Series Preview: Cubs v. White Sox, June 20 – June 22, 2011

Finally, a series in which the Cubs have something to play for. Intracity pride. Some kind of cup. Shutting up some fat mouths.

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

Well, after heroically taking three of four from the Brewers (and winning over the hearts of Cardinals and Reds fans alike), the Cubs dropped the back two games of a three-game set with the Yankees. So, they’re still massively under .500, and massively far from first place. And it no longer feels good.

After a miserable start, the White Sox caught a little heat over the last month, bringing them back to within striking distance in the AL Central. They’re a few games under .500, and 5.5 out. They’ve won 11 of their last 18.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Monday, June 20 at 7:10 CT on CSN.
  • Tuesday, June 21 at 7:10 CT on WGN.
  • Wednesday, June 22 at 7:10 CT on CSN.

Expected Starters and Lineups

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

Cubs

Starters: Carlos Zambrano (5-4, 4.59), Matt Garza (3-6, 4.14), Doug Davis (1-5, 4.95)

Lineup:

  1. Fukudome, RF
  2. Castro, SS
  3. DeWitt, 2B (also Baker, also LeMahieu)
  4. Pena, 1B
  5. Ramirez, 3B
  6. Soriano, LF
  7. Johnson, CF (also Campana)
  8. Soto, C
  9. DH (Cubs will probably give Ramirez a day as DH, ditto Soriano)

White Sox

Starters: Gavin Floyd (6-6, 3.94), Mark Buerhle (6-5, 3.75), TBA

Lineup:

  1. Juan Pierre, LF
  2. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  3. Carlos Quentin, RF
  4. Paul Konerko, 1B
  5. AJ Pierzynski, C
  6. Alex Rios, CF
  7. Adam Dunn, DH
  8. Gordon Beckham, 2B
  9. Brent Morel, 3B

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

Will Carlos Zambrano ERUPT AGAIN!?!!?!lol!!!1?!?? Prepare to hear about it ALL night long.

I’d like to see Matt Garza put together a really dominant start. He was quietly one of the two or three best pitchers in the NL before going down with an elbow bruise. Since then, he’s been average at best.

It’s still nice to be excited about Starlin Castro. Sure, he’s piling up errors like an A-ball pitcher playing second base, but, since May 10, he’s hitting .333/.366/.473. That’s a building block, folks.

You know who looks less and less like a building block every day? Geovany Soto. His on year/off year schtick is playing out to a T this year, and he’s hitting just .196/.274/.357 since coming off the disabled list on May 30. I would joke about Koyie Hill, but it stopped being an obvious joke about two weeks ago.

Mark Buerhle, who’s kind of a donger, is going for his 10th straight quality start. Wouldn’t that be nice?

But it ain’t all sunshine and roses on the South Side (in fact, I’m fairly certain that roses would be so disgusted by the very idea of residing on the South Side that they would uproot themselves and wilt rather than freshen the air that surrounds them). You know the story with Adam Dunn – he got a big contract to mash, and he’s struggled. He’s hitting just .182/.324/.335 on the year with seven homers.

Alex Rios has also been a disaster at .209/.261/.324. And there’s Juan Pierre, getting lead-off at bats with his .319 OBP.

I’d rip these guys, but as we’ve all seen, the Cubs are the cure to your team’s woes. I fully expect Dunn to leave this series with a 1.600 OPS, leading the league with 93 home runs. I don’t care if it’s not mathematically possible – I expect it.

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.

Well, Reader Laura suggested that the Cubs be represented by Angel Porrino for the Brewers series. And then, boom, the Cubs took three of four. Throw in the fact that Angel has an impressive resume/ass, and all was right with the world.

And then the Yankees came in and outclassed the Cubs, reminding us all what a professional baseball team is supposed to look like. I had originally planned to have Derek Jeter’s super hot girlfriend, Minka Kelly, represent the Yankees. But, in a fit of juvenile wisdom, I decided instead to take a shot at them with Lady Gaga.

It backfired. I think I angered the She-View gods by tempting us all with Minka Kelly, only to toss her aside. So, with that bit of logic in place, the Cubs are now represented by Derek Jeter’s girlfriend.

As for the White Sox, well, I haven’t completely learned my lesson.

Versus

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

9 responses to “Series Preview: Cubs v. White Sox, June 20 – June 22, 2011”

  1. Fishin Phil

    Ace, I think that She-View is gonna cost us. I think the Fickle Finger of Fate will flip you the bird and Sox will take 2 out of three. Here’s hoping that I’m wrong.

  2. Jeremy

    “Mark Buerhle, who’s kind of a donger” YES, classic!! Haha.

  3. RY34

    i hope i am wrong too but i smell a sox sweep; buerhle it seems has always owned us, don’t trust davis to put together two goods starts back to back; tonight is our best shot but that is putting a lot of faith in big z. again i hope i am way off base here. konerko and quentin are hitting the cover off the ball; not good!

  4. Laura

    Hope I didn’t jinx it. I was thinking along the same lines as you for the opponent’s rep this week, only south s

  5. Laura

    Hope I didn’t jinx it. I was thinking along the same lines as you for the opponent’s rep this week, only south sider Kanye West with his Ozzie Guillen style of fat mouthin’ is the man I came up with. Excellent choice for th Cubs, Ace – Minka is definitely better looking.

  6. Toosh

    Classy White Sox fan? That’s an oxymoron. And all White Sox fans are half that word.

    1. TWC

      Oxy?