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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.

Cubs

Starters: Doug Davis (0-5, 5.90), Ryan Dempster (5-5, 5.48), Randy Wells (1-1, 5.63)

Lineup:

  1. Fukudome, RF
  2. Castro, SS
  3. DeWitt, 2B (? also Baker, also LeMahieu)
  4. Pena, 1B
  5. Ramirez, 3B
  6. Soriano, LF
  7. Campana, CF (also Johnson)
  8. Soto, C
  9. Pitcher

Yankees

Starters: Freddy Garcia (5-5, 3.60), A.J. Burnett (6-5, 4.09), CC Sabathia (8-4, 3.28)

Lineup:

  1. Brett Gardner, LF
  2. Curtis Granderson, CF
  3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
  4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
  5. Robinson Cano, 2B
  6. Nick Swisher, RF
  7. Francisco Cervelli, C (Jorge Posada? Russell Martin?)
  8. Eduardo Nunez, SS
  9. Pitcher

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.

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.

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:

Versus

 

  • Fishin Phil

    I smell a sweep!!!

  • TWC

    Reader Laura sure picked a funny-looking dude for the Yankees’ rep…

  • MichiganGoat

    It does suck that Jeter won’t be in the series, I’m sure ESPN, MLB, and all vendors are pissed that the 3000 excitement won’t be at Wrigley. It would have been something historic to remember this season.

    • Cardfan

      It seems they are pissed and are taking it out on Wrigley Field. Pampered bastards want their plush digs in the latest shopping-mall stadium.

      and on another subject…
      5

  • Dan0mite

    I had a crazy dream last night. Kerry Wood was the starting pitcher today and he gave up 9 runs in ther first inning.

  • http://Cubs/Lineup art

    Can ANYBODY explain to me WHY ISNT CAMPANA LEADING OFF ECERY GAME AND PLAYING CENTER FIELD ???? My Line Up: Campana CF
    Fukudome RF
    Castro SS
    Ramierez 3B
    Pena 1B
    Sorry S –LF
    Soto
    DeWitt
    Davis

    I would rather play more rookies BUT Quade wont

    • hardtop

      i can: becasue reed the steed has the best average on the team (given he’s only had 69 AB’s but continues to come up big) BUT Campana is playing today instead?

      Im the opposite. I still want to win. i especially want to beat the yankees! i think you play whomever gives you the best chance of winning. that may not exclude the youngsters, but does in some cases. for instance, bake’s hitting 347 in about 100 abs, dewitts at what 275? they both play second, i think bake is actually better defnsively. why has he been out of the lineup 2 days in a row after hitting a 1st inning solo shot the previous game? is he still hurt? is the steed still hurt? i sure hope so becasue otherwise i have to say quade is out of his mind. actually, im quite sure hes out of his mind. although i loved fonzies bomb yesterday Im not sure i’d start him over a better fielder especially when reed is so hot. i think id have campana and reed in the outfield, baker at second. thats your new starting lineup until bake or the steed cool off.

      • Hogie

        Reed and JB are crushing it because they are mostly sheltered from right handers. Like it or not, Fuk has actually been pretty good out of the leadoff (OBP over .400) and if we want to trade him, he has to be displayed. I love Campana and the energy he brings, but he hasn’t done enough with the bat to warrant everyday leadoff yet, has he?

  • Caleb

    Hey gang! At the game, great seats in the first row of the upper deck between first and home! Brought my bleacher nation sign with me- look for me on tv. Plus, my gf is hot!

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

      He mostly just wants to show off the girlfriend.

      I kid. You rock, Caleb. Hope you’re enjoying.

  • hardtop

    really why are reed and baker out? both had great returns from the dl, they should both be fresh, their like one and 2 in BA, reed continues to make great plays in the outfield and bakers better at the plate and in the field than dewitt, isnt he? i remeber when dewitt came over from LA last year that we was terrible defensively. will we see baker tomorrow? anyway, if quade wants to save his job you think he’d be playing his best players…

  • Caleb

    It’s not an illusion- Doug Davis just got thru 6 shutout innings. I saw it! Could be the rapture?

  • Caleb

    Davis. 8th inning. Shutout. What’s happening!!

    • Ol’CharlieBrown

      I know! Im in utter disbelief also, Caleb! Im also happy to see that Davis was on a short leash here in the 8th and as Im writing this he’s being pulled after that double by Swisher. Thats un-Quade like as we all know typically he would leave someone in until they have given up the tying run, THEN he would go and pull them out of the game.

  • Jeff

    I told you guys to take Doug Davis in the draft sheet pool.

    • Ace

      I legitimately thought you had lost your mind.

      • Jeff

        Unfortunately I did not really take Davis, but in my infinite wisdom, I did draft Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano, and you see where that’s going to get me.

        • MichiganGoat

          Yeah I drafted Curtis thinking he would light up Davis… but this is what makes draftstreet fun, you can actually draft someone like Davis and catch that perfect moment and start all over again tomorrow.

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