The Chicago Cubs head off to Cincinnati to take on an old friend and his club. 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 just one win in a three-game set against the Phillies, but are a solid 5-2 since the All-Star break. That’s been good enough to put them in second place in the NL Central, out by just one game.
The Reds are headed in the opposite direction. Although just a month ago they were very much in the thick of the race, they’ve fallen back quite a bit.
Game Times and Broadcasts
- Friday, July 24 at 1:20 CT on CSN.
- Saturday, July 25 at 12:05 CT on CSN.
- Sunday, July 26 at 1:20 CT on WGN.
Expected Starters and Lineups
These lineups aren’t always perfect, but they’re usually close.
Starters: Randy Wells (5-4, 3.00), Ted Lilly (9-7, 3.59), Kevin Hart (1-1, 2.30)
- Fukudome, CF
- Theriot, SS
- Lee, 1B
- Ramirez, 3B
- Bradley, RF
- Soriano, LF
- Fontenot/Baker, 2B
- Hill, C
Starters: Aaron Harang (5-10, 4.17), Johnny Cueto (8-6, 3.67), Micah Owings (6-10, 5.33)
- Willy Taveras, CF
- Jerry Hairston, SS
- Joey Votto, 1B
- Brandon Phillips, 2B
- Edwin Encarnacion, 3B
- Johnny Gomes, LF
- Chris Dickerson, RF
- Ryan Hanigan, C
Hot or Not and Whom to Watch
Aramis Ramirez is starting to find his stroke again, and the Chicago Cubs lineup is a completely different one with him in it. Ryan Theriot has been quietly hot, getting his batting average back over .300, and Kosuke Fukudome may have found the cure to his second half swoon – a stint in the leadoff spot.
Joey Votto has become a world beater for the Reds, and he’s always been a Cubs beater. Aaron Harang is no longer the pitcher he once was, and Micah Owings would still make a better outfielder than pitcher. Hopefully that translates to a fair bit of offense for the offensively-challenged 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.
For the Reds, the plan all season has been to go with redheads. Which, like, duh. Makes sense. But we intended to change it up – offering a different redhead for every series. But then we got a bit stuck on Lindsay Lohan. Yes, she’s become a hilarious, ridiculous trainwreck (you can catch her latest flick – some thing about pregnancy – on the ABC Family channel), but she remains hot.
So we’re sticking with Lindsay Lohan for the Reds.