The Cubs open the final homestand of the year with the best bad team in baseball, the Houston Astros.

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 the first of a four-game set against the Reds before dropping the final three. The world had momentarily shifted off its axis, but all feels right once again.

The Astros are the only team worse than the Cubs in the NL Central – by a whopping 13.5 games. When the Astros go for that first draft pick, they GO for it.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Friday, September 16 at 1:20 CT on CSN.
  • Saturday, September 17 at 12:05 CT on WGN.
  • Sunday, September 18 at 1:20 CT on CSN.

Expected Starters and Lineups

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


Starters: Matt Garza (8-10, 3.54), Rodrigo Lopez (5-6, 5.04), Ryan Dempster (10-12, 4.66)


  1. Castro, SS
  2. Barney, 2B
  3. Ramirez, 3B
  4. Pena, 1B
  5. Byrd, CF
  6. Soriano, LF (LaHair has been sniping some starts here)
  7. Soto, C
  8. Colvin, RF (less and less)
  9. Pitcher


Starters: Wandy Rodriguez (11-10, 3.51), Henry Sosa (2-4, 5.02), Brett Myers (5-13, 4.52)


  1. Jordan Schafer, CF
  2. Clint Barmes
  3. J.D. Martinez, LF
  4. Carlos Lee, 1B
  5. Brian Bogusevic, RF
  6. Jimmy Paredes, 3B
  7. Jose Altuve, 2B
  8. Humberto Quintero, C
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

Matt Garza has killed it at Wrigley Field this year, which is good sign going forward. He’s got a 2.64 ERA at home.

Starlin Castro has reached base safely in 28 straight games. He’s also just seven hits short of 200 on the season.

Carlos Pena has three homers and 10 RBI in his last seven games. His batting average is the highest its been since 2008, and his .836 OPS is good for 9th in all of baseball (ahead of a couple guys named Howard and Teixiera). Bet you didn’t see that one coming.

Carlos Lee has hit safely in 21 of 23 games, and he’s got his OPS up to .783, which is impressive given that it treaded around Alex Rios territory for the first half of the year.

Wandy Rodriguez apparently took offense to all the trade deadline chatter that had him not worth half his contract – he’s gone 4-2 with a 3.00 ERA in his last seven starts.

The Astros’ offense is … not good. Homers aren’t the end-all be-all of offense, but, Matt Downs has eight, and he’s third on the team. E.I.G.H.T.

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.

Well, Kate Upton was an excellent (and surprisingly controversial) rep for the Cubs over the last few series, but it’s time to move on. I genuinely don’t remember if she’s yet made an appearance, but, even if she has, it’s happening: Miranda Kerr is the Cubs’ rep this series. No explanation necessary.

As for the Astros, they get Julianne Hough. She’s not actually from Texas, but doesn’t she seem like she would be? Whateves – she’s pretty. The Astros could use a little pretty in their lives.


  • Ron

    Can you tie a three game series? Yikes.

  • Toosh

    Mmm!!! Me like!!!

  • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

    Check out today’s game day thread over on the message board:


    I’ll do my best to give reactionary, inconsistent play-by-play

  • http://calebshreves.blogspot.com Caleb

    Very nice- I like. How much?

  • die hard

    Lone Star vs. Goose Island

    Bronze Medal Winner 2010 World Beer Cup®
    Lone Star Beer American-Style Cream Ale or Lager

    The best in Texas. The best in America. And now, one of the best in the world. Lone Star Beer won the Bronze Medal for best “American Style Cream Ale or Lager” at the 2010 World Beer Cup. Beers from around the world competed and the National Beer of Texas prevailed. Not only do 49 states have a bad case of Texas envy, but so does the rest of the world. Gold Medal Winner 2007 & 2008 Great American Beer
    Festival®, American-Style Cream Ale or Lager

    The folks at the Great American Beer Festival® know good beer (even if they’re not from Texas) and that’s why for the second year in a row, Lone Star has won the Gold Medal for best “American Style Cream Ale or Lager.”

    And while there’s a little gold on the label of every can and bottle of Lone Star, the real gold is on the inside. But you knew that already, didn’t you?

    So, next time you tell somebody that Lone Star is the best lager in Texas, don’t worry, you’re not bragging!

    Lone Star beer uses the finest hops from the Pacific Northwest with hearty grains from the Central and Northern Plains. Malted barley and corn extract combine to provide Lone Star with nature’s finest ingredients for brewing. Lone Star’s ingredients give this beer its full natural flavor. The choicest hops lend complexity and aroma to this beer, and its proprietary mashing regimen creates the perfect balance of alcohol, body, and character.


    Company History
    When the first Goose Island Brewpub opened its doors in 1988, domestic, mass-produced beer was deeply ingrained in Midwestern culture. The craft beer industry was still in its infancy, with only a handful of brewpubs in existence in the Midwest. In his travels across Europe, beer-lover John Hall had enjoyed a distinctive local brew in each region he visited. Hall was convinced that Midwesterners could produce beers as good or better than those he’d tasted in his travels. Living on the shore of the largest system of fresh water on the planet Earth, in a city with rapidly evolving tastes – John decided that his hometown, Chicago, would be the ideal place to do just that.

    The key to building interest in craft beer, Hall decided, was to allow consumers to watch the brewing process – while providing them with the then-novel experience of enjoying a wide variety of distinctive beers that had been produced on-site. Hall wanted to not only cater to his customers’ tastes, but to challenge them as well. Goose Island’s brewers set to work crafting a diverse selection of unique beers – and on Friday, May 13, 1988 the Goose Island Brewpub was born.

    It turned out that John was right; Chicagoans palates evolved rapidly once Goose Island’s Brewpub opened its doors and introduced the city to distinctive craft beer. By 1995, the brewpub had become so popular that John Hall decided to open a larger brewery and bottling plant to keep up with demand. Finding still more room for growth, in 1999 Hall opened a second Goose Island Brewpub just a stone’s throw away from historic Wrigley Field.

    Today, Goose Island continues to brew an innovative selection of over 50 craft beers at the brewpub, the best of which are then bottled at our Fulton Street brewery. Goose Island beers are now enjoyed in 26 states and Europe.

    • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

      You should post this on the message board in the Beer Review section and cite your sources.

      • TWC

        Yeah!  MLS citation style preferred, thanks.

  • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

    You know I prefer APA, but a simple web link works in casual setting or blockquotes

    • TWC


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