After a rain-abbreviated (thank you!) two-game series against the Rockies, the Chicago Cubs head out West to play four in Arizona. The Diamondbacks are probably not a very good team, and the Cubs managed to take two out of three the last time these teams met.
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 finally fell out of their .500 rhythm, losing back-t0-back games to the Rockies after losing a weekend series to the Dodgers. I’m still not going to comment on the standings (May is as early as I’ll do that), but the Cubs could stand to actually win a couple series in a row one of these days. It’s tough to win four-game series, but the games don’t get any easier after this one.
The Diamondbacks, like the Cubs, stand at 10-13, but are coming off a series win. Against the Phillies. Before that, they were swept by the Mets. But before that they won a series against the Reds. The lesson? The Diamondbacks win series against good teams. So, whatever the outcome in this one, we can be happy!
Game Times and Broadcasts
- Thursday, April 4 at 8:40 CT on WGN
- Friday, April 5 at 8:40 CT on CSN+
- Saturday, April 6 at 7:10 CT on CSN
- Sunday, May 1 at 3:10 CT on WGN
Expected Starters and Lineups
Starters: Ryan Dempster (1-2, 7.63), Carlos Zambrano (2-1, 5.28), Matt Garza (0-3, 4.11), Casey Coleman (1-1, 7.43)
Lineup (some guessing given Quade’s equivocation):
- Fukudome, RF
- Barney, 2B
- Castro, SS
- Ramirez, 3B
- Pena, 1B (Baker?)
- Byrd, CF
- Soriano, LF
- Soto, C
Starters: Barry Enright, (0-2, 6.65), Armando Galarrga, (3-1, 6.00), Ian Kennedy (3-1, 4.02), Daniel Hudson (1-4, 5.64)
- Chris Young, CF
- Kelly Johnson, 2B
- Justin Upton, RF
- Stephen Drew, SS
- Miguel Montero, C
- Ryan Roberts, 3B
- Xavier Nady, 1B (Juan Miranda)
- Gerardo Parra, LF
Hot or Not and Whom to Watch
Jeff Baker is probably the hottest Cub, and hopefully Mike Quade will find ways to get his bat into the lineup in this series.
Matt Garza has given up just one earned run in his last 12 innings, but he’s still looking for his first win on the year. Of course, Garza said in Spring he doesn’t know how to pitch successfully in Arizona, so I guess we’ll see what happens.
Jeff Samardzija is working on a nine inning scoreless streak, which, like, whoa.
Not so hot? You already know: Ryan Dempster has been brutal this year. Perhaps we can all just plan that he’ll be solid for about four and a half innings, and then fall apart.
Stephen Drew has been hot ever since being activated from the disabled list a few weeks ago. He’s got a .319/.390/.522 line on the year. When the Cubs last faced the D-backs, Willie Bloomquist was manning short, though he, too, was scorching hot at the time.
Barry Enright is the Diamondbacks’ James Russell – opposing batters are hitting .340 against him.
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.
Until recently, the Cubs had been represented by Brooklyn Decker. While Ms. Decker is undoubtedly insanely hot, the Cubs floundered under her watch. So the reign of Brooklyn the Terrible is over. Rejoice (yeah right). So now we’re going with a reader suggestion: ‘Modern Family’ star, and voluptuous hotty Sofia Vergara. Reader Caleb’s reasons why:
1. If you convert the letters of her name into numbers using the ancient Mayan mathematical codex, then add them up, you get 19082011. Weird, right?
2. She and Steve Bartman share the same number of letters in their name. Bad luck? Cancelled.
3. She eats black cats for breakfast (it’s customary in Columbia).
4. She stars with Al Bundy, who starred in the show “Married With Children” which was set in Chicago, with many scenes actually being filmed *at* Wrigley. (no I don’t fact check)
5. Mike Quade probably thinks she’s hot, meaning he’ll read this site more often, meaning we have a greater chance of influencing his managing decisions.
Good enough for me. As for the Diamondbacks, last time they got Brooklyn Decker, which didn’t go well thereafter for the Cubs. So this time, how about another model. Miranda Kerr should do the trick.