Well, the Red Sox series was far less enjoyable than I’d hoped. Sure, seeing the Cubs at Fenway was kind of cool, but the Garza/Byrd/Baker injury train was not. The series loss sucked, too. Onward home the Cubs go, finally hosting a beatable opponent, the New York Mets.
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 are pictures of beautiful women, too.
We’re Going Streaking
After winning two in a row in Miami, the Cubs dropped two of three in Boston, which, given the circumstances, was expected. They’re five games under .500, and a season-high seven back in the Central.
The Mets, for all their injury and financial troubles, are a few games better than the Cubs, and six and a half games out in the East. They’ve won seven of their last eleven.
Game Times and Broadcasts
- Tuesday, May 24 at 7:05 CT on WGN.
- Wednesday, May 25 at 7:05 CT on CSN.
- Thursday, May 26 at 1:20 CT on WGN.
Expected Starters and Lineups
These lineups should be pretty close to the real deal.
Starters: Ryan Dempster (2-4, 6.91), Casey Coleman (2-3, 6.03), Carlos Zambrano (4-2, 4.88)
- Fukudome, RF
- Barney, 2B
- Castro, SS
- Ramirez, 3B
- Pena, 1B
- Soriano, LF
- Johnson, CF
- Hill, C
Starters: Jon Niese (3-4, 4.39), Dillon Gee (3-0, 3.44), R.A. Dickey (2-5, 4.71)
- Jose Reyes, SS
- Daniel Murphy, 1B
- Carlos Beltran, CF
- Jason Bay, LF
- Fernando Martinez, RF
- Justin Turner, 2B
- Willie Harris, 3B
- Josh Thole, C
Hot or Not and Whom to Watch
Marlon Byrd has been really… oh. Well, Geovany Soto is finally turning… oh. Jeff Baker’s been crushing the… oh. At least Matt Garza can… oh.
Some of the worst starting pitcher offenders will feature in this series for the Cubs, as they try to put a dent in their league-worst 5.54 starter ERA. Casey Coleman has been one of those offenders – at least, he has every other start. And, given that his last start was a solid performance against the Marlins, I’m nervous for his Wednesday outing.
Will Mike Quade just start Tony Campana already? I won’t even pretend to understand why Blake DeWitt got a start in the outfield – the first of his career – before Campana. I want the legend of Campana to grow!
It’s probably unfair to complain about injuries when facing the Mets, who are without David Wright, Ike Davis, and Angel Pagan.
One guy who’s not injured anymore is Carlos Beltran. In the midst of a renaissance year, Beltran is hitting .280/.377/.533 with 22 extra base hits.
Oh, good, the Cubs face another knuckler. At least the last time the Cubs faced RA Dickey, they knocked him around silly – and that was in the midst of his good season last year. As for Niese and Gee, each is coming off a dominating performance against the Nationals.
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 have some connection to the team or something like that.
At present, the Cubs are represented by the beautiful January Jones. No, the Cubs didn’t win their last series. But, damnit, she’s hot. So she stays for at least one more series.
Also, I’m currently watching ‘Mad Men’ through Netflix, so I’ve got her on the brain.
For the Mets, I will stick with the two-women-reps thing, not only because it’s worked (Cubs are 3-2 in such situations), but because I was able to think of two women that make sense for the Mets.
Specifically, the Mets will be represented by Blake Lively and Leighton Meester from ‘Gossip Girl,’ which I’m told takes place in New York. I’m sure you’re not complaining about the two reps.
Tough match-up for the Cubs, I must say.