The Chicago Cubs now host a four-game tilt against the best team in the National League, the Los Angeles Dodgers. Time to see if the Cubs really are turning things around. A refresher on the series preview here at Bleacher Nation:
The idea is to hook you up with the bare minimum of what you need to know about every series this year. That way you can look like a genius, hardcore fan in front of all your friends, with minimum effort. Oh, and there will be pictures of hot chicks, too.
We’re Going Streaking
The Cubs managed to stop their eight-game losing streak by taking the last two from the Pittsburgh Pirates, but the skid put a serious damper on the team’s standing in the, um, standings.
The Dodgers, already the best team in the NL, come to Wrigley fresh off a sweep of the Colorado Rockies. The team, so far, has been no worse for the Manny-less wear. Hey, remember the last time the Cubs saw the Dodgers? Yay memories!
Game Times and Broadcasts
- Thursday, May 28 at 7:05 CT on WCIU and MLBn.
- Friday, May 29 at 1:20 CT on CSN.
- Saturday, May 30 at 3:10 CT on FOX.
- Sunday, May 31 at 7:05 CT on ESPN.
Expected Starters and Lineups
These lineups are likely to be, well, wrong. But they’ll be close.
Starters: Randy Wells (0-1, 1.50), Ted Lilly (5-4, 3.77), Ryan Dempster (3-3, 4.99), Sean Marshall (3-3, 3.70)
- Soriano, LF
- Theriot, SS
- Fukudome, CF
- Lee, 1B
- Bradley, RF
- Soto, C
- Fox, 3B (that’s just wishful thinking there)
- Fontenot, 2B
Starters: Randy Wolf (2-1, 3.02), Chad Billingsley (6-2, 2.82), Eric Stults (4-1, 4.29) (the actor?), Eric Milton (1-0, 3.00)
Lineup (this one is particularly tough, as the Dodgers have used a different lineup every day for what seems like the last week):
- Juan Pierre, LF
- Russell Martin, C
- Orlando Hudson, 2B (sure am glad the Cubs didn’t sign him…)
- Casey Blake, 3B
- Matt Kemp, CF
- James Loney, 1B
- Andre Eithier, RF
- Juan Castro, SS
Hot or Not and Whom to Watch
Don’t look now – and don’t say anything about it – but certain expensive, injury-prone, crazy outfielders are starting to turn it on. Also, hopefully Derrek Lee is now fully back to the lineup (flu), because he was hitting pretty darn well before the Pirates series. But of course, the guy to watch is recent call-up Jake Fox. Will he play? Will he start? Will he hit like he has at AAA? Ok, the answers to those questions are probably not all yes.
Naturally, the guy on the Dodgers to watch is Manny Ramirez. Watch, you know, as he doesn’t play. Hooray. Except, the dude replacing him – the long-reviled Juan Pierre – has sort of been, like, the best hitter in freaking baseball: .404 / .469 / .544. Yo. It won’t last, but he might be hot enough to stick it to the Cubs the same way he did when he was with the Cubs.
And now the best part of the preview: if the teams were represented by beautiful women, who would they be, and what would the match up look like. I thought long and hard about who would represent the Cubs this year. Given the fact that she’s thrown out the first pitch, sung the Seventh Inning Stretch, probably likes the Cubs – oh, and the fact that she is a level of hot commensurate with the Chicago Cubs’ ability, I’ve chosen supermodel Marisa Miller. You’re welcome.
For the Los Angeles Dodgers, this is easily the most difficult decision of the year. Some teams are hard because there are no attractive women associated with the team/city. For the Dodgers, it’s the exact opposite.
I would like you to name one attractive woman that does not have at least some connection to Los Angeles. Just one. Can’t do it. I promise.
So it’s all up to me. I’m going to start with a limiting factor: I’ll restrict this one to women who actually live in L.A., not just work there. And since I’m too lazy too look up current residents when I already know of a hot one, I’m gonna go with that hot one – she definitely lives in the Hollywood Hills. That would be “reality” star Audrina Patridge.
Say what you will about the Hills (guilty pleasure, sigh…), but getting to stare at Audrina in bikinis with your wife sitting right there, under the guise that you’re spending quality time together watching shows you both like… well, that’s just a damn good plan.