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The Chicago Cubs limp home just that: limp. At least they get to face the hottest team in baseball!

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 went just 2-8 on their 10-game road trip – the middle part of the DOOM stretch – and have dropped 11 of 13. Seven straight against the Brewers and Yankees seems likely to extend those troubles.

The Brewers just swept their way to the top of the NL Central, busting the Cardinals’ chops. They’ve won 17 of their last 22, and are a full 10 games over .500. When their fans drink, it’s to celebrate. Must be nice.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Monday, June 13 at 7:05 CT on CSN.
  • Tuesday, June 14 at 7:05 CT on CSN.
  • Wednesday, June 15 at 7:05 CT on CSN.
  • Thursday, June 16 at 1:20 CT on WGN.

Expected Starters and Lineups

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

Cubs

Starters: Ryan Dempster (5-5, 5.96), Randy Wells (1-1, 6.50), Carlos Zambrano (5-3, 4.40), Matt Garza (2-6, 3.84)

Lineup:

  1. Fukudome, RF
  2. Barney, 2B
  3. Castro, SS
  4. Pena, 1B
  5. Ramirez, 3B
  6. DeWitt, LF (among others; Soriano due back)
  7. Campana, CF (among others; Johnson due back)
  8. Soto, C
  9. Pitcher

Brewers

Starters: Randy Wolf (4-4, 3.49), Yovani Gallardo (8-3, 3.96), Chris Narveson (3-4, 4.32), Zach Greinke (6-1, 4.69)

Lineup:

  1. Rickie Weeks, 2B
  2. Nyjer Morgan, CF
  3. Ryan Braun, LF
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Casey McGehee, 3B
  6. Corey Hart, RF
  7. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
  8. Jonathan Lucroy, C
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

The Cubs are likely to welcome back Jeff Baker, Reed Johnson and Alfonso Soriano in this series at various times. The cure!

Ryan Dempster has turned his season around a bit, going 4-2 with a 3.67 ERA in his last eight starts.

It’s time for some harsh reality (which I’ve been preaching since Day One): Darwin Barney does not have the bat of a starting-caliber second baseman on a team that hopes to compete for the playoffs. Since May 18, Barney is hitting an abysmal .227/.252/.268 with just two doubles, one triple, and two walks. He should have been moved down in the order a long time ago. His presence in the two-hole is becoming reminiscent of the days that Dusty Baker kept trotting Neifi Perez out there at the top of the order. The only difference? Barney is “young” and “exciting.”

It’s harder to find a Brewer who isn’t hot than one who is. Until his last time out, Yovani Gallardo had a six-start winning streak. Chris Narveson just shut out the Cardinals for eight innings. The Brewers are 7-1 in Zach Greinke’s starts. Maybe the Cubs can get to Randy Wolf.

Prince Fielder has eight homers in his last ten games. He’s hitting .400 and he’s got 16 RBI over that stretch. Prince: please stop playing yourself out of the Cubs’ 2012 price range.

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.

The Cubs had been represented by Emma Watson for the last couple series, and although one could argue that taking one game from the Phillies was about the best for which the Cubs could hope, it’s time to move on.

And the Cubs are moving on to Angel Porrino. I made a promise to reader Laura that she could pick the next rep, and she picked a great one (picked the picture, too). And, let’s be real: that the Cubs’ rep was picked by a Cubs fan of the female persuasion is… well, that’s all right by me.

You may know Angel from E! show, ‘Holly’s World.’ I don’t know her from that – but you may.

As for the Brewers, I’ve become accustomed to picking random beautiful women with beer. Some things never change. Although, I’m not sure how Milwaukee-y Guinness is…

Versus

hot beer woman

  • Fishin Phil

    Based solely on the She-View, I say the Cubs are a lock to take three out of four!

  • Cubs Psychologist

    Phil, you are correct sir!!! Ace, make sure you tell Laura thank you for the suggestion and the pic!!

  • Michigan Goat

    I’m with you on Barney, although I wish I wasn’t– I really wanted him to work out I just hope us Cub fans don’t keep thinking he is the solution and management keep trotting him out there. When Soriano returns and becomes the everyday LF again (and he will regardless of how much we cry), it would be nice to give some 2B starts to DeWitt perhaps even platoon him between 2B, 3B, LF so that he can continue to get regular AB. He is the same age as Barney and a former 1st round pick… Maybe he just needed sometime to season.

    • Ace

      Agreed. I hope DeWitt sees some starts at 2nd. And Barney, for the record, is a totally likeable player. He’s just not a starter.

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/5386b75c5ecdcd1a7490dde9cd6dd3fa?s=80 Jeff

    I do think Blake DeWitt needs to start once or twice a week, and I agree that Barney should move down in the order. I am not convinced yet that he isn’t starter material. He has struggled, but he has had good games sprinkled in. He hasn’t walked much lately, and his BAbip has dropped signifigantly. Which means he’s not being patient, and he’s either hitting it weakly or right at someone. He isn’t striking out a lot, and his numbers are great when no one is on base. I think he’s a bottom of the order hitter, with an above average, versatile glove, and I absolutely think he can be a starter on a playoff team. He’s not going to carry a team, but he hustles, plays solid defense, and he makes good contact with the bat. He’s a perfect role player, the problem is, he’s on a team full of role players, and being asked to bat 2nd full time in his first full time gig.

  • http://calebshreves.blogspot.com Caleb

    She’s hot. Good pick, Laura.

    • Laura

      Thank you – she’s no burrito, but I hope she can see our boys thru. I’m still holding my breath.

  • Michigan Goat

    Tonight’s lineup requires requires a double take: Castro ss, Barney 2b, Baker rf, Ramirez 3b, Soto c, Montanez lf, LeMahieu 1b, Campana cf, Dempster p. I’m glad to see us mixing things up, but DJ is playing a position he is not familiar with 1B. I’m guess I’m happy were trying something new, but it just seems odd.

    • Ace

      Whoa, I totally missed that. At least he’s playing…

      • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

        Riiiiight.

        Freaking Quade, who wouldn’t let Colvin — who at least PLAYED 1B in college for a week or two — play 1B when the games didn’t matter last year, puts LeMahieu in at 1B because… because… um… help me out here?

        I’m not so sure Quade’s got it all together….

      • Ace

        LeMahieu said he hasn’t ever played 1B – not even in little league.

        • Michigan Goat

          Maybe he got confused with all the kids on the bench and thought DJ was Tyler, since he rarely plays either OR maybe DJ switched numbers and confused him, regardless it’s one of the more “huh, wtf” moments in his lineup choices… Quade is completely disconnected right now or in the middle of a stroke.

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