The Chicago Cubs welcome the Cleveland Indians to Wrigley Field, and welcome back a couple of old friends in the process. But let’s hope we don’t see one of them.
So, the series preview: the idea is to hook you up with 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 eek out one win against the Twins White Sox this week, and it was the cool come-back kind. So that was pretty cool. But, you know, they’re still generally sucking pretty hard – 10 and 18 in their last 28. Ouch.
The Indians just happily bent over for the Milwaukee Brewers in a three-game sweep, which was totally helpful. Thanks.
Game Times and Broadcasts
- Friday, June 19 at 1:20 CT on CSN.
- Saturday, June 20 at 12:05 CT on WGN.
- Sunday, June 21 at 1:20 CT on CSN.
Expected Starters and Lineups
These lineups are rarely perfect, but they’re usually close.
Starters: Rich Harden (4-3, 4.53), Ted Lilly (7-4, 2.94), Randy Wells (0-3, 2.55)
- Soriano, LF
- Theriot, SS
- Bradley, RF
- Lee, 1B
- Soto, C
- Johnson/Fukudome, CF
- Fontenot, 3B
- Miles, 2B
Starters: Cliff Lee (4-6, 2.88), Tomo Ohka (0-1, 4.24), Jeremy Sowers (1-4, 5.14)
- Jamey Carroll, 2B
- Mark DeRosa, LF
- Victor Martinez, 1B (will Hafner play some? Martinez back to catching maybe?)
- Shin-Soo Choo, RF
- Jhonny Peralta, 3B
- Ben Francisco, CF
- Luis Valbuena, SS
- Kelly Shoppach, C
Hot or Not and Whom to Watch
The Chicago Cubs still can’t hit with runners in scoring position, but at least Derrek Lee is still hitting. And don’t look now – why do people say that? Of course you should look – but Geo Soto is starting to hit just a little bit. Randy Wells gets his first start – long delayed – after his first rough outing. Exposed, or just a fluke? We’ll see.
Do I really have to tell you whom to watch on the Indians? Of course it’s Kerry Wood and Mark DeRosa. DeRosa, whilst remaining helpfully versatile, has put up an OPS over .800 and driven in enough runs that he would handily lead the Cubs if, you know, he was still a Cub. Commencing gnashing of teeth. Wood hasn’t been quite as missed, but still, I love that guy. It will be hard to see him in another uniform facing the Cubs. Hopefully he won’t. Unless, of course, it’s a 47-0 blowout by the Cubs and he’s the last pitcher left, in which case, lulz.
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 Indians, sure, I could probably come up with a hot chick from Cleveland (er, well…). Alternatively, I could probably come up with a hot Indian chick (I’ll leave aside the obvious and insensitive dots/feathers remark).
But no. No, no, no. Only one woman will do here.
The woman that Jim Hendry stole from Cubs fans. That’s right. I’m talking about Mark DeRosa’s hot model wife, Heidi Miller. Ooh, a match up of model Millers.