Series Preview: Cubs v. Astros, October 1 – October 3, 2010

Here we are. The conclusion of the 2010 Chicago Cubs season. The end of a season is always accompanied by some measure of sadness, if only because it means no more baseball for six months. Still, I can’t help but feel … relieved.

Time for the Series Preview:

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 beautiful women, too.

We’re Going Streaking

The Cubs enter this crucial final series just two games behind the Astros in the NL Central. It could all be decided this weekend!!!

…shrug. The Cubs will wrap up the season significantly under .500, despite a nice late-season stretch under interim manager Mike Quade. The Cubs just knocked the Padres around and have put them on the verge of elimination. It doesn’t quite make up for ’84, but it’s nice just the same.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Friday, October 1 at 7:05 CT on CSN.
  • Saturday, October 2 at 6:05 CT on WGN.
  • Sunday, October 3 at 1:05 CT on CSN.

Expected Starters and Lineups

These lineups should be pretty close to what actually gets thrown out there.

Cubs

Starters: Casey Coleman (3-2, 4.68), Carlos Zambrano (10-6, 3.36), Ryan Dempster (15-11, 3.83)

Lineup (it’s gonna change around):

  1. Fukudome, RF
  2. Castro, SS
  3. Byrd, CF
  4. Ramirez, 3B
  5. Nady, 1B
  6. Soriano, LF
  7. DeWitt, 2B
  8. Hill, C
  9. Pitcher

Astros

Starters: Bud Norris (9-9, 5.00), J.A. Happ (5-3, 3.00), Wandy Rodriguez (11-12, 3.65)

Lineups:

  1. Michael Bourn, CF
  2. Jeff Keppinger, 2B
  3. Hunter Pence, RF
  4. Carlos Lee, LF
  5. Geoff Blum, 3B
  6. Angel Sanchez, SS
  7. Brett Wallace, 1B
  8. Jason Castro, C
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

Carlos Zambrano will try to finish the season strong – he’s been all kinds of awesome for more than a month now.

Carlos Marmol will try to finish the season with the highest K/9 ratio in baseball history – he’s got Eric Gagne right now by more than a K.

Starlin Castro will try to finish his rookie season with a .300 batting average – his average has slipped to .298.

Casey Coleman will try to get his name in the discussion for a rotation spot in 2011 – he’s given up just 6 earned runs in his last 19 innings.

Ryan Dempster will try to win 16 games – for the first time in his career.

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. I thought long and hard about whether I should change things up this year, and offer a different representative for the Cubs this year, after a 2009 full of Marisa Miller. But then I realized Marisa Miller is still smoking hot.

carrie underwood sexySo, given the fact that she’s thrown out the first pitch, sung the Seventh Inning Stretch, probably likes the Cubs, and – like the Cubs – is still hot, just one year older, I’ve chosen to stick with supermodel Marisa Miller.

You’re welcome.

For the Astros, it’s a brutal decision. Everything is bigger in Texas, and apparently, the women are better looking. There are a number of beautiful women who hail from the Lone Star State, but we’re going to keep going with someone who is not actually, technically from Texas.

Texas is right next to Oklahoma, and Oklahoma doesn’t have its own professional baseball team. Does that mean that the beautiful women of Oklahoma should go unnoticed all season? I say nay! Actually, I just say that I wanted to see some pictures of Carrie Underwood.

The country diva hails from Checotah, Oklahoma, and Underwood makes a fine representative for the Houston Astros, and a fine final opponent in the Series She-View. And Marisa Miller; well, she bids us adieu.

carrie underwood boobs picture

Versus

marisa miller kiss

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.