Didn’t the Cubs, like, just play the Reds? Yes. Yes, they did.
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 Mets, continuing their (relative) winning ways post July-31. If Jim Hendry hadn’t already been let go, I’d be getting nervous right about now.
The Reds have slipped to four games under .5oo, having gone 4-6 in September thus far. They’re still seven games ahead of the Cubs, so at least they’ve got that going for them.
Game Times and Broadcasts
- Monday, September 12 at 6:10 CT on CSN.
- Tuesday, September 13 at 6:10 CT on CSN+.
- Wednesday, September 14 at 6:10 CT on WCIU.
- Thursday, September 15 at 6:10 CT on CSN.
Expected Starters and Lineups
These lineups are likely to be pretty close to what actually gets fielded.
Starters: Rodrigo Lopez (4-6, 4.82), Ryan Dempster (10-11, 4.74), Casey Coleman (2-7, 6.65), Randy Wells (7-4, 4.73)
- Castro, SS
- Barney, 2B
- Ramirez, 3B
- Pena, 1B (LaHair is seeing starts all over, though)
- Byrd, CF
- Soriano, LF
- Soto, C
- Colvin, RF
Starters: Dontrelle Willis (0-5, 4.21), Mike Leake (11-9, 4.00), Johnny Cueto (9-5, 2.36), Homer Bailey (8-7, 4.34)
- Brandon Phillips, 2B
- Edgar Renteria, SS
- Joey Votto, 1B
- Jay Bruce, RF
- Yonder Alonso, LF
- Drew Stubbs, CF
- Ramon Hernandez, C
- Juan Francisco, 3B
Hot or Not and Whom to Watch
Bryan LaHair thinks the world slept with his wife, and he’s showing us how he feels with his bat. In 23 plate appearances, he’s hitting .500 with a .565 OBP and a .950 SLG. For a week, he’s been Barry Bonds … if Barry Bonds’ steroids were using steroids after eating Babe Ruth.
Starlin Castro (barely) extended his hitting streak to 12, and inched closer to his frequently-stated goal of 200 hits. He’s at 187 right now.
Casey Coleman will try to bounce back from a Rodrigo Lopez-esque start last time (good for a few innings, then falls apart), and Randy Wells will try to keep rolling.
Mike Leake dominated the Cubs last week until Mr. LaHair took him deep in the 9th. Hey, look – I said that without making even a single crime reference!
Jay Bruce is up to 30 homers on the season now, and is still only 24 years old. Must be nice to have a corner outfielder like that.
Former Cubs farmhand Dontrelle Willis hasn’t won a game in a year and a half (yup, still), but… I think you know how this story plays out (yup, still).
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.
Kate Upton stays in charge of the Cubs, not only because the team won a series under her watch, but also because she is good at being good to look at.
For the Reds, we’ll stay with the not-an-actual-human-woman theme that has developed over the past couple weeks. The Reds get an underrated candy: Red Hots.