Monday, May 6

Watch Soto vs. Bellinger FREE on MLB.TV

Two dynamic outfielders — one in a brand new uniform — will meet beneath the lights at Wrigley Field. And you’ll be able to watch without cost on MLB.TV at 7:40 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

Soto is off to a gradual begin in 2023, hitting simply .198, however he leads the Majors with 22 walks, and his on-base proportion is a stable .369. He’s a part of a formidable lineup that features Manny Machado, Fernando Tatis Jr. and offseason acquisition Xander Bogaerts. While the Padres’ offense general has struggled, Bogaerts hasn’t, hitting .330 with a .417 OBP and .545 slugging proportion thus far this yr.

But the Padres will face a tricky take a look at in Cubs left-hander Justin Steele, one among baseball’s finest pitchers thus far in 2023. Steele has pitched to a 1.44 ERA — fifth within the Majors this season — and has struck out 24 batters in 25 innings.

Steele shall be backed by a Cubs lineup anchored by Bellinger, the 2017 NL Rookie of the Year and 2019 NL MVP, who came visiting from the Dodgers within the offseason. The Cubs’ bats have been robust early on: Patrick Wisdom has hit 9 residence runs; and Nico Hoerner, Ian Happ, Seiya Suzuki and Bellinger are all hitting over .300. Dansby Swanson, one other free-agent add, is simply shy of that mark with a .299 common.

The Cubs will face Padres left-hander Blake Snell, who’s 0-3 with a 6.00 ERA thus far this season however pitched to a 3.38 mark in 2022. The 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner with the Rays, Snell is in his third season with San Diego.

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