Series Preview: Pirates v. Cubs, September 2 – September 4, 2011

The Chicago Cubs now face, arguably, the first team whose season they spoiled in August.

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 took two of three from the Giants, severely damaging the Giants’ playoff hopes. They finished August at 16-13. Hooray!

The poor, poor Pirates. Since August 1 (they first day of a four-game sweep at the hands of the Cubs), the Pirates have lost an MLB-worst 23 games. They’ve lost five in a row, and are now a mere three games ahead of the Cubs.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Friday, September 2 at 1:20 CT on CSN.
  • Saturday, September 3 at 12:05 CT on WGN.
  • Sunday, September 4 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: Ryan Dempster (10-10, 4.76), Casey Coleman (2-7, 7.14), Randy Wells (6-4, 5.06)

Lineup:

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

Pirates

Starters: Brian Burres (0-0, -.–), Ross Ohlendorf (0-1, 6.27), Charlie Morton (9-8, 3.74)

Lineup:

  1. Jose Tabata, RF
  2. Alex Presley, LF
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Neil Walker, 2B
  5. Garrett Jones, 1B
  6. Josh Harrison, 3B
  7. Ryan Doumit, C
  8. Ronny Cedeno, SS
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

Casey Coleman will try to build off of his best start of the year, with hopes that he’ll be given a chance to compete for a rotation spot next year.

Ditto Randy Wells on all of that.

Reed Johnson is slumping, with a .250/.294/.281 line since mid-August.

Brian Burres makes his first start of the year for the Pirates after scuffling at AAA, so the odds of a shutout are high.

Ronny Cedeno is riding a five-game hitting streak (which has GOT to be a career-high for him), and he’s hit safely in eight of nine games. I’m not sure he hit safely in eight games total in his years with the Cubs.

Former Cub farmhand Josh Harrison is hitting .353 with five doubles, a triple, and a homer in his last 10 games. Yeah, well … the Cubs have John Grabow!

Derrek Lee won’t get to return to Wrigley Field this time around, as he’s still recovering from a broken wrist. Derrek Lee and wrists, man.

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.

So, the Cubs just won a series against the World Champs with Zooey Deschanel at the helm, so she stays. I keep saying that she’s stuck in my head because I see previews for her new sitcom on NBC, but I’ve been corrected: the show is apparently on Fox.

And, yes, her photo this week is a little odd. But I still dig it.

As for the Pirates, how about Taylor Swift in a black dress? She’s originally from Pennsylvania, so, like, that’s Pittsburgh-ish.

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.

5 responses to “Series Preview: Pirates v. Cubs, September 2 – September 4, 2011”

  1. Fishin Phil

    Taylor looks like she could use a sammich.

  2. MichiganGoat

    For all you wanting a Game Thread there is one up for today’s game on the message board http://www.bleachernation.com/forum/index.php?/topic/22-cubs-vs-pirates-922011/ enjoy

  3. RY

    Swift is ugly as hell, we better win this freakin series too! great a guy we have never faced before, we will make him look like cy young.

  4. RY

    yep pretty much what i thought, making burress look great, we will get swept.

  5. dreese

    haha Brett your too funny! “Ronny Cedeno is riding a five-game hitting streak (which has GOT to be a career-high for him)

    “Former Cub farmhand Josh Harrison is hitting .353 with five doubles, a triple, and a homer in his last 10 games. Yeah, well … the Cubs have John Grabow!”