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Four games in three days against the NL West-leading Giants should make for a fun week.

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 lost another series – their seventh in their last eight. This time, to the dreadful Royals. Things are looking grim as the Cubs crawl toward the All Star break. At least the Cubs won their last game, a makeup against the Rockies.

The Giants just swept the Indians in three after taking two of three from the Twins. They’ve won five in a row, and stand 10 games over .500, a full two games up in the NL West.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Tuesday, June 28 at 1:20 CT on WGN.
  • Tuesday, June 28 at 7:05 CT on CSN.
  • Wednesday, June 29 at 7:05 CT on WGN.
  • Thursday, June 30 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: Doug Davis (1-6, 5.01), Rodrigo Lopez (0-1, 6.59), Ryan Dempster (5-6, 5.31), Carlos Zambrano (6-4, 4.38)

Lineup:

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

Giants

Starters: Ryan Vogelsong (5-1, 1.86), Barry Zito (0-1, 6.23), Tim Lincecum (6-6, 3.16), Matt Cain (7-4, 3.22)

Lineup:

  1. Andres Torres, CF
  2. Emmanuel Burriss, 2B
  3. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
  4. Aubrey Huff, 1B
  5. Cody Ross, LF
  6. Aaron Rowand, RF (Schierholtz, too)
  7. Brandon Crawford, SS (Tejada, too)
  8. Chris Stewart, C
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

Normally, doubleheaders are very difficult to sweep. But with Doug Davis and Rodrigo Lopez going today for the Cubs, today’s doubleheader looks eminently sweepable. For the Giants.

Perhaps worse, neither Davis nor Lopez has a penchant for going deep into his starts, which will leave Mike Quade with some tough choices – leave those guys into their get brutalized, or tax the bullpen in games the Cubs are likely to lose anyway, and in advance of playing 12 games in 12 days after today.

Geovany Soto has been so good over his last three games (1.833 OPS) that he’s raised his OPS 66 points, and now has a 99 OPS+, which means he’s been about a league average hitter for the year.

Carlos Pena now leads the Cubs with 16 homers (after none in April), and he’s got a .239/.333/.578 line since May 24.

Barry Zito returns for the Giants having not pitched since April. You can expect a two-hit shutout.

Why can’t the Cubs stumble into someone like Ryan Vogelsong? He’s been in baseball for more than a decade, spent three years in Japan, and was in the minors last year. Now? He might well be an All Star.

Oh, and then there’s that Lincecum guy and that Cain guy. Swell.

At least the Giants’ offense is still atrocious – hitting a sixth-worst .238 (how are five teams hitting worse than that?), and scoring a league low 265 runs.

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.

You know who’s crazy hot? Victoria’s Secret model Erin Heatherton. Where has the world been hiding her? I only became aware of her recently, but, once I saw that she was from Skokie, Illinois, I knew she had to represent the Cubs asap.

I said before the Royals series that she’d be sticking around for a few series, regardless of the outcome. And I’m sticking to that, despite the embarrassing outcome.

The Giants can have a giant – a hot giant – namely, fellow Victoria’s Secret model Oluchi Onweagba, who stands at around 6’2″.

And, in honor of the doubleheader, we’ll do a double picture day.

Versus

  • hardtop

    ace, if you keep writing and posting these goodies, im never going to get any work done.

    davis and lopez? going to be a long day for the cubs. why isnt demp going tonight? didnt he own the giants in that first game? lopez is just such an overwhelming big sack of suck, i think i’d rather see russell start… becasue you know he’ll probably loose but youre not sure exactly how he’ll do it. with lopez, no mystery, even the giants can shell this jive turkey fool.

    i hope i’m wrong.

    i have a buddy in the giants lineup. can i still hope he goes 3 for 4 with no rbi and still be a cubs fan, or must i wish death upon him?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

      The problem I see: the bullpen is going to be absolutely destroyed by tomorrow.

      • Jeff

        There almost has to be some kind of roster move in the next couple of days or I foresee a Dusty Baker like aftermath on the pen.

      • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

        Naw, look here: Davis goes 6 2/3 today, giving up 6 runs, but Cubs win 14-6. Lopez is out after 4 1/3 giving up the same number of runs. Cubs lose 6-2. We’ll get to Lincecum late tomorrow, but still lose 5-4 when the bullpen blows it. Thursday is the pitchers duel, with Zambrano and Cain both going 8, Cubs lose 1-0.

        • hardtop

          you got the number of runs right for davis except it was 6 runs in 2 1/3… so far, he’s still in there giving it up. oh dont look now 2 on no outs…9 hits in 3 innings. wow, we are just pathetic. im glad quade isnt going to the bullpen, might as well not even try to win.

        • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

          Well, so much for making prognostications.

          Man, Doug Davis is really terrible.

          • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

            It was nearly impossible to predict such a disastrous outing for Davis. He’ll bounce back to Cy Young form by his next start. Or the one after that. Or the one after that. Or the one after that…

            • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

              It appears that Mike Quade has taken over Ace’s identity.

  • http://calebshreves.blogspot.com Caleb

    I think you’re discounting the “who knows what Davis is going to do” factor, which generally ups his chances against strong teams. See Yankees/Cubs game 1 for more info. On the other hand, maybe his dominance that day was due to me being at the game with the full support of the bleacher nation. We’ll never know. Regardless, I could see him having a strong day today, maybe going 7 and giving us a chance.

    Lopez, uh, well… he uh,

    Maybe we can win 1 of these.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

      Tut tut. The Yankees are a good offense. The Giants’ offense sucks. That’s why Davis will struggle.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

      Also, did your buddy Kyle see my message about his email? I tried to respond to him a couple times but his email address kept bouncing.

      • http://calebshreves.blogspot.com Caleb

        Fair point. Maybe Davis just dominates against teams that get dominated by the Red Sox? I don’t always understand sabermetrics.

        As for Kyle, not sure. You’ll have to excuse my friend… he’s a little slow. The town is 3 miles… nevermind.

        What message? I use kyle.t.novak@gmail.com (yes, everybody please feel free to spam his inbox with all the gay porn links you can find) to which he occasionally responds. Give it a shot!

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

          Thanks. Looks like Kyle maybe – er herm – mistyped his own name on the contact form. No judgment here.

          • http://calebshreves.blogspot.com Caleb

            I wish I could register even a hint of surprise at that, but…

  • Toosh

    Titties! Me like!

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

      Classy to the end, Toosh.

  • http://Bleachernation Ramy16

    Iam going to pass out..koyie hill hit a home run ..Davis sucks

    • Jeff

      Koyie Hill hit a homerun today and Mike Quade was named to the All Star team, seriously.

      • hardtop

        i just read that! wtf? i like mike quade: he seems like a nice guy to have a beer with, but serioulsy, i wouldnt let him mange my little league team. he must have got in as the 3rd base coach. i sure liked when he was wavin’ ‘em in and puttin’ on the brakes for the cubs, suited him better than manager, and he sure was a lot better than ivan dejesus

        • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

          I get the feeling that Quade is like that guy who was always on the periphery of your friend circle, the guy that would buy most of the rounds, but you’d have to listen to him yammer away the whole time. After a couple drinks, you’d keep looking toward the door, hoping that another guy would walk in and sit down and take your place.

          • hardtop

            oh my god! he is either on the take, trying to loose games, or he is incredibly stupid! he lets davis get the last out with a man on third, after he has 6 earned on 9 hits in 4 innings. davis, is having a bad day to say the least: this is when you bat someone mike. Instead, you let him go out there give up 3 singles and a walk without recording an out. i know we suck, but you need to pretend to try to win. sorry mike, you’re fired, and stay the hell away from my little league team too!

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

        Next thing you know, the Cubs will lose in a blowout!

  • Roughriider

    The Giants must think it’s Thanksgiving and Doug Davis is the Turkey. 7 hits and 2 BB in less than 2 times through the order. 6 runs in 3 innings. Retirement can’t be far down the road.

