The Cubs head out on the final road trip of the year with the chance to end the Cardinals’ season. 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 series, this from the division-leading Brewers. In doing so, they’ve tied the Pittsburgh Pirates for fourth place in the NL Central, which some people will tell you is a good thing.
The Cardinals have been so hot that they’re actually back in Wild Card contention (the Braves’ disastrous September has helped), having won 14 of 20 in September. But they vomited one away last night against the Mets, so they’re two back in the Wild Card.
Game Times and Broadcasts
- Friday, September 23 at 7:15 CT on CSN.
- Saturday, September 24 at 12:10 CT on WGN.
- Sunday, September 25 at 1:15 CT on CSN.
Expected Starters and Lineups
These lineups are likely to be pretty close to what actually gets fielded.
Starters: Ryan Dempster (10-13, 4.63), Rodrigo Lopez (6-6, 4.71), Randy Wells (7-5, 5.09)
- Castro, SS
- Barney, 2B
- Byrd, CF (just a guess with Ramirez out)
- Pena, 1B
- Baker/LeMahieu/DeWitt, 3B
- Soriano, LF (LaHair could grab a start here or in RF)
- Soto, C
- Colvin, RF (I’m going to keep putting him here, even though it isn’t true)
Starters: Chris Carpenter (10-9, 3.66), Kyle Lohse (14-8, 3.47), Edwin Jackson (5-2, 3.73)
- Rafael Furcal, SS
- Allen Craig, LF
- Albert Pujols, 1B
- Lance Berkman, RF
- David Freese, 3B
- Jon Jay, CF
- Yadier Molina, C
- Skip Schumaker, 2B
Hot or Not and Whom to Watch
Starlin Castro’s consecutive games-reached-based streak is now up to 34, and he’s just a hit short of 200 for the season.
Randy Wells is coming off his worst start in over a month, so he’ll try to rebound before calling it a season.
Geovany Soto has seven hits, including three homers, in his last five games. He’s raised his OPS some 25 points in the process, which he needed just to get it back over .700. It hasn’t been a good year for the Cubs’ backstop.
Ryan Dempster will get his extra start in so that he can reach 200 innings on the year. Swell.
It’s hard to imagine given where he started, but Albert Pujols’ 2011 season is no longer the worst of his career. He’s already probably passed his sophomore season, and, with a few more hits, he’ll probably top his 2007 campaign as well.
The Cardinals just extended Lance Berkman for another year after putting up an OPS near 1.000 this year at age 35. Cough. Cough. I’m sorry, the smoke is making me cough.
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.
So, here’s a random one: Anna Kendrick. I think she’s very pretty, and I’m a big ‘Up in the Air’ fan (though it might be one of the more depressing movies in recent memory). If you haven’t seen, it’s a great flick.
I’ve been pretty hard on the Cardinals all year, so I’ll throw them a bone. To prove that not all Cardinal fans are troglodytes, here are a couple pretty girls wearing Cardinal attire. They’re either fans, or staring down the barrel of a pleading, mustachioed gunman on the other side of that camera. (“It puts the Cardinals gear on or it gets the hose again.”)