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.
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)
- Fukudome, RF
- Castro, SS
- Ramirez, 3B
- Pena, 1B
- Soriano, LF
- Johnson, CF (also Campana)
- DeWitt, 2B (also Baker, also LeMahieu)
- Soto, C
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)
- Andres Torres, CF
- Emmanuel Burriss, 2B
- Pablo Sandoval, 3B
- Aubrey Huff, 1B
- Cody Ross, LF
- Aaron Rowand, RF (Schierholtz, too)
- Brandon Crawford, SS (Tejada, too)
- Chris Stewart, C
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.
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.