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Oh, hey, good, it’s the Dodgers. At least the Cubs catch a break after a heart-breaking, wall-punching loss.

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 are pictures of beautiful women, too.

We’re Going Streaking

The Cubs split a rain-induced two-game set with the Reds, though it should have been a sweep. It really, really, really should have been a sweep. The Cubs haven’t lost a series in a couple weeks, so, at least there’s that.

The Dodgers are 17-8. They have the best record in the National League, and they are world eaters. They did just lose two of three to the Rockies, though, so perhaps they’ve been exposed! Ha. No. I’m just playin’.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Friday, May 4 at 1:20 CT on CSN.
  • Saturday, May 5 at 12:05 CT on CSN.
  • Sunday, May 6 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: Paul Maholm (2-2, 6.20), Matt Garza (2-1, 2.67), Chris Volstad (0-3, 6.11)

Lineup:

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

Dodgers

Starters: Chad Billingsly (2-1, 2.64), TBA, TBA

Lineup:

  1. Dee Gordon, SS
  2. Mark Ellis, 2B
  3. Matt Kemp, CF
  4. Andre Ethier, RF
  5. James Loney, 1B
  6. Tony Gwynn, Jr., LF
  7. Jerry Hairston, Jr./Adam Kennedy, 3B
  8. A.J. Ellis, C
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

The Cubs’ leader in runs scored is David DeJesus, which you might expect. What you might not expect? His 13 runs scored is good for 64th(!!!!!!!!) in baseball. DeJesus is also in a deep slump, going just .200/.238/.250 in his last 10 games. Yikes.

DeJesus is actually tied in runs scored with Bryan LaHair, who is LaDiculous.™ He just keeps hitting (of his 13 runs scored, he’s driven himself in more than half the time!), and I love him for it. He just “qualified” for various leader boards, and his 1.289 OPS is the second best in baseball (only second best? How could anyone have a higher OPS? I kid, as you’ll see…).

Matt Garza is very good. That is all.

Can Chris Volstad finally have a start that actually looks good while you’re watching it, rather than merely looks good when you analyze it via advanced stats?

Don’t look now, but Geovany Soto has a .267/.450/.467 line over his last five games.

Matt Kemp is so absurdly good that he makes Bryan LaHair look merely LaDequate. His 1.356 OPS leads MLB, as do his individual components (OBP and SLG). He leads baseball in homers, is second in RBI, leads in runs scored … I could go on.

Chad Billingsly has been great this year, and has always dominated the Cubs. Today might not be fun.

If Matt Kemp weren’t so insanely hot, folks would probably be talking more about Andre Ethier, his outfield companion, who’s hitting .287/.356/.564 and actually leads baseball in RBI.

The Dodgers, on the whole, are getting ridiculous contributions from spare parts including Jerry Hairston, Jr. (.396 OBP), A.J. Ellis (.917 OPS), and Chris Capuano (2.73 ERA). They just signed Bobby Abreu, so I expect him to have five homers this series.

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.

It would be very easy to dump Marisa Miller as the Cubs’ representative after yesterday’s Marmbacle (that’s an awkward combination of Marmol and debacle – I can keep them coming), but I can’t do it. The series was another “non-loss” by the Cubs, who split the two-game set. Gotta keep that mojo going. I like to think she’s reading about how the Cubs just won.

The Dodgers get a native Southern Californian, whom I think actually looks pretty good with blue hair. Sue me. It’s Katy Perry. She’s as hot as Matt Kemp is good at baseball.

Versus

  • Andrewmoore4isu

    I like that we are Going older

  • http://justinjabs.com/blog Justin Jabs

    Come on, Brett! Miller is hot but I’ve got a soft spot for KP…

    I’ll be at the game on Sunday (first at Wrigley this season, woo!) so I echo your Volstad comments.

    Hoping that second TBA turns into Ted Lilly.

    Now the question is what to wear… Castro BP jersey or custom Jabs alternate jersey?

    Let’s take the finale! And some other games too!

  • TWC

    “…makes Bryan LaHair look merely LaDequate”

    WIN.

    “yesterday’s Marmbacle”

    not so much…

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      The latter was intentionally stupid. I’ll try to make it more clear.

      • TWC

        Oh, I know. It’s quite witty in its cringe-worthiness.

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  • hansman1982

    Brett,
    Why do you keep rolling out women that I would rather do over our Cubs rep (yes, that includes the Wendy’s Cat)????? WHY DEAR GOD!

    Fun trivia quiz. What were the Brooklyn Dodgers known as before they became the Dodgers?

    • Caleb

      What about the burrito?

      • hansman1982

        I must have missed that one. If it is a Panchero’s burrito, then that is a tough call. If it is a “The Bomb” burrito, green, then abso-freekin-lutely, gas station burritos need not apply.

    • Cubbie Blues

      The Almost Missed?

    • Stinky Pete

      I believe they were called the Bees at some point, cat $&*%&%.

