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The Cubs continue the final homestand of the year with the best team in the NL Central (read: the opposite of the Astros), the Milwaukee Brewers.

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 beat the Astros in two out of three, which is about right, and the team remains close to .500 after July 31. The Cubs are now just one game behind the Pirates, passing whom is Mike Quade’s grand goal for the season. Swoot. The Cubs have lost six in a row to the Brewers, though.

The Brewers just swept the Reds after an ugly eight-game stretch that saw them drop six. They’re still way up in the NL Central, and have the second best record in the National League at 90-63.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Monday, September 19 at 7:05 CT on CSN.
  • Tuesday, September 20 at 7:05 CT on CSN.
  • Wednesday, September 21 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: Casey Coleman (2-8, 7.06), Randy Wells (7-4, 4.93), Matt Garza (8-10, 3.51)

Lineup:

  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 (almost non-existant)
  9. Pitcher

Brewers

Starters: Chris Narveson (10-7, 4.40), Chris Marcum (12-7, 3.40), Randy Wolf (13-9, 3.45)

Lineup:

  1. Corey Hart, RF
  2. Nyjer Morgan, CF
  3. Ryan Braun, LF
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Rickie Weeks, 2B
  6. Casey McGehee, 3B
  7. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
  8. Jonathan Lucroy, C
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

Starlin Castro’s consecutive games-reached-based streak is up to 31, which is awfully impressive. I know Brett Jackson will be up at some point next year, and I know Castro will continue to fill out, thus generating more power, but it’s going to be hard to justify taking him out of that leadoff spot any time soon.

Casey Coleman is running out of real estate in the Cubs’ rotation. He’s got a 6.82 ERA over his last six starts, which has actually improved his season ERA. That… isn’t good.

Randy Wells will try and rebound off of his first bad start in a while.

Random weird thing: Randy Wolf’s ERA the last time these teams faced was 3.45. Today, it’s 3.45. That’s whacky!

Chris Narveson always dominates the Cubs, but he hasn’t started in two weeks. Maybe the Cubs will catch him rusty.

Shocker: Ryan Braun is hot. When he’s not falling down on the base paths, he’s rocking it. He’s got an eight-game hitting streak, during which he’s hitting .429 with four homers and eight RBI.

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, who may have no connection to either of the teams in the series.

To continue the theme of throwing random beautiful women out there for the Cubs, how about Sara Jean Underwood? Yes, she’s probably best known for her Playboy connection, but, setting that aside, she’s genuinely crazy good looking. The proof? Despite the bevy of … less clothed options out there, I chose a picture where she’s completely covered up. And guess what? Hot.

For the Brewers, nothing changes: beautiful woman with beer. A man needs little else – at least according to the picture.

Versus

  • RY

    Make that 9 in a row. Coleman will get absolutely bombed, wont be around by the fourth and the cubs wont give Narveson a chance to show any rustiness he might have as they will consistently flail at the first couple pitches all night. If only a time warp could occur for the next 9 days and put this pathetic season to bed once and for all! I can only hope with all my heart that Marlon Byrd and Soriano are in the lineup! LaHair should start and play the whole game from here on out.

    • hardtop

      Ouch. I was with you on that prediction, but it appears the sun even shines on Colemans ass from time to time. Nice outing for the kid… That line up is frightening, but he grabbed the marble bag and went after them. Can’t believe quade pulled him before he self destructed… Wonder if old Q-ball actually learned a little sumpin sumpin during his time in the dugout… Too little, too late. Word up on lahair.

  • die hard

    nice photos …..less is more…….predict Cubs to show some spirit and refuse to let Brewers clinch by winning in their house..no control if Brewers back in while here but more difficult I believe….Would like Castro to get 200 against Brewers here….And if one more sports writer speculates as to Fielder coming here, I am going to scream…hes a DH in progress….Have to keep Morgan off bases to win…Quade under pressure to play vets given what is at stake and so I will back off slamming him if he does…a sweep could get Quade a job elsewhere next year….

  • Caleb

    One is crazy hot, airbrushed, with no beer. The other two are hot, natural (ish), with beer. I’ll take all of the above for $200, Alex.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Ha.

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