Series Preview: Cubs v. Mets, September 9 – September 11, 2011

You never want to suggest that something related to September 11th is “cool,” but the Cubs being in New York to take on the Mets on the 10th anniversary of an event that, while unspeakably tragic, united a nation who largely rallied around baseball, well … it’s pretty cool.

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 yet another post-July series this week, beating the Reds in two of three. I have trouble bringing myself to actively root against the Cubs, but, reflecting on the last month and a half… I kind of wish the Cubs hadn’t won quite so many meaningless games.

The Mets know a thing or two about meaningless wins. They’re just three games under .500, but long out of the playoff hunt. Until dropping a doubleheader to the Braves yesterday, the Mets had won 10 of their last 13.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Friday, September 9 at 6:10 CT on CSN.
  • Saturday, September 10 at 12:10 CT on CSN+.
  • Sunday, September 11 at 7:05 CT on ESPN.

Expected Starters and Lineups

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

Cubs

Starters: Casey Coleman (2-7, 6.61), Randy Wells (7-4, 4.86), Matt Garza (8-10, 3.52)

Lineup:

  1. Castro, SS
  2. Barney, 2B
  3. Ramirez, 3B
  4. Pena, 1B (though LaHair is actually seeing some starts all over the place)
  5. Byrd, CF
  6. Soriano, LF
  7. Soto, C
  8. Colvin, RF
  9. Pitcher

Mets

Starters: Mike Pelfrey (7-11, 4.68), Chris Capuano (10-12, 4.63), Miguel Batista (1-0, 2.25)

Lineup:

  1. Jose Reyes, SS
  2. Ruben Tejada, 2B
  3. Lucas Duda, RF
  4. David Wright, 3B
  5. Angel Pagan, CF
  6. Jason Bay, LF
  7. Nick Evans, 1B
  8. Mike Nickeas, C
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

Starlin Castro has reached base in 21 consecutive games, and has a nine-game hitting streak. He’s at 182 hits for the year, and, with a stated goal of reaching 200, you can’t bet he won’t be taking too many walks over these last few weeks.

Matt Garza has been pretty great for a while, sporting a 2.23 ERA over his past seven starts. Save some for next year, homie.

The magic of small sample sizes: Bryan LaHair is hitting .385/.385/.692 on the season. Er, um, in 13 at bats.

Darwin Barney remains in a deep, deep slump. He’s gone a pathetic .079/.122/.132 over his past 12 games, and his line is just .263/.304/.328 since April.

Jason Bay, one of the bigger free agent busts in recent memory, is riding a seven-game hitting streak, during which he’s hitting .435 with three homers. At least there’s that.

Since he came back from his second hamstring injury of the year, Jose Reyes has been good, but it looks like his speed hasn’t been there. He’s slugging just .349 (most of his slugging comes from an ability to extend singles to doubles, and doubles to triples), and has just one steal in 11 games.

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.

We’re running out of series on the year, so it’s time to break out some favorites (and/or reps that I find humorous… as you’ll see), who may have no connection to either of the teams in the series.

Reader Bails suggested Kate Upton for the Cubs, and, upon review, that was the correct answer. I don’t even know the question. But the answer is most definitely Kate Upton.

The Mets get another reader suggestion, this from reader die hard: a Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog. I choose not to read into the phallic nature of the suggestion, and, instead, recognize it only as a delicious-looking New York native.

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.

18 responses to “Series Preview: Cubs v. Mets, September 9 – September 11, 2011”

  1. ISU Birds

    That hot dog looks delicious. But if I could, I would not eat another hot dog in my life if I could have Kate Upton. With that in mind Go Cubs!

    1. miggy80

      Iowa State Chokes their a put on. Let’s GO HAWKS!

  2. TWC

    Man, that chick looks 12.  Kinda creepy.  Am I just getting old?

    And what the hell is that “hot dog”?  THIS is a goddamn hotdog:

    1. Bails17

      She might look 12 from the neck up.  I don’t know what the 12 year olds look like in your neck of the woods but we don’t have any like that around here!!!

      However…I do agree on the hot dog statement!

  3. MichiganGoat

    Good job Bails it’s nice to see a Michigan born lady represent the Cubs… And I sooo want to see her eat that hot dog…. I mean see the Cubs beat the Mets

    1. Bails17

      Ahhh…I am a happy man.  Kate Upton and processed meat covered with cheese and onions all in one thread.  Life is good!  Go Cubs!!

  4. willis

    I would love Barney grabbing pine and letting Lemahieu get all three starts (and ongoing from here on out). Barney was a cute story and has had an ok season, but he’s gone glacier cold and Lemahieu just might be the future at 2nd. Let’s find out? Not likely.

    1. CubFan Paul

      quade wouldnt dare start LeMahieu over Barney 3 straight days! ..thats blasphemy because Barney has somehow earned to continue to suck

  5. die hard

    Brett….you are true to your word….thanks for being receptive to idea…..and I would prefer TWC’s Chicago dog over Nathans or the implants on that ill advised girl …whatever man guilt tripped her into getting those should have to wear a like pair below the belt ..go cubs

  6. Karen P

    After reading the comments on this, I only have the following response: (with a dramatic eye roll) …Men. Kate Upton is so photo-shopped, it’s absurd.

    In news relevant to baseball: it’s disappointing that Barney couldn’t have had a better year. He wasn’t awful, but depending on how far the new GM takes the rebuilding process, a stronger season could have helped increased his trade value. And LaHair looks like an All-Star based on the sample size.

    1. MichiganGoat

      Um I support anything Michigan no matter how much airbrushing or photoshopping has happened.

    2. Internet Random

      Actually, I don’t think that picture does her justice. (Okay, maybe it does her body justice… just not her face.)  Judge for yourself:  YouTube Video

      1. Internet Random
  7. die hard

    glad to be back

  8. Laura

    THAT’S a hot dog? New Yorkers will put anything in their mouths.

    I’m still laughing at die hard’s visual of guys walking around with nut implants. Priceless.