The 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):
- DeWitt, 2B
- Castro, SS
- Byrd, CF
- Ramirez, 3B
- Nady, 1B (could be Soto here)
- Colvin, RF (or Fukudome, who would bat at the top)
- Soriano, LF
- Soto/Hill, C (though Soto’s finally been batting higher)
Starters: Alex Sanabia, (4-2, 3.95), Anibal Sanchez (12-9, 3.35), Andrew Miller (1-2, 6.75)
- Emilio Bonifacio, CF
- Logan Morrison, LF
- Hanley Ramirez, SS
- Dan Uggla, 2B
- Gabby Sanchez, 1B
- Mike Stanton, RF
- Wes Helms/Chad Tracy, 3B
- Brad Davis, C
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?
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. Again.
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.