Well, this should be a pretty hum-drum, boring series against a random team that is totally not in the news for reasons wholly unrelated to baseball. Except for the comatose Giants fan beat up by Dodger fans. And the whole team-seized-by-Major-League-Baseball thing. Yup. Pretty hum-drum.
By way of reminder, 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 Chicago Cubs are IN FIRST PLACE IN THE NL CENTRAL! I absolutely refuse to say anything else about the team at this time. (what’s that? other teams played yesterday and won? lalalalala I can’t hear you)
The Dodgers have won four out of their last five (despite the distractions), after losing six of seven. Like the Cubs, the Dodgers come into the series at .500.
Game Times and Broadcasts
- Friday, April 22 at 1:20 CT on WGN.
- Saturday, April 23 at 12:05 CT on CSN.
- Sunday, April 24 at 1:20 CT CSN, TBS.
Expected Starters and Lineups
These lineups should be pretty close to reality.
Starters: Casey Coleman (1-0, 4.22), Ryan Dempster (1-2, 6.84), Carlos Zambrano (2-0, 4.21)
- Fukudome, RF
- Barney, 2B
- Castro, SS
- Ramirez, 3B
- Pena, 1B
- Byrd, CF
- Soriano, LF
- Soto, C
Starters: Chad Billingsly (1-1, 4.91), Ted Lilly (1-2, 4.09), TBA
- Jamie Carrol, SS
- Casey Blake, 3B
- Andre Ethier, RF
- Matt Kemp, CF
- Juan Uribe, 2B
- James Loney, 1B
- Jerry Sands, LF
- Rod Barajas, C
Hot or Not and Whom to Watch
Most eyes will be on the pitching this series: can Casey Coleman turn in another solid start? Can Ryan Dempster finally turn in a good outing from beginning to end? Did Carlos Zambrano dominate last time out because he’s back or because he was facing the Padres?
Starlin Castro is still awesome, but he cooled a fair bit in the Padres series, managing just two hits in 13 at bats. Also cold? Tyler Colvin and Carlos Pena. Of course, their stretch of cool dates back to, oh, about April 1.
For the Dodgers, obviously the guy I want to see is Ted Lilly. Hopefully he gets a warm reception from the fans, and a brutal reception from the Cubs.
On the offensive side, the Dodgers begin and end with outfielders Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp. They sport OPS numbers in the stratosphere, and always seem to do well against the Cubs.
The Series She-View is one beautiful woman representing the Cubs taking on another (usually) beautiful woman representing the opponent. 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 was solidified slightly by the Padres series win, but more of this win/lose/win/lose/win/lose stuff may call for a change. Which is hard to admit, because she’s so damn hot.
The Dodgers will be represented by one of the approximately one million attractive celebrities in Los Angeles at any given moment, Katy Perry. She’s actually from Los Angeles (I think – who can be bothered to check facts when there are pictures to review?), so it makes even more sense. And she does the blue hair thing sometimes.
Who you got winning? Brooklyn? Katy? You? I choose you.