Series Preview: Pirates v. Cubs, May 27 – May 29, 2011

And so begins the middle part of the Cubs’ most-winnable nine-game stretch since, well, the last time they played the Pirates.

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

Hooray, the Cubs won a series! Taking two of three from the Mets marked the first time the Cubs won a three-game series since the first week of the month. The Cubs remain four games under .500 and 6.5 out in the Central.

…tied with the Pirates, who share the Cubs’ 22-26 record. The Pirates have lost three in a row after winning four in a row after losing six in a row after winning three in a row. If my logic games extrapolation powers are working, the Cubs are going to sweep this series because the Pirates are in the middle of an eight game losing streak (bonus quiz: how did I get there?).

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Friday, May 27 at 1:20 CT on WGN.
  • Saturday, May 28 at 12:05 CT on CSN.
  • Sunday, May 29 at 1:20 CT on WGN.

Expected Starters and Lineups

These lineups should be pretty close to the real deal.

Cubs

Starters: Doug Davis (0-2, 8.31), Randy Wells (1-0, 1.50), Ryan Dempster (3-4, 6.29)

Lineup:

  1. Fukudome, RF
  2. Barney, 2B
  3. Castro, SS
  4. Ramirez, 3B
  5. Pena, 1B
  6. Soriano, LF
  7. Johnson, CF
  8. Soto/Hill, C
  9. Pitcher

Pirates

Starters: Kevin Correia (6-4, 3.84), Paul Maholm (1-7, 3.65), Jeff Karstens (3-3, 3.57)

Lineups:

  1. Steve Pearce, 3B
  2. Jose Tabata, LF
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Neil Walker, 2B
  5. Lyle Overbay, 1B
  6. Garrett Jones, RF
  7. Chris Snyder/Ryan Doumit, C
  8. Ronny Cedeno, SS
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

Lots of new and returning faces in this series: Randy Wells makes his first start since his first start of the season, Geovany Soto is expected to return on Saturday after a little over two weeks on the DL, and Rodrigo Lopez will almost certainly make his Cubs debut.

His homer yesterday notwithstanding, Kosuke Fukudome is back to his old ways: he’s hitting just .220 in May.

Starlin Castro is 7 for his last 17 with two doubles and a triple. He’s heating up again.

Still waiting for Doug Davis to have a really good start. We might be waiting a while.

Pirates star Andrew McCutchen hasn’t had a hit in his last nine at bats. There’s a theme there: Neil Walker’s .263 average leads the team.

The success, such as it is, that the Pirates have experienced this year has been on the backs of their pitchers. The Cubs will see three good ones in this series, but they’ll miss sudden Pirate ace, Charlie Morton.

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 have some connection to the team or something like that.

At present, the Cubs are represented by the beautiful January Jones. And because the Cubs finally won a series, she ain’t goin’ nowhere. Which is awesome, because she’s crazy hot (even if she is apparently pregnant with some married dude’s baby).

Also, I’m currently watching ‘Mad Men’ through Netflix, so I’ve got her on the brain.

For the Pirates, I feel compelled to go with two women again, given the Cubs’ relative success since going with that strategy. It’s becoming quite difficult to come up with two women that make sense for each team, but fortunately a recent Disney flick throws me a bone with respect to the Pirates. No, it’s not a kid’s movie.

It’s them Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Keira Knightley was in a couple of them and Penelope Cruz is in the most recent one. They’re both hot, so, boom, there you go.

keira knightley and penelope cruz

Versus

january jones boobs

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

5 responses to “Series Preview: Pirates v. Cubs, May 27 – May 29, 2011”

  1. Caleb

    Gonna be a great series! I remember a few short years ago when we beat up on the Pirates like they were some mildly-disabled little brother. What happened? They’ve been beating us and I don’t like it one bit.

    Time to sweep these punks with great vengeance and furious anger!

  2. Spencer

    I don’t really know what to expect from this series. Last year the Pirates whipped us around, so hopefully we can get them back some. Davis and Wells could be hit or miss in their starts, but at least Dempster appears to be getting back on track. Hopefully we can put together another series win, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we dropped 2.

  3. WOW

    time to say bye to Aramis Ramirez

  4. WOW

    BUT he doesn’t care since he is getting all of his money. He doesn’t even care. Pop up with bases loaded, GREAT number 4 hitter.

  5. Raymond Robert Koenig

    Kevin Correia. Career ERA, 4.51.