Series preview: Cubs vs Padres

So, here we are. The losing streak has reached an embarrassingly-bad 12 games and the offense is still sputtering in an awful way. After a series sweep by the Pirates, it’s hard to imagine it getting much worse. But, with the offensively anemic Padres headed into town, there’s still hope. That is, if you’re a fan of watching terrible baseball.

Probable Starters:

May 28, 1:20 p.m.: Jeff Suppan (2-3, 4.21 ERA) at Travis Wood (0-1, 3.86 ERA)

May 29, 1:20 p.m.: Eric Stults (1-0, 1.96 ERA) at Jeff Samardzija (4-3, 3.00 ERA)

May 30, 1:20 p.m.: Anthony Bass (2-5, 3.55 ERA) at Ryan Dempster (0-3, 2.14 ERA)

Series Studs:

David DeJesus: He’s been on an absolute tear the last two weeks, compiling 13 hits and 5 walks, and he’s going to have to continue that if the Cubs have any chance of stopping this skid.

Alfonso Soriano: Soriano is on one of his patented hot streaks right now, putting together a string of 12 hits, including 5 home runs, over the last two weeks. Like DeJesus, his continued success will be key in this series.

Series Duds:

Bryan LaHair: I fully expect him to continue skid, which is currently a pathetic 3-33 in the last two weeks.

Prediction:

Cubs pick up a win today to end the streak, but then go on to lose the next two in the series. The offense probably won’t wake up just yet – it’s just not that good. In short, find something else to do for the next few days, Cubs fans, you don’t wanna see this.

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