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The Cubs head up the road to Milwaukee with a bit of momentum in their pants. It’s a battle for last place in the NL Central!

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 won ANOTHER series, this time against the Braves, and having not lost a series in their last five. The team is 13-18, tied for last in the NL Central (but on the rise) with …

The Brewers have lost four straight series, and are decidedly not on the rise. Their 13-18 record puts them a surprising seven games out in the NL Central.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Friday, May 11 at 7:10 CT on WGN.
  • Saturday, May 12 at 12:05 CT on FOX.
  • Sunday, May 13 at 1:10 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 (2-1, 2.67), Chris Volstad (0-4, 6.55), Jeff Samardzija (4-1, 3.03)

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. Geovany Soto, C
  8. Darwin Barney, 2B
  9. Pitcher

Brewers

Starters: Randy Wolf (2-3, 6.68), Shaun Marcum (1-1, 3.41), Marco Estrada (0-2, 4.50)

Lineup:

  1. Nyjer Morgan, CF
  2. Rickie Weeks, 2B
  3. Ryan Braun, LF
  4. Aramis Ramirez, 3B
  5. Corey Hart, RF
  6. Jonathan Lucroy, C
  7. Taylor Green, 1B
  8. Cesar Izturis, SS
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

Bryan LaHair, all kinds of awesome, top three hitter in baseball, absurdly long on-base streak, blah, blah, blah.

It’ll be nice to see Matt Garza back on the mound. He missed only one start, but it feels like it’s been forever. The last time he faced the Brewers he had a shutout locked down until he threw that ball hilariously into the stands. He can help the Cubs’ starting pitchers keep up a ridiculous run of a 2.52 ERA over their last 17 games.

Alfonso Soriano has a .579 OPS. This cannot continue.

After a bit of a slump, David DeJesus has caught fire. In his last six games, DeJesus sports a .350/.519/.550 line.

John Axford and his mustache have converted 49 consecutive saves. Don’t get me wrong, I’d prefer we don’t even see him this series, but wouldn’t it be sweet to watch the Cubs end that streak?

Clearly Ryan Braun wasn’t getting his ability from a bottle, as he’s hitting .313/.363/.670 on the year (try to figure out what parts of that are sarcastic). Still not sure about Jonathan Lucroy, who is somehow hitting .321/.370/.476.

Aramis Ramirez, ever the quick starter, is still hitting just .219/.266/.386.

The Cubs luck out this series by missing BOTH Zack Greinke and Yovani Gallardo, so hopefully they can capitalize.

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.

I’m not saying I’m the reason the Cubs have been hot of late, but since installing Marisa Miller as the Cubs’ representative, they haven’t lost a series. She stays, we smile.

For the Brewers, nothing changes from year to year: beautiful woman with beer. A man needs little else – at least according to the picture.

Beer is good, but Marisa is awfully pretty…

Versus

  • Rynomite

    Could you at least go with a fat ugly wench with a couple of steins? Even with the extra hot pic of Marissa, I am finding myself torn.

  • Spoda17

    Brett, you may have jinxed us!!! The chic you chose for the Brewers… uh, I may like that pic a bit… what’s hotter than a hot chic, showing some cleavage, pounding two beers! I’m mean… I’m only a MAN!

  • Jeff

    Just pretend the beer steins have Natty Ice in them…lol

    • Fishin Phil

      Thanks Jeff, that snapped me out of my trance.

  • Brian

    Even with natty ice, it is still a pretty even match up. I’m pretty sure those steins are filled with NA beer.

  • Ivy Walls

    Cubs will not be able to put together an extended win streak until Volstad breaks through, not just eating up innings but holding the opposition down to 1 or 2 runs.

    As for Soriano I am wondering when Sveum builds enough capital and evidence to reduce his playing time to a part-time/pinch hitter off the bench. Rather see Mather out there now and then see how LaHair might be able to handle LF if/when Rizzo ascends to the Show again.

