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.
Starters: Doug Davis (0-1, 1.80), Carlos Zambrano (4-2, 4.89), Matt Garza (2-4, 3.72)
- Fukudome, RF
- Barney, 2B
- Castro, SS
- Ramirez, 3B
- Pena, 1B
- Byrd, CF
- Soriano, LF (more Reed Johnson?)
- Hill, C
- 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)
Starters: Jon Lester (5-1, 3.28), Alfredo Aceves (1-0, 2.60), Tim Wakefield, (0-1, 5.40)
- Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
- Dustin Pedroia, 2B
- Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
- Kevin Youkilis, 3B
- David Ortiz, DH
- Jed Lowrie, SS
- Mike Cameron, RF (JD Drew will play, too)
- Carl Crawford, LF
- 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.
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.
At 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.