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It’s the second round of the BP Crosstown Cup, and this time it comes to Wrigley. The Cubs need a series victory to avoid losing the Cup again. Indeed, the Cubs haven’t won a series against the Sox since 2008. Guh.

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 didn’t lose their last series! It’s a Festivus Miracle! In June!

But now it’s July, and the Cubs may just return to their losing ways. They’re a healthy 14 games under .500, good for the second worst record in the NL, and third worst in baseball. But they’ve won two in a row, so today could be the day that they *finally* put together a real winning streak.

The Sox went 3-3 in their six games since playing the Cubs last. They’re a couple games under .500, but just four games out in the AL Central. They’ve also won two in a row.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Friday, July 1 at 1:20 CT on WGN.
  • Saturday, July 2 at 3:10 CT on FOX.
  • Sunday, July 3 at 1:20 CT on CSN.

Expected Starters and Lineups

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

Cubs

Starters: Randy Wells (1-2, 6.25), Matt Garza (4-6, 4.07), Rodrigo Lopez (0-2, 5.40)

Lineup:

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

White Sox

Starters: Edwin Jackson (4-6, 4.13), Philip Humber (7-4, 2.89), Gavin Floyd (6-7, 4.19)

Lineup:

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

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

The Cubs’ pitching corps is wrecked. The team will undoubtedly make a move or two today, but they’re going to need a long outing from Randy Wells – hopefully he can get through his typical first inning problems today.

The hot guys have stayed hot: Carlos Pena, Aramis Ramirez, and Geovany Soto are raking right now.

Rodrigo Lopez is the new fifth starter, following the release/retirement of Doug Davis. Depending on Carlos Zambrano’s back, Lopez could find himself going from long reliever to fourth starter in the span of a couple days. Viva 2011 Cubs!

Paul Konerko is killing the ball right now, and he always kills it at Wrigley. So, like, don’t pitch to him, ‘kay?

Edwin Jackson hasn’t won since May 22. I know W/L record is the stupidest stat in all of sports, but I kind of hate the White Sox. So let’s laugh at him.

Embarrassed Adam Dunn Watch: .171/.307/.312. Now I’ll sheepishly continue to pretend that I never hoped the Cubs signed him.

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 STILL 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 her first series that she’d be sticking around for a few series, regardless of the outcome. And I’m sticking to that. It seems particularly fair given the Cubs just split a series with the World Champion Giants, winning the two games started by Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain.

Last time, I tried to give the White Sox a loser rep. It failed. So now they can have freaking Megan Fox. I’ll still take the Cubs.

erin heatherton cleavage

Versus

megan fox black and white

  • hardtop

    That’s a generous she view, the ozzie doesn’t deserve her.

    well, if we lose, at least we will get beat by the old logo.

    i went to the sox vs. rockies series: sox fans are better when they dont live in chicago. it was nice to reconnect with folks from motherland: we talked about the bears and sausage and did not get into the DH discussion. What I learned: the Sox are actually pretty good. I think they are much like the Cubs in terms of underperfoming or missing the mark, just not as badly as we do. With our pitching, Garza is our only chance, unless “Wellsie” can pull one out of 2009. God, I hate those Quade nicknames, and Im sure the players do to. Can’t you think of something better than “Wellsie”? i would go with “Wellhung” or something manly if I were manager.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      If Castillo ever gets promoted, Quade is going to have a hell of a time when Wellsie is pitching to Welly.

      • hardtop

        Yeah, because Castro is already “Cassie”. Starlin is not a particularly testosterone laden name as it is, but to further emasculate the young man by calling him “Cassie” is down right cruel.

        And Moreland keeps calling him StarLING, haha, goof ball.

        Okay, I’m officially done obsessing over Quade’s nickname habit. it’s clear he’s not going to stop it, so I’m off it…at least until he utters the next disaster.

  • ron

    I know the cubs split with the Giants but can we count it as a series win since one game was a make up?……Actually, a split is kind of a win anyway.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Fair point. Cubs lost the makeup game, won the series.

  • http://calebshreves.blogspot.com Caleb

    The sooner either of them make out with me, the better.

    Be nice to win a series today, but you know. The Cubs.

    Down 2-0 now, but it’s early. Come on Cubs!

    And speaking of nicknames…

    “Frank Grimes, or Grimy as he liked to be called…”

    Love that episode.

  • hardtop

    jeez i wish barney would take more walks, these 2 strike RBI’s are really bothering me. I dont know how you can expect to be a major league ball player if you keep getting hits… you need to learn to take a walk! ;) Just kidding barney critics, i do like him, but I get the walk argument, long term.

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