Florida Marlins Series Preview: Cubs v. Marlins, July 31   August 2, 2009The Chicago Cubs head to Miami to take on the Florida Marlins and Lebron James. Cleveland Cavs fans, unite.

Time for 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 streaks, lineups, game times, broadcast schedule, etc. 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 beautiful women, too.

We’re Going Streaking

The Cubs are still a billion games under .500, but they just swept the Cardinals, largely ending the Cardinals playoff hopes.

The Marlins are a game over .500, but they were just swept by the Phillies, largely ending their own playoff hopes.

Boom – you just got paralleled.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Friday, September 17 at 6:10 CT on CSN.
  • Saturday, September 18 at 6:10 CT on WGN.
  • Sunday, September 19 at 12:10 CT on WGN.

Expected Starters and Lineups

These lineups should be pretty close to the real deal.


Starters: Ryan Dempster (13-10, 3.62), Casey Coleman (1-2, 5.11), Jeff Samardzija (1-1, 7.00)

Lineup (so hard to predict, what with the youngsters and all):

  1. DeWitt, 2B
  2. Castro, SS
  3. Byrd, CF
  4. Ramirez, 3B
  5. Nady, 1B (could be Soto here)
  6. Colvin, RF (or Fukudome, who would bat at the top)
  7. Soriano, LF
  8. Soto/Hill, C (though Soto’s finally been batting higher)
  9. Pitcher


Starters: Alex Sanabia, (4-2, 3.95), Anibal Sanchez (12-9, 3.35), Andrew Miller (1-2, 6.75)


  1. Emilio Bonifacio, CF
  2. Logan Morrison, LF
  3. Hanley Ramirez, SS
  4. Dan Uggla, 2B
  5. Gabby Sanchez, 1B
  6. Mike Stanton, RF
  7. Wes Helms/Chad Tracy, 3B
  8. Brad Davis, C
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

Jeff Samardzija gets his second start, and another chance to take an early lead in the race for a spot in the 2011 rotation. Last time out, he shut out the Cardinals over 5.2 – but gave up 6 hits and 4 walks.

Kosuke Fukudome has been steadily increasing his line in limited action from a season low .247/.353/.400 on August 2 to a respectable – if not very good – .274/.376/.450 line today.

If you don’t recognize those Marlin starting pitchers, I don’t blame you too much. After big-timers Josh Johnson and Ricky Nolasco were shut down for the rest of the season, they’ve had a number of youngsters fill in. The elder statesman that the Cubs will face is Anibal Sanchez, who owns a 2.45 ERA at home this year.

Dan Uggla has 30 homers again this year – his fourth straight 30-homer season. He’s never topped the 100 RBI mark, and he’s got 94 on the season.

Hanley Ramirez is having a down year, but he’s still putting up a .301/.379/.477 line – wouldn’t it be nice to have a guy who has a crappy year, and still has those kind of numbers?

marisa miller cubsSeries She-View

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.

kourtney kardashian toplessI 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. Again.

You’re welcome.

For the Florida Marlins, I mean, Florida doesn’t have hot women, does it?

Ok, so there are like a million.

I reached in a hat, and pulled out a Kardashian. The Kardashian sisters – well, two of them, anyway – are hot and are frequent Miami visitors, if not full-time residents. Kim gets most of the pub, but it turns out that her sister Kourtney is pretty damn good looking as well. And she just had a kid!

So what the hey, we’ll go with Kourtney Kardashian as the Marlins’ rep for this series. She’s got a show that involves her “taking Miami,” or so I’m told, so the fit is even more perfect. We’ll go with a hey-are-they-wearing-the-same-dress matchup.

kourtney kardashian hot


marisa miller pretty

  • Jeff

    I live in Miami and will be at all three games this weekend. It’s my only chance to see them this year and I will be with a large Cub fan contingent sitting on the first base foul line, so look out for us. I love Marlins fans for not supporting their team and giving me an opportunity to see the Cubs this year. If it’s the same as last year, the Cub fans will outnumber the Fish fans.

  • Dandy Don

    The Cub fans keep talking about obtaining Adam for 2011. They already havea multi million dollar payroll and he will hit 30 home runs and bat about 275. Nady is playing a damm good first base and his elbow is healed and he will go to another club next year and hit 25 home runs and bat 280 at least. They have a first baseman now. No wonder the Cubs are losers each year.They have a Yankee payroll and finish 20 games out. It’s pitching that destroyed the Cubs this year and a manager that had no set team and played different players each day. The new manager has set his team and he is handling the pitchers much better. Now they will replace Quade and pay some manager a fortune and forget the pitching. Connie Mack said years ago that Pitching is 80% of the game.

    • Ace

      You’re ready to commit to Nady as the first baseman next year? Yes, he COULD be acceptable, but that’s a bit of a risk, no?

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