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.
Starters: Casey Coleman (2-8, 7.06), Randy Wells (7-4, 4.93), Matt Garza (8-10, 3.51)
- Castro, SS
- Barney, 2B
- Ramirez, 3B
- Pena, 1B
- Byrd, CF
- Soriano, LF (LaHair has been sniping some starts here)
- Soto, C
- Colvin, RF (almost non-existant)
Starters: Chris Narveson (10-7, 4.40), Chris Marcum (12-7, 3.40), Randy Wolf (13-9, 3.45)
- Corey Hart, RF
- Nyjer Morgan, CF
- Ryan Braun, LF
- Prince Fielder, 1B
- Rickie Weeks, 2B
- Casey McGehee, 3B
- Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
- Jonathan Lucroy, C
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.
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.