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.
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)
- Fukudome, RF
- Barney, 2B
- Castro, SS
- Pena, 1B
- Ramirez, 3B
- DeWitt, LF (among others; Soriano due back)
- Campana, CF (among others; Johnson due back)
- Soto, C
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)
- Rickie Weeks, 2B
- Nyjer Morgan, CF
- Ryan Braun, LF
- Prince Fielder, 1B
- Casey McGehee, 3B
- Corey Hart, RF
- Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
- Jonathan Lucroy, C
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.
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…