winning percentage (.254) is the largest in baseball this season
  5. Kyle Schwarber has hit 34 home runs this season, tied with Billy Williams (1965) for third most by a left-handed batter in team history. This is Schwarber's second 30-home run season with the Cubs -- only Billy Williams (5) and Anthony Rizzo (4) have more 30-home run seasons as a LHB in team history.
  6. Kyle Hendricks has a 5.20 ERA on the road this season, compared to a 1.77 ERA at home. The last Cubs pitcher with a sub-2.00 ERA at home and a 5.00+ ERA on the road in a single season was Percy Jones in 1926 (min. 1 IP per team game).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/9/2019 thru 9/12/2019

The Chicago Cubs are in trouble.

Coming to San Diego hoping to win a four-game series against the Padres to strengthen their hold on a playoff spot, the Cubs go into the Thursday afternoon finale needing a victory just to gain a split.

They might also need a win just to hold onto a piece of the second National League wild-card position.

A 4-0 loss to the Padres on Wednesday dropped the Cubs into a tie with the Milwaukee Brewers for the final NL playoff berth. The New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies are both two games back, and the Arizona Diamondbacks are 2 1/2 games back.

With so many teams in the wild-card mix, the Cubs' best route to the playoffs might actually be overtaking St. Louis for the National League Central title. The Cubs go into Thursday trailing the Cardinals by four games -- with seven of their last 10 games scheduled against St. Louis.

"We can't be expecting any help," Chicago manager Joe Maddon said. "We have to win games. It's in our hands. If we win, we're in."

However, the Cubs have won only one of their past six games, including back-to-back defeats the past two days.

On Thursday, Chicago sends right-hander Yu Darvish (5-6, 4.12 ERA) to the Petco Park mound. He will face off with Padres right-hander Dinelson Lamet (2-4, 3.95 ERA).

Lamet will be making his second career start against the Cubs. The first came in 2017 when he held the Cubs to two runs on five hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in five innings to gain a win. That was before he had Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery at the start of the 2018 season.

The 27-year-old is set to make his 12th start since rejoining the San Diego rotation on July 4. Lamet has lost each of his past two starts despite allowing only six runs (three earned) on nine hits and three walks with 14 strikeouts in 11 innings.

Thursday looked to be a bullpen start for the Padres before it was determined that Lamet would go.

"We really like what we're seeing from Lamet," Padres manager Andy Green said recently. "His stuff was back, with even a bit more on the velocity before the command was. But now he's regaining command. And the spin ranks with the best in the major leagues."

Darvish will be making his team-leading 29th start of the season for the Cubs. He pitched five scoreless innings in his most recent start, Saturday in Milwaukee during a game Chicago eventually lost 3-2. Darvish struck out seven and walked one.

The 33-year-old has allowed only one run over 13 innings in his past two starts. He has a 2.69 ERA in 10 starts since the All-Star break, with 79 strikeouts against only four walks in 60 1/3 innings.

Darvish is 2-1 with a 4.13 ERA in four career starts against the Padres, but he hasn't faced San Diego since 2017. He is 1-1 with a 5.73 ERA in two previous starts at Petco Park.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 12, 2019

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