The Chicago Cubs head off to the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia, to take on the second-best team in the National League: the Phillies. 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 are scorching hot! They’re alone in second place in the Central! They’ve won four in a row! All is right with the world! Oh, except all four were against the Washington Nationals.
The Phillies are actually scorching hot, having won eight in a row. Finally, they’re playing like reigning world champions. Just in time for the Cubs. Sweet.
Game Times and Broadcasts
- Monday, July 20 at 6:05 CT on CSN/ESPN.
- Tuesday, July 21 at 6:05 CT on WGN.
- Wenesday, July 22 at 12:05 CT on WGN.
Expected Starters and Lineups
These lineups aren’t always perfect, but they’re usually close.
Starters: Ted Lilly (9-6, 3.18), Rich Harden (6-6, 5.06), Carlos Zambrano (6-4, 3.36)
- Fukudome, CF
- Theriot, SS
- Lee, 1B
- Ramirez, 3B
- Bradley, RF
- Soriano, LF
- Fontenot/Baker, 2B
- Hill/Fox (smiles, still hopes), C
Starters: Rodrigo Lopez (1-0, 3.18), Joe Blanton (6-4, 4.44), Jamie Moyer (9-6, 5.58)
- Jimmy Rollins, SS
- Shane Victorino, CF
- Chase Utley, 2B
- Ryan Howard, 1B
- Raul Ibanez, LF
- Jason Werth, RF
- Pedro Feliz, 3B
- Carlos Ruiz, C
Hot or Not and Whom to Watch
Rich Harden tore up the Nationals in his last start, but was that real, or was it, you know, just the Nationals? Alfonso Soriano is starting to show a little more life in his bat (Milton Bradley is not), and Derrek Lee continues to scorch.
What a lineup the Phillies throw out there. Raul Ibanez – who has made it clear that he doesn’t use steroids – is having a career year at age 49. He backs up two of the best lefty hitters in baseball, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. Jamie Moyer is still pitching, but he’s a total hit or miss: in his last dozen starts or so, he’s been dominant in half, and downright terrible in the other half.
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.
We’re going to go back to the old standby method of choosing representatives, as we choose for the Philadelphia Phillies: someone from Philadelphia. And, frankly, there aren’t a lot of hotties from the nation’s first capital. But there is at least one, and she’s a real world kind of hotty – the kind that you could actually meet. She’d still be way too good for you, but you’d feel like you had a chance.
Remember ‘Trading Spaces’? God, I hope not. Otherwise you’re reading the wrong blog. But if you do, you may be aware of the beautiful and spunky host, Paige Davis. She hails from Philadelphia, and she’s taking up the Phillies’ cause in this Series She-View.