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.
Starters: Casey Coleman (2-7, 6.61), Randy Wells (7-4, 4.86), Matt Garza (8-10, 3.52)
- Castro, SS
- Barney, 2B
- Ramirez, 3B
- Pena, 1B (though LaHair is actually seeing some starts all over the place)
- Byrd, CF
- Soriano, LF
- Soto, C
- Colvin, RF
Starters: Mike Pelfrey (7-11, 4.68), Chris Capuano (10-12, 4.63), Miguel Batista (1-0, 2.25)
- Jose Reyes, SS
- Ruben Tejada, 2B
- Lucas Duda, RF
- David Wright, 3B
- Angel Pagan, CF
- Jason Bay, LF
- Nick Evans, 1B
- Mike Nickeas, C
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.
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.