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Say what you will about the Chicago Cubs in the 2011 season, but seeing them play at Fenway is going to be something pretty damn special. It’s the first time the Cubs have played there since they lost the 1918 World Series there. Enjoy it. I will.

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

Hey, hey, the Cubs have won two in a row! They’re still down in the NL Central dumps, 5.5 games behind the Cardinals. But it’s a start, folks. It’s a start.

After a terrible start to the year, the Red Sox have pulled to within 1.5 games in the AL East, and are three games over .500. Six wins in a row will help do that.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Friday, May 20 at 6:10 CT on WGN, MLBN.
  • Saturday, May 21 at 6:10 CT on FOX.
  • Sunday, May 22 at 7:05 CT on ESPN.

Expected Starters and Lineups

These lineups should be pretty close to the real deal.

Cubs

Starters: Doug Davis (0-1, 1.80), Carlos Zambrano (4-2, 4.89), Matt Garza (2-4, 3.72)

Lineup:

  1. Fukudome, RF
  2. Barney, 2B
  3. Castro, SS
  4. Ramirez, 3B
  5. Pena, 1B
  6. Byrd, CF
  7. Soriano, LF (more Reed Johnson?)
  8. Hill, C
  9. DH? Where? Who? – I think we’ll see Johnson or Baker in there, and maybe even Campana (in the OF, with the displaced OFer (Soriano) DHing)

Red Sox

Starters: Jon Lester (5-1, 3.28), Alfredo Aceves (1-0, 2.60), Tim Wakefield, (0-1, 5.40)

Lineups:

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
  5. David Ortiz, DH
  6. Jed Lowrie, SS
  7. Mike Cameron, RF (JD Drew will play, too)
  8. Carl Crawford, LF
  9. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

It’s the Cubs at the Red Sox. Watch them all. Seriously – can you imagine the pageantry? It’s going to be really special. They’re even going to wear throwback uniforms on Saturday. I know, I’m acting like a school girl. But I can’t help it – I really get into this shit.

Carlos Marmol has been burning hot on the road – he hasn’t given up a run in his last 22.2 innings on the road.

How stoked must Tony Campana be that he got called up this week?

Marlon Byrd, as you know, is heating up. His May line: .355/.394/.532 with three homers. Still just six RBI in the month, but hey, he’s getting there. He started to heat up just about the time he was permanently dropped in the lineup. Just sayin’.

The Red Sox, both as a team, and as individual players, are a tale of two months. They all started out in total shit mode. Then they’ve gone to total ape-shit mode. Adrian Gonzalez, after a brutal start, is now the team’s leader in the Triple Crown categories.

The turnaround exception is big money free agent Carl Crawford, who’s hitting just .212/.249/.285. Yes, you read that right: he’s being outhit by Koyie Hill.

Series She-View

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.

lea michelle dianna agron red soxAt present, the Cubs are represented by the beautiful January Jones. And, given the team’s sweep of the Marlins, coupled with her insane hotness, she stays. Also, January remains about the last time I felt good about the team, so it makes sense. (Also, she has so many excellent photos out there that I’m thinking she sticks around, even if the Cubs lose like 10 in a row.)

For the Marlins, we pulled some reverse mojo-joo-joo, and gave them two women as reps. So, I think we have to do that again for the Red Sox. They get ‘Glee’ stars Lea Michele and Dianna Agron, who apparently like the Red Sox. I’ve never seen the show, but damn, maybe I should start watching. I will have to choose a particularly good picture of Ms. Jones to keep up.

january jones boobs

Versus

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  • Andrew

    Interesting… Do you have a scoop on the Sox changing leagues? Did another team head to the AL to make room for the Red Sox in the NL East?

    Just kidding, Ace. Gotta give you a hard time on that typo, though. Hopefully we’ll see the Cubs steal a couple of games this weekend…

    • Ace

      The Yankees insisted that the Nationals head over.

      Smartass. :)

  • Dave

    The Cubs got incredibly lucky with the pitching matchups, a sweep doesn’t seem impossible here if the Cubs can get to Lester, but I’d be happy with 3 good games between the Cubs and Red Sox at Fenway, all 3 nationally televised.

  • Jeff

    All 3 games on national tv is excellent news for out of state Cubs fans like me. It’s kind of ridiculous to think that the Cubs haven’t played in Fenway in so long. Playing in a series like this coming off sweeping Florida could give the team a huge confidence boost moving forward if they play well. Of course, I could totally see them going out and giving up 8+ runs a game to that offense and getting blown out of contention.

  • Caleb

    Hey Ace! Guess what? I’m currently in the car with my two crazy cub friends on our way to Boston! Yes, all the way from Iowa. Were going to the game Saturday and probably getting beat up immediately after. Worth it though. Email if you have any picture requests or anything- were definitely three wild and crazy guys. Go cubs

    • Ace

      Dude. Jealous. If you get any good pictures, I’d love to see/maybe post them. Enjoy.

    • Bric

      Way to represent, bro. Do us proud, but do me a favor and don’t talk shit about their stadium like poser fans from other teams (Brewers, Reds) talk about ours. It’s an icon of the game and should be treated with respect regardless of how cushy the chairs are or how many bathrooms they have. The true Sox fans are as tight as the Cubs’ fans (same as the Dodgers, Yankees, Indians, Tigers and Cards – even the other Sox). Most teams can’t say that. Have fun and go Cubs!

  • Dan0mite

    Can someone explain why Soriano is playing left instead of DHing? His defense is terrible and he is too slow to play balls off of that wall.

    • Ace

      No idea. Seems pretty stupid.

    • Zach

      I dont understand what Quade’s reasoning is to start Soriano. Soriano can not play defense in a regular field so why would he expect Soriano to do any better with in Fenway. I just don’t see why Quade does stuff like this. The cubs were lucky when they got rained out that one game because DeWitt would have been playing in the outfield.

  • Caleb

    Good call bric- were definitely a step ahead on that. Hitting up Fenway is the main goal- it’s second only to wrigley! We respect sox fans, but we reserve the right to sleep with their sisters. We’ll also be the ones throwing hotdogs at jd drew from the right field bleachers. Winning!

  • Michigan Goat

    Buckner is horrible doing color… Stuttering, monotone, Len is doing his best to carry him. And this is a great game so far, but his announcing is horrible

    • Ace

      It’s really painful.

      • Michigan Goat

        I switched to MLB broadcast… The game is bad enough right I don’t need his “sandpaper” pissing me off further… Who was the genius that came up with this gem, Hendry I’m guessing

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