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It’s Series Preview time again, as the Chicago Cubs head off to friendly Miller Park to take on the Brewers. The Cubs have owned this series over the past few years, but confidence is our enemy, friends.

The Series Preview hooks you up with what you need to know about every series this year – streaks, broadcast information, pitchers, lineups, 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 and Brewers have had similar starts to the 2011 season. They each had it handed to them in their first series of the year against an NL Central opponent before recovering thanks to an out-of-division foe. The difference, of course, is that the Cubs were facing the woeful Pirates and Diamondbacks, while the Brewers were facing the probably-very-good Reds and Braves.

But, hey, the Cubs are a half game up on the Brewers, so clearly, they reign victorious.

In truth, the 3-3 start for the Cubs is terribly disappointing given the opponents and the homestand. The Cubs were in all six games, and should have won two of the three they lost. These facts cut both ways: either the Cubs are better than a .500 team because they should have won five of their first six, or the Cubs are merely a .500 team because they didn’t win those five.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Friday, April 8 at 7:10 CT on CSN+.
  • Saturday, April 10 at 6:10 CT on CSN/MLBN.
  • Sunday, April 11 at 1:10 CT on WGN.

Expected Starters and Lineups

These lineups are likely to be close to the real lineup during the series.

Cubs

Starters: Carlos Zambrano (0-0, 4.50), Matt Garza (0-0, 3.86),  Casey Coleman (0-0, -.–)

Lineup:

  1. Fukudome, RF
  2. Castro, SS
  3. Byrd, CF
  4. Ramirez, 3B
  5. Pena, 1B
  6. Soriano, LF
  7. Soto, C
  8. Barney, 2B
  9. Pitcher

Brewers

Starters: Randy Wolf (0-1, 13.50), Chris Narveson (0-0, -.–), Yovani Gallardo (1-0, 1.20)

Lineups:

  1. Rickie Weeks, 2B
  2. Carlos Gomez, CF
  3. Ryan Braun, LF
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Casey McGehee, 3B
  6. Mark Kotsay, RF
  7. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
  8. Will Nieves, C
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

His name is Starlin Castro. His name is Starlin Castro. His name is Starlin Castro.

Matt Garza goes for the second time as a Cub and, presumably, will try not to allow 12 hits this time. He might still try to strike out 12, though.

And I’m not ragging on the guy – again, I love him as a leader, teammate, and useful player – but Marlon Byrd is not a 3-hole hitter. Yes, he’s hitting .308 on the season. But it’s the most unproductive .308 you’ll ever see: .308 is also his OBP, and he’s slugging just .346.

How about Alfonso Soriano, eh? He’s tied for the NL lead with 3 homers, and his OPS is over 1.000.

As for the Brewers, de facto ace Yovani Gallardo has started out the season on a hot streak (1.20 ERA and just 14 baserunners in 15 innings), and he’s the one Brewer pitcher who’s consistently had the Cubs’ number over the past few years. With Casey Coleman going on the other side of the bump, Sunday’s game looks like a tough one.

Also hot is space goon Ryan Braun, whose early season OPS stands at an even 1.300. Not so hot? The rest of the Brewers. Rickie Weeks’ numbers look good, but in reality, if he doesn’t hit a leadoff homer against you, you’re good. And as for possible Albert Pujols Sweepstakes Consolation Prize Prince Fielder, he’s once again struggling in the power department. He has just one extra base hit in 27 plate appearances.

Series She-View

So, as I’ve explained, we’re going to do something a little different with the Series She-View this year. It will still be one beautiful woman representing the Cubs taking on another (usually) beautiful woman representing the opponent, but the Cubs won’t have one set representative for the entire year. The Cubs’ representative will change as the team’s needs change – in other words, if the Cubs are winning, the rep will stay the same. But if the Cubs’ performance calls for a change, someone new will step in. The opponent’s representative will change from series to series, at my whim. But at least she’ll probably be wearing the opponent’s colors.

As you may know, Marisa Miller has represented the Cubs from time immemorial. And the Cubs won their last series, so there should be no reason for change.

But I’ve been thinking. The Cubs should have swept that series. The Diamondbacks are awful. Clearly, they had something more powerful than mere “baseball ability” on their side. I mean, did you see those Chris Young catches? Something – someone – pushed them beyond their normal ability.

The Diamondbacks had Brooklyn Decker.

And, because this feature is completely arbitrary and subject to my editorial control, now the Cubs have Brooklyn Decker. That’s right, the Chicago Cubs, for the immediate future, will be represented in the Series She-View by model, mathematics expert, and humanitarian, Brooklyn Decker. You’re welcome.

As for the Brewers, they get some chick holding beer.

Go Cubs.

Versus

brooklyn decker boobs

  • PFK

    That old Brewers logo is one of the worst ever designed. Speaking of designed…the women on here are very well designed and put together.

    • Ryne

      PFK you cant honestly think thats a bad logo. it may be the best logo for a baseball team of all time. i live i wisconsin and i hate the brewers with a passion but even i have to show respect for them to have such a unique and well designed logo.

      GO CUBS GO

      • Raymond Robert Koenig

        Agreed. I used to like to see the Brewers do well when they were in the A.L., but now it’s a different story. Their fans love that logo.

        • PFK

          Well excuuuuuuuuuse me.

          • BT

            Put me down for loving that logo. I won a Brewers batting helmet with that logo on it at the local carnival when I was a kid, and I LOVED that thing.

            • PFK

              OK. Everyone cast a vote for their favorite team logo. Me = Yankees or White Sox. Detroit isn’t bad either.

              • Ace

                I just want to add to the fire: I have always loved that old Brewers logo. Your opinion is wrong.

    • miggy80

      It’s a pretty sweet logo. I mean a “M” & “B” make a ball glove how awesome is that.

  • PFK

    I’ve been watching the Brewers on MLB.com the past couple of days and they are impressive. I think It will be an interesting battle between them and the Reds for the wining the Central.

  • Willis

    Need to take tonight and tomorrow because Sunday as Ace pointed out is a killer match up.

  • Hogan

    I watched Coleman pitch at Miller Park last year and he handled that lineup quite nicely (one run over six innings). We lost thanks to no offense (1-0), but he looked pretty good.

  • miggy80

    Dam my eyes went for the chick drinking out of the beer stein.

    • Ace

      That means the Brewers will win. Damn you!

      • Jeff

        Not tonight at least. Jeff Baker was the man.

  • http://calebshreves.blogspot.com Caleb

    I ate a sunday out of a small brewers hat (with logo of course) once. It tasted like shame. I think the glove is made not from a M and B, but a W and N. Wrigley North, of course.

    I predict a perfect game by Garza and 9 consecutive homers from the Cubs. 28-0 Cubs.

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