The Chicago Cubs limp toward the conclusion of their dramatically unsuccessful homestand with a three-game set against the San Francisco Giants. Even a series win would do little to salvage what was a pretty bad stretch of baseball.
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 dropped a series to the Cardinals on the heels of dropping a series to the Reds. Both series were winnable, and both series were critical if the Cubs hope to actually compete in the NL Central. As it stands, they’re four games under .500, and five games out.
Just the Cubs’ luck, the San Francisco Giants are on freaking fire. They’ve won six in a row – sweeping the D-backs and Rockies (see how you’re supposed to handle your own division?) – and eight of nine to take a one-game lead in the NL West. Jealous.
Game Times and Broadcasts
- Friday, May 13 at 1:20 CT on CSN.
- Saturday, May 14 at 6:10 CT on FOX.
- Sunday, May 15 at 1:20 CT on WGN.
Expected Starters and Lineups
These lineups are likely to be pretty close to what actually gets fielded.
Starters: Ryan Dempster (1-4, 7.20), Doug Davis (0-0, -.–), Carlos Zambrano (4-1, 4.35)
- Fukudome, RF (except against lefties)
- Castro, SS (or Barney)
- Byrd, CF
- Ramirez, 3B
- Pena, 1B
- Soriano, LF
- Barney, 2B
- Hill/Castillo, C
Starters: Madison Bumgarner (0-5, 4.21), Ryan Vogelsong (2-0, 3.05), Tim Lincecum (3-3, 2.11)
- Andres Torres, CF
- Freddy Sanchez, 2B
- Aubrey Huff, 1B
- Buster Posey, C
- Cody Ross, RF
- Aaron Rowand, LF
- Miguel Tejada, SS
- Mark DeRosa, 3B
Hot or Not and Whom to Watch
I don’t much feel like singing the virtues of any particular Cubs this series. They displease me. The guy to watch, though, obviously, is Doug Davis in his first start.
The Cubs are still brutal as a team with runners in scoring position (.227). That’s decidedly “not.”
The Cubs are also brutal as a team on the mound (4.68 ERA – 28th in baseball). That’s decidedly “not.”
Madison Bumgarner has been pretty darn good over his last three starts – just two earned runs and 19 Ks – but doesn’t have a win to show for it. And Tim Lincecum is, sigh, Tim Lincecum. But someone really, really needs to tell him about his hair.
Offensively, the Giants don’t have much to tout. Their leading home run hitter, Pat Burrell, is a guy who rarely starts. And he’s got just five homers (of course, as a team, they’re tied with the Cubs in homers, so what does that tell you about the pathetic power production of the Cubs?).
And while I hope the Cubs don’t see closer Brian Wilson this series – 12 of 13 in save opportunities – it would be nice to see a comebacker take the ridiculous beard right off his face.
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 or something like that.
The Chicago Cubs were represented in the Series She-View by Sofia Vergara, but, after a frustrating series loss to the Reds, I went in a very different direction. I went with a burrito. Then the Cubs lost a series to the Cardinals. Back to the traditional route.
How about this. Although she has no connection to Chicago that I can discern, on TV, she plays a nurse in the fictional Indiana town of Pawnee, which I can only assume is close to Chicago. The Cubs’ rep: the beautiful Rashida Jones. I really hope the Cubs win this series…
As for the Giants, since they’re all about no offense, we’ll give them a woman who is, at times, offensive: Sarah Silverman.