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Padres ST 2018: Game Preview/Thread 03/13 vs. Cubs

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Jordan Lyles takes the bump vs. the Cubs.

MLB: Spring Training-San Diego Padres at Chicago Cubs Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

After a really rough outing in his last Spring Training start Jordan Lyles will get another audition for the starting rotation (or bullpen) in today’s game vs. Chicago (NL version) in Peoria.

No one will blame you if you missed Lyles’ last start; it wasn’t pretty. His spring so far hasn’t been strong either: in 3 starts and 5 innings pitched Jordan has given up 11 hits and 7 earned runs with only 2 strikeouts and 2 walks. Given the strong performances of Tyson Ross and Chris Young as of late it’s hard to plug the 27-year-old righty into the rotation unless an injury or trade occurs. A long-relief or bullpen spot seems more likely unless Lyles begins to put together a compelling case to start or is outright released from his major league contract.

Save for the DH today’s lineup looks very much like what a regular-season contest could look like. Hunter Renfroe will get the DH spot while Wil Myers and Jose Pirela get the corner outfield duties.

In case you missed it, the Padres had a second game going yesterday with reigning Liga Mexicana de Béisbol champions Toros de Tijuana. The Padres came out on top 12-4 and will send another squad to face the Bulls again today. If you’d like to keep score on the Shohei Ohtani signing, this was the same Toros team that hit a home run off of the Japanese star and would go on to beat the Angels last Friday. You can do the transference math from there.

The second base battle will continue in today’s game: Carlos Asuaje will get the start and will be relieved by Cory Spangenberg. Jose Pirela has been mentioned by Andy Green as having a possible job as part of two platoons, spelling 2nd base against left-handed pitching alongside time in the outfield. Andy Green mentioned Pirela alongside Hunter Renfroe’s role in yesterday’s daily media address:

“I don’t see carrying both Pirela and (Hunter Renfroe) as an impossibility, Pirela is a guy who might bounce into second base against left-handed pitching. Hunter is probably on the roster to face left-handed pitching.”

It was tons of fun while it lasted: future double-play tandem Luis Urias and Fernando Tatis, Jr. are heading to minor league camp after stellar performances in big league camp.

Today’s game will start a little later at 1:10 PM and will be televised on Fox Sports San Diego.