Series Preview: White Sox v. Cubs, May 18 – May 20, 2012

The BP Crosstown Cup Series Rivalry Match-Up Classic of Chicago is finally here, and along with it, interleague play. The White Sox are coming to Wrigley, and it’s time to, like, win some games.

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 both games to the Phillies, and have now lost five of seven after going on a nice little run. They’re back to 8 games under .500 at 15 and 23. Bummer.

The White Sox just split a couple of two-game series with the Angels and Tigers, before that losing two of three to the lowly Royals. They’re 18 and 21 on the year, 4.5 out in the AL Central.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Friday, May 18 at 1:20 CT on WGN.
  • Saturday, May 19 at 6:15 CT on FOX.
  • Sunday, May 20 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.

Cubs

Starters: Jeff Samardzija (4-1, 2.89), Ryan Dempster (0-1, 1.74), Paul Maholm (4-2, 4.35)

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

White Sox

Starters: Philip Humber (1-2, 5.77), John Danks (2-4, 6.46), Jake Peavy (4-1, 2.65)

Lineups:

  1. Alejandro De Aza, CF
  2. Gordon Beckham, 2B
  3. Adam Dunn, LF
  4. Paul Konerko, 1B
  5. AJ Pierbuttface, C
  6. Alex Rios/Dayan Viciedo, RF
  7. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  8. Brent Morel, 3B
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

Welington Castillo finally had a big night last night against the Phillies with a homer and a double. If Geovany Soto’s knee is going to keep bothering him, Castillo is going to have to keep it up.

Ryan Dempster is still winless, despite having a shiny ERA under two. And folks suggest wins and losses for pitchers still matter.

Jeff Samardzija took a few swipes at the White Sox this week, so you can bet he’s going to get the best they’ve got to offer. Hopefully he can back it up.

Adam Dunn is still an all-or-nothing dude, but his numbers have returned to normal – .241/.374/.579. With a league-leading 57 strikeouts. He’s going to play some left field in this series, which could be a fun adventure.

John Danks, who got a big extension in the offseason, was supposed to lead the White Sox staff, but it’s actually been Jake Peavy, whom many figured was done. Good for him, I guess.

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.

Well, with a sweep at the hands of the Phillies, on the heels of a split and a series loss, Marisa Miller’s time as the rep of the Cubs has finally come to a close. For their next rep, I’m trying to think outside of the box a bit. I recently watched the first season of ‘Game of Thrones’ (no spoilers on Season Two!), and Daenerys Targaryen, played ably by Emilia Clarke, is all kinds of hot. So, how about Miss Clarke for the Cubs’ rep? In character, even!

The White Sox are not getting a sexy representative. They get what they get.

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Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

34 responses to “Series Preview: White Sox v. Cubs, May 18 – May 20, 2012”

  1. ShootTheGoat

    Kerry Wood just retired after 14 yrs….WOW

    1. ShootTheGoat

      The idea ran through my mind after him throwing his hat and glove into crowd… Kind of a symbolic gesture.

  2. EQ76

    I had to double take on “AJ Pierbuttface” that was priceless.

  3. SFCOtt

    Thanks for the memories Woody!

  4. Cubs1967

    Soto to DL……….actually good news. Now Castillo can show his stuff and Clevenger could be back in 10 days show his too…….

    Now if they would give Cardenas a shot………….

    (and put Lahair in LF…….Rizzo to 1st) this could be the future upon us.

    1. Mrp

      Soto’s trade value be damned, right? It isn’t a good thing man.

      1. Cubs1967

        ok theo jr………..what would he really bring……..

        marshall was a monster trade asset…….2,8 WAR; 3rd best of any RP in baseball last year. how’d that worked out for us? it didn’t. the kid 2b can’t hit above the mendoza line in high A; saffellt was so bad he could not beat out reed-dewitt or mather in ST and t wood’s spring ERA was just shy of 2 touchdownd and a field goal.

        soto’s value is greatly exaggerated; like all cubs fans think.

        who cares………let’s move on.

        1. Njriv

          I wouldn’t call these guys busts yet, its only May, a little more than 1.5 months in to a six month season and all these guys are pretty young and have plenty of time to reach their potential and potentially impact the big league club.

        2. Joe

          Soto is/was one of the best offensive catchers in baseball, and was never a bad defensive player. Trade value is about incremental improvements. No, he wasn’t going to bring us a Roy Halliday in trade. Dur. The fans that suggest that kind of thing are roughly 12 years old in age. But he did have value. Now he has none, until he has surgery, rehabs, and shows he’s recovered, which isn’t likely to all come together in one season at this point. There is a subtraction here.

