Well that was, uh, not great. At least the Cubs transition from playing one of the best teams in the league to one of the worst. Weird shit tends to happen on west coast road trips though, so who knows what will happen. The Padres are as bad as their record, with the second worst offense in baseball by wOBA and third worst by ERA. Former Cubs Trevor Cahill and Clayton Richard lead the team in WAR. The Cubs thankfully 'dodge' them in this series, however, as Cahill is on the DL and Richard pitched on Saturday.
- OBP: Kris Bryant (.394)
- ISO: Bryant (.264)
- HR: Anthony Rizzo (12)
- R+RBI: Bryant (57)
- wRC+: Bryant (146)
- BSR: Jon Jay (2.5)
- SP K/9: Jake Arrieta (10.16)
- SP BB/9: Arrieta (2.38)
- SP FIP: Jon Lester (3.46)
- RP K/9: Carl Edwards Jr (12.00)
- RP BB/9: Brian Duensing (2.05)
- RP FIP: Wade Davis (2.09)
- WAR: Bryant (1.7)
- OBP: Allen Cordoba (.351)
- ISO: Ryan Schimpf (.279)
- HR: Schimpf (13)
- R+RBI: Wil Myers (57)
- wRC+: Myers (115)
- BSR: Erick Aybar (1.6)
- SP K/9: Trevor Cahill (11.10)
- SP BB/9: Clayton Richard (2.49)
- SP FIP: Cahill (2.87)
- RP K/9: Brad Hand (11.57)
- RP BB/9: Jose Torres (1.50)
- RP FIP: Brandon Maurer (2.62)
- WAR: Cahill (1.1)
Injuries, transactions, vengeance pacts, etc.
The Padres have a whole lot of players down, and with how eclectic this team is I'm not sure which ones actually matter. Cahill is on the DL with a shoulder strain, which is the most notable one. Carter Capps, he of the bizarre/illegal delivery, is on his way back from TJS last year. And hey, somehow Jared Weaver is still in the bigs. Well, on the DL in the bigs.
K%, BB%, ERA, projected ERA listed for each starter.
Kyle has looked more Kyle-like this year, though not necessarily Cyle-like. He went seven strong innings in his last start and is the current title holder for most reliable Cubs starter. But that crown has not rested easily on the heads of those who wear it this season, or some other such cliche.
The Padres were rescued from another terrible Cosart start his last time out due to a foul ball that was hit off his foot. He too has pitched like one would expect Jarred Cosart to pitch. He has not gien up a home run this year, so he has that going for him I guess.
The Cubs have managed to squeeze three starts out of Butler while avoiding giving up a boatload of runs. If they're going to stretch it to four, this probably represents the best chance.
Lamet has one major league start under his belt, a five inning, one run, eight strikeout outing against the Mets last week. He throws hard: 95-98 on his fastball and has an okay slider. Based on his minor league numbers he skews toward being fly ball guy. Given how the Cubs seem to pop out two times an inning maybe that's not so great.
Perdomo has one of the strangest fangraphs pages that I have seen. He was in the Cardinals farm system from 2011-2015 and never rose above high A ball. Then he made 20 starts for the Padres in 2016, posting a 5.71 ERA. And he's back his year. Perhaps they mixed him up with the other Luis Perdomo who made 60 appearances as the long man out of the pen for the Padres in 2009 and was also not good. Doing some actual googling, he was a rule 5 guy, so I guess that makes a little more sense. Also, I love how a 5.71 ERA in 146 innings is considered a rule 5 success, per the fangraphs story I found when googling (dying laughing). He throws a lot of fastballs.