Another historic series, though, unlike the Red Sox series, this one is a bit hard to get up for. The Yanks played at Wrigley in the last decade (in a far more meaningful and exciting 2003 series), the Cubs’ season has really hit the toilet since the BoSox series, and there won’t even be the Jeter-might-get-3000 incentive.
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
Dude. The Cubs just took three of four from the Brewers. They’re still massively under .500, and massively far from first place, but still, it feels good.
The Yanks just swept the Rangers in three after taking three of four from the Indians. Before that, though, they were swept by the Red Sox. That took them out of the lead in the AL East, where they now stand a game and a half back of the Sox. They’re 11 games over .500.
Game Times and Broadcasts
- Friday, June 17 at 1:10 CT on CSN, MLBN.
- Saturday, June 18 at 3:20 CT on FOX.
- Sunday, June 19 at 7:05 CT on ESPN.
Expected Starters and Lineups
These lineups are likely to be pretty close to what actually gets fielded.
Starters: Doug Davis (0-5, 5.90), Ryan Dempster (5-5, 5.48), Randy Wells (1-1, 5.63)
- Fukudome, RF
- Castro, SS
- DeWitt, 2B (? also Baker, also LeMahieu)
- Pena, 1B
- Ramirez, 3B
- Soriano, LF
- Campana, CF (also Johnson)
- Soto, C
Starters: Freddy Garcia (5-5, 3.60), A.J. Burnett (6-5, 4.09), CC Sabathia (8-4, 3.28)
- Brett Gardner, LF
- Curtis Granderson, CF
- Mark Teixeira, 1B
- Alex Rodriguez, 3B
- Robinson Cano, 2B
- Nick Swisher, RF
- Francisco Cervelli, C (Jorge Posada? Russell Martin?)
- Eduardo Nunez, SS
Hot or Not and Whom to Watch
Starlin Castro is back on the horse, hitting near .400 in the last week and a half. That’s good.
The Cubs haven’t won a single time that Doug Davis has started. That’s not good.
Kosuke Fukudome is up to .301/.409/.419 on the year.
Jeff Samardzija is tied for the team lead in wins at five. Wins are meaningless and all that, but… like… wow.
If you were itching to see Derek Jeter hit 3000, put on the Calamine. He’s on the DL and won’t play.
The Yankees’ outfield is blowin’ up lately with Curtis Granderson going 13 for his last 29 (three homers, nine RBI), and Brett Gardner going 12 for his last 23. Mark Teixeira had three homers in the Rangers series, so he’s hot as well.
Each of the three starting pitchers the Cubs will face this series has an ERA North of 4.40 in his last three starts. So, right now, they’re hittable. Of course, Davis and Randy Wells both have an ERA well North of 5.00 in their last three starts, so, well, yeah.
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.
So, it appears that the secret to using the Series She-View to win some games is to listen to reader input. Female reader input.
Reader Laura suggested that the Cubs be represented by Angel Porrino. You may know Angel from E! show, ‘Holly’s World.’ I don’t know her from that – I now know her from “that hot chick’s ass from the last series.” And then, boom, the Cubs took three of four from one of the hottest teams in baseball.
In case it isn’t obvious, Angel is sticking around for this series.
As for the Yankees, I had planned to go with Derek Jeter’s super hot girlfriend, Minka Kelly (pictured, tantalizingly, to the right). But then, two things happened: (1) Jeter was put on the DL with a strained calf, and (2) Reader Laura – yes, that Reader Laura – sent new inspiration.
Why help the Yankees when you can do this: