The hits just keep on coming – I warned you that the Cubs were on a brutal stretch of games, save that Diamondbacks series – as the team heads to Chavez Ravine to take on the Dodgers. No, the Dodgers aren’t world-beaters. But they aren’t pushovers, either.
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 split their four-game set in Phoenix, ending with yesterday’s groin-stomping loss. It’s May now, so looking at the standings is fair game. And the looking ain’t good – the Cubs are 12-15, 3.5 back of the Cardinals, and alone in fifth place in the Central. Yuck.
The Dodgers just lost a series to the Padres, and fell a game below .500. Proving that it could always be worse for the Cubs, despite being in second place in the NL West, the Dodgers are already four games behind the Rockies.
Game Times and Broadcasts
- Monday, May 2 at 9:10 CT on CSN.
- Tuesday, May 3 at 9:10 CT on WGN, MLBN.
- Wednesday, May 4 at 2:10 CT CSN.
Expected Starters and Lineups
These lineups should be pretty close to reality.
Starters: James Russell (1-3, 8.31), Ryan Dempster (1-3, 9.58), Carlos Zambrano (3-1, 4.91)
- Fukudome, RF
- Barney, 2B
- Castro, SS
- Ramirez, 3B
- Pena, 1B
- Byrd, CF
- Soriano, LF
- Soto, C
Starters: Clayton Kershaw (2-3, 3.52), Chad Billingsly (2-1, 4.46), Ted Lilly (2-2, 4.45)
- Jamie Carrol, SS
- Jerry Sands, LF
- Andre Ethier, RF
- Matt Kemp, CF
- Juan Uribe, 3B
- James Loney, 1B
- Rod Barajas, C
- Aaron Miles, 2B
Hot or Not and Whom to Watch
I want to talk about better things here. I want to talk about how Alfonso Soriano’s recent power surge has him on pace for 60 homers this year. I want to talk about how Carlos Zambrano might be ready to turn it on. I want to talk about how Darwin Barney and Starlin Castro are awesome. I want to talk about how the bullpen is actually pretty good.
But I can’t talk about any of those things.
Because all I can think about are Ryan Dempster and James Russell, each robbing the Cubs of any chance to win the first two games of this series.
As for the Dodgers, Andre Ethier is the guy you’ve heard about. He’s got a 27-game hitting streak, and is a near certainty to leave this series at an even 30. Did you know: a few years ago, Jim Hendry made two serious runs at acquire Ethier from the Dodgers, only to be rebuffed. At least Hendry was right about that one.
Matt Kemp leads the Dodgers in almost every other offensive category. Clayton Kershaw is the team’s ace, so it will be fun to see him (not). And Chad Billingsley, who was struggling to start the year, got off the schnide, of course, against the Cubs a week and a half ago.
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 Sofia Vergara, and she’ll keep her job after a series split with the Diamondbacks. As the Cubs rep, it was not an overly impressive series for Sofia, but as a human being, it was glorious.
Due to demands in the comments, this time around the Dodgers will be represented by an actual huge Dodger fan, Alyssa Milano. She’s hot, I suppose, but the Dodger gear turns a brother off.