The parade of good teams continues, as the Atlanta Braves come to Wrigley Field. The Cubs did just take two of three from the Dodgers, though, so maybe this is no big deal.
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 just took two of three from the NL West-leading Dodgers, so I’m pretty sure there’s nothing they can’t do. You’re in trouble, Braves. The Cubs have won seven of twelve.
The Braves are 18-11, a half game back of the Nationals in the NL East, and they just swept the Rockies out of Coors. They’re still in trouble.
Game Times and Broadcasts
- Monday, May 7 at 7:05 CT on WCIU.
- Tuesday, May 8 at 7:05 CT on WGN.
- Wednesday, May 9 at 1:20 CT on CSN.
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: Jeff Samardzija (3-1, 3.41), Ryan Dempster (0-1, 0.95), Paul Maholm (2-2, 6.20)
- David DeJesus, RF
- Tony Campana, CF
- Starlin Castro, SS
- Bryan LaHair, 1B
- Alfonso Soriano, LF
- Ian Stewart, 3B
- Darwin Barney, 2B
- Geovany Soto, C
Starters: Tommy Hanson (3-2, 3.74), Randall Delgado (2-3, 5.14), Tim Hudson (1-0, 6.55)
- Michael Bourn, CF
- Martin Prado, LF
- Freddie Freeman, 1B
- Brian McCann, C
- Larry Jones, 3B
- Dan Uggla, 2B
- Jason Heyward, RF
- Tyler Pastornicky, SS
Hot or Not and Whom to Watch
Ryan Dempster has the best ERA in baseball, and has been every inch of ridiculous this year, even after coming back from a quad strain. Paul Maholm is 3-0 with a 1.47 ERA in his last three starts. Jeff Samardzija, when he’s on, looks like the best pitcher in baseball. In other words: the Braves are in trouble.
Bryan LaHair has reached base in 24 straight games. No biggy.
Darwin Barney had a nice game last night, all things considered, but he remains mired in a deep slump – he’s hitting just .133/.161/.200 over his last nine games. If Adrian Cardenas or Luis Valbuena is called up soon, I’d expect them to see a start or two this week.
Chipper Jones has gone 9-17 with two homers in his last three games, despite being unspeakably old. Freddie Freeman is batting .364 with six homers and 25 RBI over his last 19 games.
Tim Hudson is making only his second start since coming back from offseason back surgery. In his first, he gave up five first inning runs to the Rockies.
Braves shortstop Tyler Pastornicky is hitting just .259/.302/.370 on the year, but he’s only 22, and he’s playing shortstop. We should probably cut him a break.
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.
There’s no decision here. The Cubs have “not lost” four consecutive series under the beautiful Marisa Miller, so she remains the team’s representative in the She-View. There are many good reasons for the Cubs to win baseball games, but this is certainly one of the better ones. Today, Marisa offers one final reminder that the Braves should watch their back.
So, the whole picking-different-things-that-aren’t-necessarily-hot-chicks approach has been working for the Cubs (the Dodgers did get the very hot Katy Perry, but she had blue hair, so that still counts). I’m not about to change it. The Braves get Atlanta local, and cook especial, Paula Deen. No, she may not be classically hot, but I have no doubt that her food is amazing. That certainly makes her a fair competitor.