Chicago Cubs vs San Diego Padres: MLB Odds Analysis and Game PreviewDate: Friday, April 17, 2015 Time: 2:20PM Venue: Wrigley Field Opening Line: San Diego -110
Now pitching for the #Padres: @kimbrel46 pic.twitter.com/uQNXYO2HSy — San Diego Padres (@Padres) April 16, 2015With a 5-3 start under their belts, the Cubs are sitting atop the NL Central division, but they are still the subject of some less than pleasant press. The issue is not with the product on the field, but rather the state of Wrigley Field, which looks more like a construction zone than one of the most beloved parks in baseball. The Cubs organization says that things are progressing on that front, and they will certainly have a much easier sell of that story if the team continues to win. The Wrigley faithful will see Jason Hammel (1-0, 4.50 ERA) take to the mound on Friday. A postponement of a game earlier in the season bumped Hammel from his first projected start, but he finally got the nod in a win over the Rockies, where he gave up 3 runs in 6 innings en route to the win. The San Diego Padres were more active than most in the offseason, giving notice that they intend to be a contender this season. They did not get off to the best start, losing 3 of their first 4 games, but they have righted the ship quite nicely, going 5-1 in the 6 games right after that. Having Craig Kimbrel, who they acquired from the Braves, as a closer is going to make them feel very comfortable in those close games that are sure to come as the season progresses. The Padres will counter with James Shields (1-0, 2.08 ERA) on the mound on Friday. Shields has been solid in his first 2 starts, and was particularly good in his last outing versus the Giants, throwing 7 innings of 3 hit ball, and giving up a single earned run.