  • Stu

    Just another game. If they’re lucky, they will be 10-16. Nice to see that Brett has moved on without too much criticism of management.

    Just wondering, are you being bankrolled by the Cubs for this site? I realize that it will take a lot of creativity to have fans shell out tons of cash to see this product on the field.

    • TWC

      Stu, did you read this in today’s Bullets post?

      “I am most definitely still feeling chippy about yesterday’s game (and all Marmol-related discussion will come later in its own post)…”

      Or is it just easier for you to complain?

    • SirCub

      Nope, not bankrolled by the team. He’s just that much of a fan. I really can’t imagine how hard it must be to be a Cubs fan, and have to cover them as your job. I mean, obviously there are some really awesome perks to it. But when it comes time to swallow your holy-crap-the-team-is-falling-apart-and-the-world-is-ending pessimism (inherent to every Cubs fan) and write a pre-game piece on how Paul Maholm has shown great command his last few starts… I don’t know man, that would be really hard. Props to you, Brett.

  • Ogyu

    So, who on the Cubs roster gives up the most BBs/9 innings after Marmhole? Wells and Dolis. Great! Let’s give them a shot!

  • AK

    Oh man! LaDequate for the win. Much better than LaDiculous

  • Stu

    Feeling chippy? Really? The Cubs left a guy in and blew a winnable game that seems to be happening over and over again. Where is the responsibility to the paying fan who doesn’t care about 2014 when they are shelling out $200 for a family to watch this garbage.

    This was a bad managerial move. Why is there not a meeting about it? Why is there no analysis by Brett breaking down the questionable moves by our rookie manager? Why is he exempt from learning from his mistakes?

    I will complain because these people are charging a lot for this “product”

    • DocPeterWimsey

      I know that it feels like more: but the Cubs bullpen has blown only 4 saves.  (They went on to win at least one of those games, too.)  It feels like more because the Cubs are a bad team, and bad teams have small leads late in the game much less frequently than do pretty good teams.  So, the Cubs are blowing a big proportion of their save opportunities.

      But, again, the problem until very recently was that the Cubs pitchers were giving up a lot more extra base hits than the Cubs batters were hitting.  The bullpen played a role, but only a role.  OK, Mr. Kemp is Superman: but until yesterday, he had more HR than the Cubs.  The Cubs have 2/3rds the HR of the average NL team: and it’s really, really tough to win without being at least average in that department.

      • Beer Baron

        Although part of that is due to the very poor weather in April. I’m not saying they’re the ’27 Yankees, but it was a rough month to hit anything out at Wrigley. Proof — the Cubs staff has allowed the 2nd fewest number of HRs in the majors this year, and no one would say they are that good either (by the way, the Nationals have only served up 7 all year — that’s pretty impressive). I’m not saying the offense will be good, but as we saw in just 2 warm games in Cincy there is some power on the team — not enough to win anything, but it will get better.

        By the way, looks like the wind will be blowing in all weekend again so the trend may continue.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      You know that “chippy” is the opposite of “chipper,” right?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Also, I have criticized Sveum when appropriate. I have no issue with him using Marmol as the closer yesterday (after a 1-2-3 save the day before), because I believe that’s what he’s been ordered to do. I also have no problem with that order, because, it was in the desperate hope that Marmol might reclaim a shred of value. After yesterday, it became clear that wasn’t going to happen (I said as much in a post that you appear to have ignored). And, what do you know? Now he’s not the closer anymore.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Sorry, one last thing: sometimes we have to remind ourselves.

      “This turnaround is going to take a few years. Does it really matter if we lose 90 games next year or 105?”

      -Stu, a few months ago

      • Ron

        LaBam!

    • Beer Baron

      I hate the argument that the Cubs business should stop being profitable if the team is playing poorly. Ticket prices are set by supply and demand, not wins or losses. If the ticket prices are too high, the fans won’t come. But so far they have, and once the weather improves they will continue to do so. If you want to complain, complain to the fans who support it. But the team would be pretty stupid stupid to not to get the most they can, especially considering how many things (both on and off the field) need to be fixed.

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  • djriz

    Katy’s dress doesn’t match her hair..very bad!

    • TWC

      The carpet doesn’t match the drapes?!?!

  • Idaho Razorback

    I like the blue hair!

  • Ron

    Since we now have closer by committee…how about she view rep by committee! Not by changing the rep but by doubling the viewing pleasure.

  • Spencer

    Honestly, Matt Kemp might set a single game record for home runs and RBI against Volstad on Sunday. The Dodgers might score 45 runs this series. It’s going to be bad.

    • Jay Anderson Jr

      Spencer, I agree with you that Volstad sucks, but he doesnt give up many homeruns. Kemp won’t hit a HR, but he might have 3 doubles and 2 triples.

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  • CubsFanBob

    Is there any reason why the next two LA pitchers are TBA ? Seems odd…

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  • florida Al

    marisa is still a winner winner chicken dinner…

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