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The Chicago Cubs head to Cincinnati for a three-game series after a disastrous trip to St. Louis. But I’m not going to say “at least it can’t get any worse,” because, well…

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 have lost six in a row and stand a season-low 11 games under .500. The number of games they’re out of first in the Central now seems less relevant than the number of games they’re ahead of the Astros for last place (1.5).

The Reds have lost five straight series to drop to an even .500 on the year. The last time they won a series? You guessed it – the humiliating (for the Cubs) two-game set against the Cubs last month. They’ve fallen 5.5 off the pace, and are just a game ahead of the Pirates in the Central.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Monday, June 6 at 6:10 CT on WCIU.
  • Tuesday, June 7 at 6:10 CT on CSN.
  • Wednesday, June 8 at 11:35 CT on CSN and MLBN.

Expected Starters and Lineups

These lineups are likely to be pretty close to what actually gets fielded.

Cubs

Starters: Matt Garza (2-4, 3.72), Doug Davis (0-4, 5.95), Ryan Dempster (4-5, 6.32)

Lineup:

  1. Fukudome, RF
  2. Barney, 2B
  3. Castro, SS
  4. Ramirez, 3B
  5. Pena, 1B
  6. Soto, C
  7. Colvin/Montanez/Snyder, LF
  8. Campana/Colvin/Snyder, CF
  9. Pitcher

Reds

Starters: Mike Leake (4-2, 5.03), Edinson Volquez (probably) (3-2, 6.35), Bronson Arroyo (4-5, 5.37)

Lineup:

  1. Drew Stubbs, CF
  2. Brandon Phillips, 2B
  3. Joey Votto, 1B
  4. Scott Rolen, 3B
  5. Jay Bruce, RF
  6. Jonny Gomes, LF
  7. Ramon Hernandez, C
  8. Paul Janish, SS
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

Matt Garza finally returns from his elbow bone bruise – remember, the one that wasn’t even supposed to lead to a missed start, let alone a two-week stint on the disabled list? – and he returns about two series too late.

Until his two-hit performance yesterday, Darwin Barney had been verrrry cold. He still plays great defense, at least.

Starlin Castro has also gone terribly cold, dropping his season line to a kind-of-not-very-good .306/.329/.413.

The Cubs face “The Thief,” Mike Leake, today, who has a 3.00 ERA since being called back up from the minors in late May.

Jay Bruce went off in May, putting up a .342/.402/.739 line with 12 homers and 33 RBI. Pair him with Joey Votto, who continues to rake, and that’s a really brutal pair of hitters to face. Must be nice.

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.

Ok, so Mila Kunis did not get the job done for the Cubs (which sucks). But I am undeterred, and will stick with the random hot chick selection.

You know who’s really good looking? Emma Watson. I know what you’re thinking, but it’s not creepy – she’s 21 now. Just because you picture her as a kid wielding a wand doesn’t mean she’s not a full-on attractive woman now. Also, the final Harry Potter flick is coming out sometime soon. So she gets the job.

As for the Reds, we’ll go with a redhead – and, what do you know, it’s another Emma. Emma Stone, that is.

Versus

  • Tanner

    Reds take 2 of 3.

  • Keith

    We could definitely use a little magic ….

    • Ace

      Ha. Ding.

  • Jeff

    We get Garza coming back and for the time being anyway, the kids are getting a good amount of playing time. It’s hard to look for positives, but I still enjoy watching Barney and Castro play every day, and Garza and Zambrano are both fun to watch pitch, so there’s my positive outlook on things, Go Cubs.

  • willis

    I’ll definitely tune in tonight to see Garza back on the hill.

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