Series preview: Padres at Cubs


CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs (40-57) open a three-game series with the San Diego Padres (43-55) on Tuesday night.

Tuesday: Kyle Hendricks (0-0, 6.00) vs. Eric Stults (3-11, 4.98), 7:05 p.m.

Wednesday: Tsuyoshi Wada (0-0, 0.00) vs. Ian Kennedy (7-9, 3.62), 7:05 p.m.

Thursday: Edwin Jackson (5-10, 5.61) vs. Tyson Ross (8-10, 2.70), 7:05 p.m.

Storylines: Cubs starters Tuesday and Wednesday are of interest as Hendricks and Wada will get the ball for only the second time in their careers. At 33 years old, Wada may be nothing more than a stopgap or even trade bait if he performs as he did in his debut against the Cincinnati Reds. Hendricks has a chance to stick around if he can learn to navigate major league lineups. He settled down after a rough first inning in his debut against the Reds.

Who's Hot/Who's Not: Anthony Rizzo won player of the week honors in the National League as he came out of the All-Star break on fire. He hit three home runs while going 5-for-11 in a losing cause this past weekend against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Arismendy Alcantara came back down to earth after a hot start. He snapped a 0-for-12 skid with an RBI double in the eighth inning on Sunday. He has six extra-base hits in his first eight games. He also stole two bases over the weekend.