The Chicago Cubs now head on down to L.A. for a four-game tilt against the best team in the National League, the Dodgers. Isn’t it sweet that the Cubs’ get a home and home for four games against the Dodgers this year? 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
Well, you know the story on the Cubs – lose, lose, lose, and lose some more. A horrific stretch has seen them fall from first place in the Central to six games out in just over a week. The Cubs managed just one win against the Padres, and it’s not as if a four game set against the Dodgers is going to be the salvo.
The Dodgers are probably in their worst stretch of the year, going 10-16 over the past month. It’s hard to believe, but the Giants and Rockies are now closer to the Dodgers in the West than the Cubs are to the Cardinals in the Central.
Game Times and Broadcasts
- Thursday, August 20 at 9:10 CT on WGN.
- Friday, August 21 at 9:10 CT on CSN+.
- Saturday, August 22 at 3:10 CT on FOX.
- Sunday, August 23 at 3:10 CT on WGN.
Expected Starters and Lineups
These lineups are likely to be, well, wrong. But they’ll be close.
Starters: Tom Gorzelanny (5-2, 5.24), Randy Wells (9-5, 3.01), Ted Lilly (9-7, 3.42), Ryan Dempster (6-7, 4.28)
- Fukudome, CF
- Bradley, RF
- Lee, 1B
- Ramirez, 3B
- Soriano, LF
- Soto, C
- Baker/Fontenot, 2B
- Theriot, SS
Starters: Jeff Weaver (5-4, 3.71), Randy Wolf (7-6, 3.43), Charlie Haeger (0-1, 3.86), Chad Billingsley (12-6, 3.70)
Lineup (the Dodgers’ moves literally daily, so, yeah…):
- Rafael Furcal, SS
- Russell Martin, C
- Andre Ethier, RF
- Manny Ramirez, LF
- Casey Blake, 3B
- Matt Kemp, CF
- James Loney, 1B
- Orlando Hudson, 2B
Hot or Not and Whom to Watch
Every Chicago Cub with a bat is going to need to step up in this series. The Cubs miss the Dodgers’ best starter, Clayton Kershaw, so they need to take advantage. Further, hopefully Ted Lilly’s excellent first start back from the DL was simply the first of many.
Good God the Dodgers have an absurd lineup. It reminds me, top to bottom, of how I felt about the Cubs’ lineup last year. There is not an easy out until you get to the pitcher – and mathematically, if everyone gets a hit but the pitcher, I think that may lead to some runs.
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. Last time, I went with “reality” star Audrina Patridge.
Say what you will about the Hills (guilty pleasure, sigh…), but getting to stare at hot chicks 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.
But we’re going to change it up this time – though sticking with the Hills theme. This time, we’ll go with the new star of the Hills. You remember her from Laguna Beach (you don’t? oh…), the very hot Kristin Cavallari.