So here we are: the final series, and preview, of the season. Fitting, perhaps, that the only thing on the line for the two teams in action is the spot they’ll be picking in next year’s draft. In that regard, the Padres are “ahead” of the Cubs by one game for the fifth spot in the draft. There are actually a number of teams all within a handful of games of each other. I’ll never (publicly) cheer for losses, but if the Cubs get swept in San Diego, I’ll probably be able to compose myself.
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 lost a heartbreaker of a series (insofar as such a thing exists for a team like the Cubs in late September) to the Cardinals by dropping back-to-back games late by one run. The Cubs can finish the year with as few as 89 losses or as many as 92.
The Padres have won six of nine, but are still so far from first place in the NL West that the light from the Diamondbacks’ June wins are only just now reaching San Diego. But, as noted in the preamble, they’re still just a game worse than the Cubs. It’s a battle to be the worst team in the NL outside of Houston!
Game Times and Broadcasts
- Monday, September 26 at 9:05 CT on WGN.
- Tuesday, September 27 at 9:05 CT on CSN.
- Wednesday, September 28 at 7:35 CT on WCIU.
Expected Starters and Lineups
These lineups are likely to be pretty close to what actually gets fielded.
Starters: Casey Coleman (3-8, 6.64), Matt Garza (9-10, 3.35), Ryan Dempster (10-13, 4.53)
Lineup (this is completely unpredictable as a unified lineup for the series):
- Castro, SS
- Barney, 2B
- Ramirez, 3B (supposed to be back)
- Pena, 1B
- Soriano, LF
- Byrd, CF
- Soto, C
- LaHair, RF
Starters: Matt Latos (8-14, 3.60), Anthony Bass (2-0, 1.66), Wade LeBlanc (4-6, 4.83)
- Will Venable, LF
- Orlando Hudson, 2B
- Cameron Maybin, CF
- Chase Headley, 3B
- Jeremy Hermida, RF
- Nick Hundley, C
- Anthony Rizzo/Jesus Guzman, 1B
- Jason Bartlett, SS
Hot or Not and Whom to Watch
Starlin Castro, who leads the league in hits, has yet another hitting streak going, this one an eight-gamer.
Catcher Steve Clevenger will get his first (and only) start, which will really help the next GM evaluate whether he can be a viable backup catcher on the big club next year. Thanks, Mike.
Casey Coleman will get one last chance to frustrate us with a good performance, and leave everyone scratching his or her head going into 2012 as to his viability.
Matt Garza will get a chance to even up his record on the year, which is completely meaningless for at least two reasons. But you better believe Mike Quade will do everything within his power to make it happen.
Padres catcher Nick Hundley is hitting .375 in September. I still can’t help but think of Todd Hundley and shudder whenever I hear Nick’s name.
Matt Latos has allowed four or fewer runs in 28 straight starts, which is pretty amazing.
Anthony Bass looks like a pretty good young arm and the Padres are actually giving him plenty of playing time in advance of 2012.
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.
For the final She-View of the season, how can I not go back to where it all started? Once more, the Chicago Cubs will be represented by the lovely Marisa Miller.
The Padres get a classic – and someone who is from San Diego, to boot: Stephanie Seymour. She was pretty awesome in the ‘November Rain’ video, and I haven’t forgotten her since.