  • alex

    same lineup every game, Mather ??? Castillo ???

    • FromFenwayPahk

      ummm…”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.”

      • TWC

        Pretty much.

        I’d actually be surprised if we saw much of Castillo this series, as I seem to be of the mind that Soto usually hits in Milwaukee pretty well.

    • Senior Lake

      I suspect everyone’s favorite Cub, Jeff Baker, may find his way into the lineup tonight. I wouldn’t hold my breath on Mather or Castillo.

       

      • MaxM1908

        Based on his stats against Wolf, I would probably start him too. But, where? Ian Stewart and LaHair also have good stats against him. Maybe we’ll see LaHair in LF tonight? http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/batvspitch/_/id/4087/teamId/16/

        • Senior Lake

          No way LaHair should sit. If Baker takes anyone’s spot tonight my vote would be Barney.

          • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

            Mine would be Stewart. Lefty/lefty.

            • rcleven

              Small sample size for Stewart against Wolf but it seems Ian sees Wolf’s pitches pretty good.

              2 for 5 with a double and a HR.

  • wernert

    I had some momentum in my pants once. Man, was I embarrased about that.

  • MaxM1908

    Here’s a better beer-drinking Brewers representative: http://cdn.lastangryfan.com/wp-content/uploads/brewersfan.jpg?adb689

  • gratefulled

    Bring back the cat with the pigtails!

  • MXC

    I thought I remembered Marisa Miller at a Cubs game a few years ago…

    http://www.faniq.com/blog/Marisa-Millers-Cubs-Game-First-Pitch-in-Photo-Form-Timeout-Blog-8295

  • FromFenwayPahk

    Fox will probably run MetsMarlins game in my market tomorrow. I guess I want to see that new Florida stadium a bit more. So, I’ll be seeing that monstrosity of a statue/fountain in their outfield instead of our MONSTER, Volstad, in the infield. Post often in the game thread, please.

  • MaxM1908

    I’m loving tonight’s lineup: Johnson cf, Baker rf, Castro ss, LaHair 1b, Soriano lf, Mather 3b, Castillo c, Barney 2b, Garza p. The only questionable is Soto not starting with his numbers against Wolf. But, he’s struggling at the plate, so maybe they figure he needs a night off.

    • rcleven

      Kind of scares the hell out of me. Johnson leading off? Really?

      • MaxM1908

        I expect some good things tonight from Baker, Mather, and perhaps even Johnson. Castillo could also have a breakout game tonight. It’d be nice to finally see that power of his.

  • Blitzenjohn

    Sveum is starting half the bench tonight?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      No.

      The entire bench except for Cardenas.

      • Brian

        Dang, now I have to adjust my entire fantasy roster.

    • MaxM1908

      It’s a right-handed heavy lineup against a lefty. Am I mistaken or is LaHair the only lefty in the lineup tonight? Baker has a great track record against Wolf, so it will be interesting to see if he can make some things happen in the two hole. I’ll bet he’ll be better tonight than Campana would have.

      • Smitty

        Anybody know what Soriano’s #s are against Wolf?

        • Cubbie Blues

          Not the numbers you were asking for but Soriano got the day of the day before the off-day to have an extra day. He stands to reason that he would get back in there today (if he is going to stay in the line-up).

        • MaxM1908

          .257 /.325 /.457, 35 ABs, 2 HR, 2BB

  • Brian

    Let’s get Wolf outta there and let them bring in the righty RP’s!!!!

  • Idaho Razorback

    I resent the Natty Ice comments. I drown myself in Natty Ice and when I’m out of Natty Ice I move to Steel Reserve or High Gravity.

  • Jfedwards333

    The thing about these two girls in the She-View is: YES.

    I agree with both of them. Can’t we all just get along? And by that I mean, shouldn’t we kick the Brewers while they’re down and steal their women?

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  • Andy Russell

    Maybe the Milwaukee girl could have had a nice sausage in her hand?

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