    • hardtop

      I thought he was retired,?or i guess he was just was unemployed. gotta love the fact the cubs have called two guys off the couch to be starters for one of the biggest franchises in sports… and both of those sofa surfers are starting today! how nice.

  • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

    Holy crap. Soriano is going to catch some shit for that miserable failed catch attempt.

    • hardtop

      no he won’t… “sori” was just preserving his legs.

      • hardtop

        or i should say, he wont catch shit from the manager.

  • Madprizamwoo

    2012 cubs

    C – soto – good defense (3rd best at throwing out runners in MLB) and a good hitter every other year. Worth every $ he’s getting paid
    1b – Pena or Fielder – I would go after fielder however I would not go past 6 years and 120mil. He is avg at best defensively which happens to be half of the game. Pena we can sign as a free agent and offer him 8-9mil. He’s very good defensively and has some pop.
    2b- Barney – good defense; above avg offense – worth more then what he’s getting paid
    Ss – Castro – great offense below avg to poor defense. He’s young so we just have to hope his defense will cont to improve – worth every $
    3b- baker/Dewitt – avg def and avg offense but not over paid. There are no free agents worth going after.
    Lf – sorino – horrible def and above avg pop Way over paid. Grrrrr
    Cf – bryd/fuku – bryd isnt the best however for what he’s getting paid he gives you avg def and avg off for a fair price. However, I would strongly consider resigning fuku for 1-2 yrs as he gives you good def and good obp. I think they could resign him at 5-7 a year. OR if mr Jackson happens to be ready then let’s roll.
    Rf – Colvin/fuku – Colvin needs to refund his swing and he gives you avg def. Fuku see above.

    Possible free agents signings washed up Damon, Beltran or Gomes. None of which really excite me. Only one who gives you above avg def would be Beltran. If you can get him at 5mil a season I might pull trigger but not much of an upgrade over fuku.

    So I really dont see this team getting any better defensively next season, if anything if they sign fielder we will get worse defensively. Unless we sit sorino which I’m all for but that will never happen. Offensively will be same team except a bit worse as we have down grade at 3rd and if we dknt sign Pena or fielder then will be a huge downgrade offensively.

    There’s really no hope for this team for the forseable future.

    Those are my thoughts on our 8 fielders.
    So only
    Rf – Colvin/fuku

  • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

    FYI, the Enhanced Box Score for the first game is going to be delayed. Because Davis was so thoroughly slow and thoroughly shelled, the game won’t end until after I’ve headed out to a very important Kickball game (that’s right, Kickball).

  • http://Bleachernation Ramy16

    Horrible game…man watching my cubs makes me sick…not even fun anymore

  • http://BleacherNation.com Bric

    Sadly true. What’s even sadder is the way the future looks. Strange how the media machine run by Hendry is suddenly out of answers, confidence, and pride. I guess we’ve seen the real reasons for Hendry’s moves.
    Even though he’s the first to taut the depth of his minors system (which is very dominant- against other minor leaguers), he’s continues to bring in free agents by offering big money and NTCs. Why? Because he knows that guys like Bryan LaHair, Brad Snyder, Bobby Scales, and all the other career minor leaguers can feast on 20 year old kids’ fast balls and sliders but are useless for trading or bringing up. So he’s stuck with a bunch of big contracts on aging veterans with no good prospects and little interest from other teams in his veterans. And yet he’s not sure whether to buy or sell. I guess when he said “If we’re ten games out by June we’ll consider the future” he meant exactly 10 games out and didn’t specify June of 2011.
    Good God, just fire him and put him out of his misery. Most other teams would’ve fired him 2 years ago just for the Bradley deal.

  • ry

    cubs piss another one away, will get swept; what a pathetic excuse of fielding by sorryano, shithead. cry about the fans booing you now you sob!

  • Joe

    Just saw the lineup for the second game…. WHY IS SORIANO STILL IN LEFT FIELD?!?!?!?!?!

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