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Probable Pitchers

San Diego Padres @ Chicago Cubs

, Wrigley Field
Eric Stults, LHP
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    Eric Stults, last 5 years vs. CHC
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Career stats

It's been a rough run for Stults in the first half, as he's allowed 18 home runs in 99 1/3 innings after allowing 19 a year ago in 203 2/3 innings. He has made some changes to his mechanics to hasten his tempo, which have helped him some.

Kyle Hendricks, RHP
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    Kyle Hendricks, last 5 years vs. SD
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Hendricks will be given a chance to fill one of the openings created by the Cubs' Fourth of July trade with the A's. It will be Hendricks' second big league start. In his first July 10 vs. the Reds, he struck out seven over six innings.

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San Diego Padres @ Chicago Cubs

, Wrigley Field
Ian Kennedy, RHP
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    Ian Kennedy, last 5 years vs. CHC
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Kennedy struggled with control in his last outing, against the Mets. He needed 105 pitches just to get through five innings, with four runs allowed and three walks. He still has a 2.08 ERA in four July starts spanning 26 innings.

Tsuyoshi Wada, LHP
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    Tsuyoshi Wada, last 5 years vs. SD
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This will be Wada's second big league start. In his first on July 8 against the Reds, he gave up one unearned run on five hits over five innings and struck out three. The lefty was leading the Pacific Coast League in strikeouts.

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San Diego Padres @ Chicago Cubs

, Wrigley Field
Tyson Ross, RHP
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    Tyson Ross, last 5 years vs. CHC
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Ross, an All-Star, has been dynamite of late. He has a 1.47 ERA in his last six games and has allowed 30 hits in 43 innings. The slider continues to be a big weapon for him, but his sinker got eight ground-ball outs in hist last start vs. the Mets.

Edwin Jackson, RHP
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Maybe pitching at Wrigley Field will help Jackson. He's 4-3 with a 5.19 ERA in nine starts at home compared to 1-7 with a 5.97 ERA on the road. He's 0-3 in his last five starts. In his last game against the D-Backs, he gave up three runs.

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St. Louis Cardinals @ Chicago Cubs

, Wrigley Field
Joe Kelly, RHP
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In his second start since coming off the DL, Kelly threw a career-high seven innings. He recorded 15 of his 21 outs on the ground, a credit to a strong sinker. He also fixed some mechanical issues that he believed had been leading him to tip pitches.

Travis Wood, LHP
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It's been a struggle this season for Wood, who ranks third in the NL in walks. He is 0-4 in his last six starts. Pitching coach Chris Bosio would like to see Wood get back to basics and challenge hitters more. The problem is command, or lack of.

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St. Louis Cardinals @ Chicago Cubs

, Wrigley Field
To Be Announced

Jake Arrieta, RHP
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Arrieta somehow struck out eight over 6 2/3 innings in his last start despite being weak from a three-day battle with the stomach flu. He took the loss, only his third in 14 starts. He served up three runs to the Diamondbacks.

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