The Chicago Cubs welcome the Diamondbacks to Wrigley for the last series of the year. And that means it’s the last Series Preview here at Bleacher Nation for the season. It’s ok. Strong men also cry. Strong men also cry. 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 will end the year over .500 for the third straight year, which is an accomplishment, albeit an unsatisfying one for now. They will also finish second in the NL Central.
The Diamondbacks really struggled this year, fought through some injury issues, and ended up bringing up the rear in the NL West. If only this series had meant something to the Cubs, it would have been a nice matchup.
Game Times and Broadcasts
- Friday, October 2 at 1:20 CT on WGN.
- Saturday, October 3 at 12:05 CT on WGN.
- Sunday, October 4 at 1:20 CT on CSN.
Expected Starters and Lineups
These lineups are likely to be, well, wrong. But they’ll be close.
Starters: Tom Gorzelanny (7-2, 4.70), Randy Wells (11-10, 3.18), Ryan Dempster (11-8, 3.51)
Lineup (note that a lot of youngsters will get play):
- Theriot, SS
- Bradley, RF (ha, just playin’ – it’ll be Fukudome, CF)
- Lee, 1B
- Ramirez, 3B
- Fox/Fuld, LF
- Fontenot/Baker, 2B
- Soto, C
- Whatever dude they throw in RF
Starters: Billy Buckner, (3-6, 6.59), Daniel Cabrera, (0-5, 6.07), Doug Davis, (8-14, 4.19)
- Stephen Drew, SS
- Ryan Roberts, 2B
- Justin Upton, RF
- Miguel Montero, C
- Mark Reynolds, 3B
- Gerardo Parra, CF
- Eric Byrnes, LF
- Chad Tracy, 1B
Hot or Not and Whom to Watch
It’s all about the pitchers for the Cubs in this series. They all really do have something to pitch for: Gorzelanny is trying to win a spot in the 2010 rotation. Randy Wells is trying to complete one of the best rookie pitcher seasons the Cubs have ever had. And Ryan Dempster is trying to continue the unbelievable turnaround he’s had this year.
You can watch some of the Diamondbacks, too, if you want. Shrug.
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.
Choosing a representative for the Diamondbacks was actually difficult. You may not know this, but a disproportionately large number of Playboy Playmates hail from Arizona. But we fancy Bleacher Nation a semi-family friendly site, so we’ll try to find someone else.
Formerly hot E! host Jules Asner? Sexy singer Michelle Branch? Nah. Come on. When you think “hot,” “Arizona,” and “pitcher,” who immediately comes to mind?
Well, after Randy Johnson?
That’s right, it’s Olympic pitcher and former Arizona Wildcat, Jennie Finch. Never would you feel so good as to have been struck out by a woman. Bonus connection to this series: Jennie Finch is married to former Diamondbacks pitcher Casey Daigle (I guess actual success wasn’t a criteria for a spouse).
So who you got in this one? Do you go with hot (Marisa Miller)? Or hot, and could kill you with a softball (Jennie Finch)?