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Padres ST 2018: Game Preview/Thread 03/08 @ Cubs

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Jordan Lyles will get the start against the Cubs.

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Jordan Lyles will take the mound for today’s Spring Training game against Chicago in Mesa today. Lyles is among the myriad of pitchers competing for the back end of the rotation this Spring Training, battling with the likes of Tyson Ross, Chris Young, Luis Perdomo, Robbie Erlin, and (now injured) Colin Rea. While Jordan may have a leg up on the competition thanks to the nature of his big-league contract, he’ll have to perform up to his 1st round pedigree in order to stand out thanks to some compelling performances from his teammates. He’ll get that chance against a formidable Cubs team today.

Matt Strahm is also slated to make his debut today. Strahm has been talked of as a possible starting rotation arm coming into the season but is getting a slow build up in order to return to starting duties. Andy Green has indicated that the lefty will more likely see a bullpen role at first in order to build up stamina and make his way back from last year’s knee injury.

The lineup today looks pretty close to what you could see during a regular season contest save for the last couple spots (and the DH, of course).

Speaking of today’s DH, Andy Green talked of the two second baseman during his daily address yesterday:

“The way we’re constructed right now, you’re looking at one of them probably owning that job and one of them fighting to get back. Theoretically, they could both be on the team. Anything could happen. We see them as both being very similar. Left-handed hitting second baseman, you won’t have a reason to take one out and play the other. I love the aggression both are playing with.”

AJ Cassavell also wrote up a piece for MLB.com describing the battle between the two. Though Spangenberg has a better utility profile having played 2nd, 3rd and left field last year, Asuaje has shown a better bat during spring while Cory was sidelined with a wrist issue. What could add more intrigue to the battle is the performance of Luis Urias and if his play warrants a call-up sooner rather than later.

In “huh, that’s something” news, Carter Capps has taken the rib he had removed during thoracic outlet surgery and had it made into a necklace. Carter has also been digging deep to make a comeback to the bullpen after his Tommy John and thoracic outlet surgeries as noted by SDUT beat writer Kevin Acee.

Today’s contest picks up at 12:05 PM PST and will be radio-only with Jesse Agler and Tony Gwynn, Jr. on the call.