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Padres Preview: Luis Perdomo vs. Jake Arrieta & the Chicago Cubs

Padres seek a sweep in the series finale

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Jarred Cosart had us on the edge of our seat, and the Padres pulled out a win. Dinelson Lamet kept the Cubs’ bats quiet while the Padres bats spoke loudly. Now it’s Luis Perdomo’s turn to hang a loss on the World Champs.

In his most recent start, Luis Perdomo pitched six quality innings against an imposing Nationals offense, holding them to three runs on six hits and two walks. Unfortunately for him, he ran into the buzzsaw that is Max Scherzer. Today he faced Jake Arrieta, a former Cy Young winner who is trying to regain his own buzzsaw status. Perdomo has held opponents to three runs or less in six of his eight starts, and he looked pretty darn good in his most recent outing. He’s been better on the road than he has at home, but today gives him a chance to even that out a little.

Chicago Cubs v St Louis Cardinals
Arrieta’s beard is approaching Brian Wilson levels of hateability.
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Jake Arrieta won the Cy Young award in 2015, but his 4.92 ERA this season shows that he’s slipped from that lofty throne. He’s lost some velocity and his breaking stuff doesn’t have the same bite that made him so dominant. Fangraphs’ Jeff Sullivan dove down the rabbit hole to see what’s changed, and it doesn’t seem like much, but I suppose that’s the difference between dominance and mediocrity. As average as his numbers may look, there’s still the talent and mind of an ace in that body, and this Cubs team has too much pride to take a sweep laying down.

After today’s game, the Padres get a much-needed day off before hosting the NL West leading Colorado Rockies. Get out there and enjoy some sunshine, and you just might witness a Padres sweep!

Start time: 12:40PM PDT
Radio: 94.9FM, 860AM (Español)
TV: Fox Sports San Diego, Fox Deportes San Diego
Online: MLB.TV