The Chicago Cubs’ consistently .500 streak is intact, but will be seriously threatened in this series. To maintain the streak, the Cubs have had to alternate series wins and series losses, but, having just lost to the Dodgers, the Cubs would have to beat the Rockies to keep the thing alive. And, as you’ll see in the preview, that’s going to be a tall task.
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
As noted, the Cubs have alternated series wins and series losses so far this year, and they come into this one 10-11. The Dodgers series, however, was a low point for the Cubs. The one game they took was a miracle comeback (in a game they’d blown), and they were blown out in the other two games. Not good.
The Rockies continue to be, like, good. They dropped back-to-back series after playing the Cubs last week (note that I did not say that they dropped a series to the Cubs), but remain three games up in the NL West with the second best record in the National League.
Game Times and Broadcasts
- Monday, April 25 at 7:05 CT on CSN
- Tuesday, April 26 at 7:05 CT on WGN
- Wednesday, April 27 at 1:20 CT on CSN
Expected Starters and Lineups
These lineups should be pretty close to the real deal.
Starters: Matt Garza (0-2, 4.74), James Russell (1-2, 8.00), Casey Coleman (1-1, 7.43)
- Castro, SS (I’m guessing he’s back here; though Fuk’s OBP is over .500, so…)
- Barney, 2B
- Byrd, CF (again, guessing)
- Ramirez, 3B
- Pena, 1B
- Soriano, LF
- Fukudome, RF
- Soto, C
Starters: Esmil Rogers, (2-1, 6.75), Jorge De La Rosa (3-0, 3.00), Jhoulys Chacin (3-1, 2.67)
- Dexter Fowler, CF
- Jonathan Herrera, 2B
- Carlos Gonzalez, LF
- Troy Tulowitzki, SS
- Todd Helton, 1B
- Seth Smith, RF
- Jose Lopez, 3B
- Chris Iannetta, C
Hot or Not and Whom to Watch
Once again, it’s all about the pitching. The Rockies have it; the Cubs don’t. Indeed, the Cubs have decided that trying to win Tuesday’s game would be futile, so they’re going with James Russell for the third time. Have I mentioned that he was previously dominated by the Astros (terrible) and the Padres (terrible)? And that righties are hitting over .400 against him? He draws Jorge De La Rosa, who’s been great.
Wednesday’s game doesn’t look much brighter with suddenly awful Casey Coleman going against the horribly-named, but excellently-performing Jhoulys Chacin. If the Cubs don’t win on Monday, a sweep looks incredibly likely.
Marlon Byrd and Carlos Pena are stuck on five RBI. Geovany Soto has just four. On the bright side, Kosuke Fukudome is being his usual April self with a .415/.529/.439 line.
You know who else has been hot? I know, I know, bite my tongue: Jeff Samardzija has strung together four consecutive scoreless appearances. Yes, he hasn’t always been pretty (especially when he looks like a pirate), but he’s gotten the job done.
For the Rockies, Troy Tulowitzki is still all-universe, and Carlos Gonzalez is still struggling mightily. Dexter Fowler and Jonathan Herrera have been a better 1-2 punch – if that’s possible – than Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney have been for 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, however, is at a cross-roads. Yes, the Cubs have been .500 under her watch, but, if they lose this series to the Rockies, they’ll fall below that mark for the first time this year. Such a failing will not stand. Yes, I know it’s a lot to ask of Brooklyn to bring the Cubs a series win in these kind of circumstances – but she brings a lot to the table.
This is it, Brooklyn. Win or go home. With me. For a slumber party.
Going once again for the Rockies this series is ‘Mad Men’ star and all-around beautiful woman, Christina Hendricks. I’ll leave it to you to figure out why she’s representing the Rockies.