          I’m glad to see Castillo/Clevenger get their shot, but I’m not so sure it outweighs the benefit of Soto having a full, healthy season and the two of them having full seasons in AAA for more development.

    2. Norm

      YAY! Cubs lost a potential asset, WHOOOOOO!

  5. HuskerCub

    All kinds of hot? Hard to tell from that picture. Did your wife help you select the photo?The sock on the other hand is not bad looking in a dirty sort of way. How about an actual Chicago girl next time like model, actress and Bud Light Hostess Crystal McCahill?

    1. MaxM1908

      Here’s a much better picture of Emilia Clarke

      http://i2.listal.com/image/3425331/600full-emilia-clarke.jpg

      1. TWC

        Yes.  Yes, that is much better.  Ace must’ve been in quite a hurry.

      2. rcleven

        Big Big improvement. Just need to put her in a Cub uniform. Can she pitch?

        1. TWC

          “Can she pitch?”

          something something “handle balls” something something

          1. rcleven

            Then she is a middle infielder.

      3. Shawon O'Meter

        WOW!!! She is so much hotter as a brunette…me likey!

  6. Drew7

    Pretty weak picture…I dont feel good about this at all.

  7. Cubbie Blues

    Brett, you should have used a screen shot from the last scene of season one.

    1. MaxM1908

      agreed

  8. TWC

    It may be sacrilege, but as much as I hate the White Sox, I’ve always kinda liked that old logo.  I just hate what it stands for.

    1. rcleven

      I may be stoned here for this statement but I don’t hate the Sux. I hate the WSux fan. I long for the Bill Veck era. Always made baseball fun to watch.

      1. TWC

        I can’t separate the two.  It’s a failing I can live with, though.

      2. Shawon O'Meter

        I might be stoned, but that’s beside the point. ;) In all seriousness, I understand your conundrum. I grew up downstate IL and never had any ill will to the Sox until I moved to Chicago and was subjected to their fan base. I remember having a red White Sox hat as a kid, always thought Dick Allen was cool, and saw several games at old Comiskey as a kid during the Chet Lemon, Lamar Johnson era. But everything changed when Hawk started doing the games and the inferiority complex kicked in.

        1. TWC

          Hippies.

        2. Joe

          Yeah, I don’t remember giving a rat’s patooki about the White Sox growing up in the 80s. They were just the other team. Almost felt bad for them, being in the AL and being the “other” team in Chicago, you know, the one nobody cared about… seriously!

        3. Dave H

          Had the same problem in Indiana. Loved that I could watch Cubs as soon as I got home from school and catch the Sox game at night. I remember Chet, Lamar, even Santo briefly. Started dating my eventual wife and I got the ole flack from the in-laws:

          Sox or Cubs fan….. I said “Both”

          Inlaws: Nope can’t be both! I said “So you guys are Sox fans?

          Inlaws: Yep season ticket holders for 4 years I said: Cubs fan definitely!

        4. rcleven

          But everything changed when Hawk started doing the games and the inferiority complex kicked in.

          What did it for me was ReinsDork. Sux were five out at at trade deadline and became sellers. Never felt the same about that team again.

          1. DocPeterWimsey

            Actually, it was 3.5 games out, albeit to an excellent Indians team that was just starting to jell.  But, anybody who thought that the ChiSox were going to catch the Indians was “crazy.”

            That is actually a trade to remember when we talk about shipping Garza off for prospects.  The ChiSox actually did relatively well for a big trade: they got Foulke and Howry.  They also got a SS named Caruso who hit well for one season due to a lucky BABiP, and then “lost it” when reality set into his life.  (The ChiSox also crapped all over him because he didn’t follow their off-season workout plan due to the death of a friend: but that had nothing to do with bloops not falling into play.)

            Getting two bullpen pieces (even if they were good ones) for a good starter still meant a net loss in the number of good innings that the ChiSox got.

    2. Bric

      Compared to logo it was replaced with, I’d take it in a second. I never knew the Vice Lords were all Sox fans. Oh wait, where does the blue come in? Must be just a crazy marketing coincidence on the South side that happens to sell a lot of caps and other Sox colored junk.

  9. Jfedwards333

    “The White Sox are not getting a sexy representative. They get what they get.”

    I love it. Fanfreakingtastic.

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  11. Fishin Phil

    Emilia Clarke must go. She has failed miserably.