The Chicago Cubs continue their West Division swing by heading back home to host the San Diego Padres. Hopefully home is kinder than was Coors Field, where the Cubs dropped two of three.
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 dropped two of three to the top dog Rockies after taking two of three from the low dog Astros. They’re a game under .500, which sucks, but when considering how abysmal the pitching and half of the lineup have been, it’s kind of encouraging.
The Padres just split a four-game set with the Astros, which is like getting swept in four games by a good team. They, like the Cubs, stand at 7-8 on the season.
Game Times and Broadcasts
- Monday, April 18 at 7:05 CT on WCIU.
- Tuesday, April 19 at 7:05 CT on CSN+.
- Wednesday, April 20 at 1:20 CT on CSN.
Expected Starters and Lineups
These lineups should be pretty close to reality.
Starters: Carlos Zambrano (2-0, 6.11), James Russell (1-1, 7.20), Matt Garza (0-2, 6.27)
- Castro, SS
- Barney, 2B
- Byrd, CF (sigh)
- Ramirez, 3B
- Pena, 1B
- Soriano, LF
- Fukudome, RF
- Soto, C
Starters: Tim Stauffer (0-1, 4.80), Dustin Moseley (0-3, 1.83), Aaron Harrang (3-0, 1.50)
- Eric Patterson, LF (Ryan Ludwick will also play)
- Will Venable, RF (also Chris Denorfia)
- Orlando Hudson, 2B
- Chase Headley, 3B
- Brad Hawpe, 1B (also Jorge Cantu)
- Cameron Maybin, CF
- Alberto Gonzalez, SS (also Jason Bartlett – sense a theme?)
- Nick Hundley, C
Hot or Not and Whom to Watch
Once again, Starlin Castro is on fire. It’s almost hard to put into words how flaming he is.
Also flaming? Castro’s buddy at the top of the order and in the middle infield, Darwin Barney. Utterly flaming. Wait. I think you may be misunderstanding me. Castro and Barney are flaming on the baseball field. That’s all. They’re hot. At baseball. Together.
Not flaming? Marlon Byrd. But you know that story – he’s got just one hit in his last 20 at bats, and he has a whopping four RBI on the season despite hitting third all year and batting behind the top 1-2 OBP duo in the league.
Matt Garza and Carlos Zambrano get another chance to show why they are considered “good pitchers.” James Russell gets another chance to show why Mike Quade is “kind of crazy.”
For the Padres, catcher Nick Hundley is hitting .348 and has an OPS over 1.000. A career .720 OPS man, Hundley is flirting with the law of averages and small sample sizes. Chase Headley and Orlando Hudson have also been solid offensively for the Padres.
Aaron Harang, whom the Cubs briefly discussed this Winter, has been brilliant for the Padres so far this year, though two of his three wins came at spacious Petco Park, and the other came against the Astros. Dustin Moseley has also been brilliant – allowing just 4 earned runs in 19.2 innings of work – but has an 0-3 record to show for it. Hooray W/L record as a totally meaningful stat!
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.
The Chicago Cubs are currently represented in the Series She-View by model, mathematics expert, and humanitarian, Brooklyn Decker. You’re welcome. Her tenure, however, is becoming fragile after another series loss. Which is hard to admit, because she’s so damn hot.
Representing the Padres this week is beautiful actress Mila Kunis. The reason? Eh, she represented them once last year, and I certainly didn’t complain. Also, her dress in the picture below looks like those weird camo uniforms the Padres used to wear from time to time. Do they still wear those?