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 Cubs just split a couple against the Giants, and, thanks to the rain, avoided facing Tim Lincecum in the rubber game of the series. The team has been floundering over the last few weeks, and they stand four games under .500, and five games out in the NL Central. That’s the definition of “could be worse.”
As for the Reds, they just swept their way in the Central lead, taking three against the Cardinals. They’ve lost just three times in May, and haven’t lost a series.
Game Times and Broadcasts
- Monday, May 16 at 6:10 CT on WCIU.
- Tuesday, May 17 at 6:10 CT on CSN.
Expected Starters and Lineups
These lineups are likely to be pretty close to what actually gets fielded.
Starters: Carlos Zambrano (4-1, 4.35), Matt Garza (2-4, 4.17)
- Fukudome, RF
- Barney, 2B
- Castro, SS
- Ramirez, 3B
- Pena, 1B
- Byrd, CF
- Soriano, LF
- Hill, C
Starters: Homer Bailey (2-0, 0.69), Edinson Volquez (3-1, 5.74)
- Drew Stubbs, CF
- Chris Heisey, LF (or Fred Lewis or Jonny Gomes)
- Joey Votto, 1B
- Brandon Phillips, 2B
- Jay Bruce, RF
- Scott Rolen, 3B
- Ramon Hernandez, C
- Edgar Renteria, SS (or Paul Janish)
Hot or Not and Whom to Watch
Starlin Castro is back-ish. He’s hitting .600 over his last five games, and that’s despite being slotted all over the lineup. Also hot? Marlon Byrd, who’s riding a career best (tied) 15-game hitting streak.
Carlos Zambrano has torn it up at Great American ballpark in his last five starts there – his ERA is a minuscule 0.75.
Brandon Phillips has a six-game hitting streak in which he’s hitting .417. He also always gives the Cardinals shit, so… I kind of like him.
Homer Bailey has a couple starts under his belt this year, both of them dominant. The catch? Both starts were against the Astros. The double catch? The Cubs’ offense is barely better than the Astros.
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.
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. Thus, the Cubs’ rep: the beautiful Rashida Jones. The Cubs split with the Giants under her watch, so that’s enough to earn another two-game series.
As for the Reds, we’ll keep doing the redhead thing. Ronald McDonald it is. Ok, fine, how about more Isla Fisher?