Game Ninety-Nine – Cubs (41-57) vs. Padres (43-56)
- Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 85, 844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Tsuyoshi Wada (0-0, 0.00/1.20/2.54) vs. Ian Kennedy (7-9, 3.62/1.21/2.98)
The Cubs will shoot for two wins in a row tonight behind Tsuyoshi Wada in his second big league start and Wrigley Field debut. The Cubs announced prior to Tuesday’s game that Kyle Hendricks and Tsuyoshi Wada would hold down the fourth and fifth spots in the rotation for the foreseeable future. Dallas Beeler and Dan Straily are expected to see starts at the big league level this season, but for now the Cubs will stick with Hendricks and Wada.
Emilio Bonifacio and Arismendy Alcantara should be at the top of the lineup again tonight. Bonifacio and Alcantara are expected to split time in center and at second base while Bonifacio is still with the Cubs. Jed Hoyer mentioned Tuesday that Alcantara would likely see more time in center than at second for now.
With Mike Olt optioned to Iowa, Luis Valbuena should receive a bulk of the playing time at third base. Bonifacio can fill in at third as well. If the Cubs move one or both of the players, the roster shuffle will continue. Chris Coghlan has limited experience in the big leagues at both second and third base.
On the pitching side, the Cubs plan to stick with a 13-man staff. Jake Arrieta, Edwin Jackson, Travis Wood, Kyle Hendricks and Tsuyoshi Wada in the rotation with Hector Rondon, Neil Ramirez, Pedro Strop, Brian Schlitter, Justin Grimm, James Russell, Wesley Wright and Carlos Villanueva in the pen.
The offense will have the tough task of figuring out Ian Kennedy tonight. Kennedy has been very good of late and he could be the next player the Padres College of General Managers ship out. There were reportedly a lot of scouts on hand Tuesday night to watch the two teams play and should be more at the old ballyard tonight with Kennedy on the hill.
Rick Renteria should run out as many right handed bats as possible. Lefties have hit only .228/.287/.332 against Kennedy this season while right handers have managed a .265/.318/.361 line.
Tonight all starts with Tsuyoshi Wada …
Dr. K makes his second big league start and Wrigley Field debut tonight. The Cubs called up Tsuyoshi Wada as the 26th man to face the Reds in the second game of a day-night doubleheader in Cincinnati. Wada held the Reds to one unearned run on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts in five innings. Wada became more and more predictable as his outing wore on and he must stay away from those same patterns tonight or the Padres will take advantage.
Wada was optioned back down after making his big league debut and struggled in his first outing back with Iowa. Wada allowed four runs on nine hits with a walk and five strikeouts. Wada completed six innings and served up three homers to Oklahoma City. Wada did not participate in the Triple-A All-Star Game and held Round Rock to one run on three hits in six innings his last time out. Wada issued one walk and tied a season-high with 10 strikeouts.
The Cubs get their second crack of the year at Ian Kennedy. The Padres right hander shut down the Cubs in May and is coming off a rough outing against the Mets. Kennedy allowed four runs on six hits with three walks and four strikeouts in five innings. Kennedy had been lights out prior to his last start and is rumored to be on several teams’ radars to help fill a hole in one of their rotations.
Ian Kennedy is 2-0 in his last four starts with a 2.08 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP and is 4-4 in 10 starts outside of PETCO Park with a 3.06 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. Kennedy held the Cubs to one run on two hits in six innings back on May 25 and makes his tenth career start against the Cubs tonight.
Ian Kennedy is 4-2 in nine starts in his career against the Cubs with a 5.80 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP, at Wrigley Field, Kennedy is 2-1 in three starts with a 6.30 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Ian Kennedy
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