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 dropped two of three to the White Sox, and lost the BP Crosstown Cup again this year. Grumble. At least they’re on a one-game winning streak, which is 50% of their season high.
The Nats have lost five of seven, but before that, they’d won 13 of 15. They’re just a game under .500, but 11 games out in the very tough AL East. Oh, and their manager recently quit.
Game Times and Broadcasts
- Monday, July 4 at 12:05 CT on WGN.
- Tuesday, July 5 at 6:05 CT on CSN.
- Wednesday, July 6 at 6:05 CT on CSN.
- Thursday, July 7 at 6:05 CT on WGN.
Expected Starters and Lineups
These lineups are likely to be pretty close to what actually gets fielded.
Starters: Casey Coleman (2-4, 7.78), Ramon Ortiz (0-0, -.–), Randy Wells (1-3, 6.59), Matt Garza (4-7, 3.77)
- Fukudome, RF
- Barney, 2B
- Castro, SS
- Ramirez, 3B
- Pena, 1B
- Soriano, LF
- Johnson, CF (also Campana)
- Soto, C
Starters: Jordan Zimmermann (5-7, 2.63), Ross Detwiler (0-0, -.–), Tom Gorzelanny (2-6, 3.77), Livan Hernandez (5-8, 3.73)
- Roger Bernadina, LF
- Danny Espinosa, 2B
- Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
- Michael Morse, 1B
- Jayson Werth, RF
- Rick Ankiel, CF
- Ivan Rodriguez, C (Wilson Ramos)
- Ian Desmond, SS
Hot or Not and Whom to Watch
Aramis Ramirez has seven homers in his last 10 games, and has his OPS up to .816. Brace yourself for something shocking: of all qualifying 3B in the NL, Aramis Ramirez leads in hits, homers, RBI, SLG, and OPS. He probably should have been named an All-Star. That’s messing with my head. Somewhere, reader Ramy16 is locking a bathroom door.
Darwin Barney has an eight-game hitting streak, wrapped around his stay on the DL. It’s been a bit of a hollow streak, though: during those eight games, Barney’s average has gone up just five points, his OBP just four, and his SLG just one.
The Cubs’ bullpen has a 1.53 ERA in the team’s last 14 games. And, with the surprise starts by Casey Coleman and Ramon Ortiz, they’ll need to keep it up.
Somewhat appropriately, in a series featuring Coleman and Ortiz on the Cubs side, the Cubs will face the 6th starter that never was, Tom Gorzelanny, whom they shipped to Washington in the off-season for prospects who’ve done absolutely nothing since.
Jordan Zimmermann was dominant in June, holding an ERA under one in six starts.
Jayson Werth is doing his best to demonstrate why gigantic, long-term contracts for guys with only moderate past success are never a good idea. In his first year of a seven year(!), $126 million(!) contract, Werth is hitting just .223/.326/.382. He’s already 32. Alfonso Soriano’s contract and performance immediately look miles better than they did yesterday.
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. Yes, the Cubs lost again to the White Sox, but they, um, pitched really well! I might not be able to keep her in the role too much longer, but I’m going to cling as long as I can.
As for the Washington Nationals, on our Nation’s birthday, I can think of no better representative than a no-talent reality “star,” with bleached blonde hair and big, fake boobs, who’s made her bones by preying on the minds of countless Americans: Heidi Montag. God bless America!