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.
Starters: Matt Garza (1-1, 3.66), Jeff Samardzija (2-1, 5.71), Chris Volstad (0-2, 6.19)
- David DeJesus, RF
- Darwin Barney, 2B
- Starlin Castro, SS
- Bryan LaHair, 1B
- Alfonso Soriano, LF
- Ian Stewart, 3B
- Geovany Soto, C
- Tony Campana, CF
Starters: Jaime Garcia (2-0, 3.06), Adam Wainwright (0-3, 9.88), Lance Lynn (3-0, 1.42)
- Rafael Furcal, SS
- Matt Carpenter, 1B
- Matt Holliday, LF
- Carlos Beltran, RF
- David Freese, 3B
- Yadier Molina, C
- Daniel Descalso, 2B
- Shane Robinson, CF
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.
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?