Series Preview: Cubs v. Brewers, July 26 – July 28, 2011

Ah, yes. Real teams.

After beating up on the hapless Astros (who, it should be pointed out, beat up on the hapless Cubs the last time the teams played), the Cubs head to Milwaukee to take on a real, live baseball team.

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 are on an honest-to-God winning streak. Three games, baby! Just 18 more and it’s .500 city.

The Brewers just lost a series to the Giants, including back-to-back games in their last two. Before that, they’d been on a bit of a hot streak, winning eight of their last 13. They’re in a sort-of-percentage-pointy-tie atop the NL Central with the Cardinals and the Pirates (at just five games over .500… freaking Cubs).

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Tuesday, July 22 at 7:10 CT on WGN.
  • Wednesday, July 23 at 7:10 CT on CSN.
  • Thursday, July 24 at 1:10 CT on WGN.

Expected Starters and Lineups

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

Cubs

Starters: Ryan Dempster (7-7, 5.00), Carlos Zambrano (7-5, 4.70), Randy Wells (2-3, 6.17)

Lineup:

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

Brewers

Starters: Chris Narveson (6-6, 4.45), Zack Greinke (7-4, 4.84), Shaun Marcum (9-3, 3.35)

Lineups:

  1. Corey Hart, RF
  2. Nyjer Morgan, CF
  3. Ryan Braun, LF
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Rickie Weeks, 2B
  6. Casey McGehee, 3B
  7. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
  8. Jonathan Lucroy, C
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

Before his crappy start against the Phillies last time out, Ryan Dempster had a 1.99 ERA in his previous seven starts.

Kosuke Fukudome had a 1.350 OPS in the series against the Astros, which could help the Cubs in their effort to deal him.

Also scorching hot: Marlon Byrd. He’s gone .359/.397/.547 since July 4, the third game after he returned from his face injury.

I know it’s not nice to point out, but Starlin Castro is really, really cold, and has been for a month. He’s got just 22 hits and 4 walks in his last 102 plate appearances.

For the Brewers, Ryan Braun is predictably hot, hitting .421 with four homers in his last five games.

Prince Fielder, on the other hand, has finally suffered through a cold stretch after being all universe for three months. He’s gone just .178/.315/.222 in his last 13 games, and he’s got just one homer in July.

For the praise the Brewers get for “going for it” this year and destroying their farm system in trades, Zack Greinke hasn’t been particularly good.

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 have some connection to the team or something like that.

There’s little to say for the Cubs’ rep this week. Under Victoria’s Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s beautiful watch, the Cubs put together their first three-game winning streak of the year. That she beat up on Jessica Simpson and the Astros doesn’t make her accomplishment any less impressive. She stays.

As for the Brewers, I’ve become accustomed to picking random beautiful women with beer (or, at least, bikinis with beer logos on them). Some things never change.

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.

7 responses to “Series Preview: Cubs v. Brewers, July 26 – July 28, 2011”

  1. Glenallen Hill's One Home Run

    So how fun is it going to be to see the Brewers absolutely suck next year after Prince leaves? I think very fun.

    That said, I liked what I saw against Milwaukee in the 4 game series before the Yankees came to town. I think that the Cubs have a very real chance to take two of three, my guess being that they lose the last one. Also, I remember the Cubs doing a great job of controlling Prince in that series so I think they should employ that strategy again, cold or not, and make Braun beat us alone (which he probably will do, so forget what I just said).

    1. hardtop

      eh,
      Prince has been sucking since the all star game, and they aren’t sucking as a team… so it reasonable to say they will be as good next year without prince as they would have been with him. They are hanging in the race, getting good wins and taking some tough loses despite fielders slash line looking like a hung over Soriano. obviously he’s been good for a bunch of RBI each year, but I suspect they get reasonable production from whomever they bring up and someone else will step up and get some RBI…mcgahee is having an off year, he could be the guy that covers some of princes run production next year. Am I saying they will be as good or better in 2012 and 2013? No, I just dont think Prince has much to do with it.

  2. Michigan Goat

    Soto has been on hot on this home stand

  3. Brian

    With any luck the Cubs will come back to Wrigley after this roadtrip with a fairly different roster…

  4. hardtop

    “Prince Fielder, on the other hand, has finally suffered through a cold stretch after being all universe for three months. He’s gone just .178/.315/.222 in his last 13 games, and he’s got just one homer in July.”

    wow, i sure would love the chance to pay him 25 mil a year to do that for the Cubs!
    *sarcasm*