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The Cubs welcome another NL Central foe to Wrigley Field, with the Cardinals coming into town. This is the Cubs’ second series against the Cardinals this year, having dropped two of three in St. Louis a week and a half ago. I’ll be at Tuesday and Wednesday’s games in the right field bleachers, so, if you see me, say hello.

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, expected lineups, etc. That way, if you want to check only one place to get a sense about an upcoming series, or to plan ahead, you’ve got it. Oh, and there will be pictures of beautiful women, too.

We’re Going Streaking

The Cubs dropped yet another series yesterday, losing two of three to the Reds. They’re just 4-12 on the season, and are already seven(!) games behind these Cardinals.

The Cardinals are 11-5, just took two of three from the Pirates, and are the opposite of the Cubs: they’ve won every single series they’ve played this year.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Monday, April 23 at 7:05 CT on CSN.
  • Tuesday, April 24 at 7:05 CT on CSN.
  • Wednesday, April 25 at 1:20 CT on WGN.

Expected Starters and Lineups

These lineups are likely to be pretty close to what actually gets fielded, but you’ll want to check each day’s Pre-Gamin’ post for the actual lineup.

Cubs

Starters: Matt Garza (1-1, 3.66), Jeff Samardzija (2-1, 5.71), Chris Volstad (0-2, 6.19)

Lineup:

  1. David DeJesus, RF
  2. Darwin Barney, 2B
  3. Starlin Castro, SS
  4. Bryan LaHair, 1B
  5. Alfonso Soriano, LF
  6. Ian Stewart, 3B
  7. Geovany Soto, C
  8. Tony Campana, CF
  9. Pitcher

Cardinals

Starters: Jaime Garcia (2-0, 3.06), Adam Wainwright (0-3, 9.88), Lance Lynn (3-0, 1.42)

Lineup:

  1. Rafael Furcal, SS
  2. Matt Carpenter, 1B
  3. Matt Holliday, LF
  4. Carlos Beltran, RF
  5. David Freese, 3B
  6. Yadier Molina, C
  7. Daniel Descalso, 2B
  8. Shane Robinson, CF
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

Starlin Castro is riding a 10-game hitting streak, and looks as hot as ever. On the contrary, Ian Stewart has gone ice cold (though he’s also had a run of tough luck), hitting just .100/.156/.100.

I still think it’s way too early to seriously entertain the idea of making a switch at catcher, but the stats are worth pointing out. Geovany Soto is hitting .136/.174/.273, while Steve Clevenger is hitting .556/.579/.778.

Jeff Samardzija will get another chance to show that his first start of the year wasn’t a fluke after two straight rough outings. Chris Volstad is still looking for his first good start.

The Cardinals, as a team, are pitching well. And hitting well. They’re doing everything well. Indeed, they barely have a single regular with an OPS under .900. Matt Carpenter should be embarrassed. He’s hitting just .282/.318/.513. For shame.

Lance Berkman is still out with a strained calf, and Jon Jay is in St. Louis getting his shoulder examined.

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. It is immature, and the connection to baseball is tenuous at best. These things, I know.

Dare we give Marisa Miller another shot as the Cubs’ representative? On the one hand, the Cubs lose the series against the Reds under her watch. On the other hand, they are 1-2 with Marisa in charge, and that’s a good as anyone else has done this year. Also, she’s gorgeous. I think we can stand to have her on top for at least one more series. Especially with a particularly excellent picture.

As for the Cardinals, I feel a great deal of pressure to give them an ugmo as a rep. Historically, that hasn’t seemed to work, but we’ll give it a go. How about that guy holding the “morans” sign?

Go Cubs!

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  • Steve

    Ha!! He misspelled brane!!!

    • Mike Foster

      Thanks Steve, now I gotta get the coffee out of my keyboard….

  • Jay Anderson Jr

    This lineup looks like what I just put in the bullets article, with the exception of Dejesus and Campana being swap. I don’t under stand Sveum. Campana goes 1/2 in his first game, 1/2 in second game, reach on an error caused by his speed, and was call out on another that should have been called safe. He gets on base basicly 4 out of 6 times because of his speed, and yet he’s moved to the 8 spot. Are we not trying to win. I mean, is Anthony Davis projected to be 1st in the MLB draft next year too. I mean, Damn.

    • rcleven

      I like Campy in eight spot. If he get’s on base D has a chance to drive him in. The seven and eight hole seems to be most unproductive.

  • Mrp

    I know Sveum talked about possibly using the Larussa lineup (pitcher hitting 8th) if he felt he had a speedy guy to put in the 9th spot. Do you think he might bust this out now that Campana is up?

    • bluekoolaidaholic

      WOW!
      What a great idea that is!
      With DeJesus, Barney, and Castro coming up that is almost a guaranteed run or two.

  • Myles

    Close one, but I like the Cubs’ representative more, by like 100 grains of sand.

  • Mike Foster

    BTW, Castro is still being lazy out of the box…..

  • Spoda17

    I Tweeted this, but wanted to add it here as well. Sveum is WAY over thinking the lineup… I have said this multiple times so far… let’s win the first 5 innings before we worry about winning that last 4! Also, taking out LeHair yesterday was just a bad move. He put up two lefties in the 9th anyway! Oh, and not to mention Soriano was up, and not replaced; after looking really bad at the plate up to that point.

    Someone tweeted yesterday that they really want to root for Soriano, but find it very hard to do so… I totally agree… he is trying really hard, and working hard, and all of that stuff… but he is just done! I mean really done…

    This is the situation we knew was coming (the losses), and I am actually okay with the losses, but I am starting to get irritated with the way we are losing. I actually like this team, and I think the effort is really there, but so far I am finding myself (who is an HR guy, not a baseball manager), questioning Sveum a lot more than I want too… Execution (or lack thereof) is one thing… but Dale… please, for the love of Pete… don’t turn into Q!

    Oh and Brett, how did you get that picture of my girlfriend! HA!

  • florida Al

    winner winner chicken dinner(marisa)

  • Andrewmoore4isu

    Like I feel if I saw her in public it would be duty as an a good human to help clean the sand off
    Of her

  • Cooper R

    Tonight CSN is broadcasting the Blackhawks game, anybody know what channel the Cubs game will be on?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Are they bumping it to CSN+, by chance?

      • Cooper R

        Yeah I just checked the guide on Comcast. You’re right it is on CSN+, good call, thanks.

    • Cubbie Blues

      My guess would be their Alternate channel.

  • Cardfan

    So…help me out here…Samardzija is a closet Cardinals fan who can’t spell?

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