The Chicago Cubs welcome the Cincinnati Reds to town to get one last look at the magical Dusty Baker. Just as long as you’re not missing him. 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
Sweeps aplenty. For the Cubs, they just swept the welcoming Pittsburgh Pirates. For the Reds, they were just swept – in four games – by the Colorado Rockies. Thanks for the help.
Before that, the Reds had won an incredible seven games in a row. Before that, they lost two in a row. And before that, they won five in a row. I could keep going. Apparently they’re the Alfonso Soriano of teams.
Game Times and Broadcasts
- Friday, September 11 at 1:20 CT on WGN.
- Saturday, September 12 at 12:05 CT on CSN.
- Sunday, September 13 at 1:20 CT on WGN.
Expected Starters and Lineups
These lineups aren’t always perfect, but they’re usually close.
Starters: Rich Harden (9-8, 4.10), Randy Wells (10-8, 2.84), Ted Lilly (11-8, 3.17)
- Fukudome, CF (come ON, Lou!)
- Theriot, SS
- Lee, 1B
- Ramirez, 3B
- Bradley, RF
- Fox, LF
- Soto, C
- Fontenot/Baker, 2B (except if it’s Baker, then he’ll probably be much higher, because he’s kind of awesome)
Starters: Justin Lehr (4-1, 4.43), Johnny Cueto (9-10, 4.39), Homer Bailey (5-4, 5.60)
- Drew Stubbs, CF
- Paul Janish, SS
- Joey Votto, 1B
- Brandon Phillips, 2B
- Scott Rolen, 3B
- Johnny Gomes, LF
- Wladimier Balentien, CF
- Ryan Hanigan, C
Hot or Not and Whom to Watch
Derrek Lee may very well be the hottest hitter in baseball, with as many homers as games played in the last week, and an OPS approaching 1.100 for nearly a month now.
Soon, this spot is going to be dedicated to Jeff Baker, but I don’t want to jinx it. Suffice it to say: the guy’s been good.
One high point for the Cubs this year: the starting pitching. Just look at the lines on the starters. Totally solid. And totally frustrating.
The last time these teams squared off, the Cubs were dominated by a nobody journeyman named Justin Lehr. Well, here he is again. Slightly less nobody, but no less journeyman.
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 (did you catch her latest flick – some thing about pregnancy – on the ABC Family channel? if not, you missed OUT! no, not really…), but she remains hot. Or at least, she was once very hot, and there remain lots of pictures of her.
So we’re sticking with Lindsay Lohan for the Reds. Again. A glamorous match up this time.