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.
Starters: Jeff Samardzija (4-1, 2.89), Ryan Dempster (0-1, 1.74), Paul Maholm (4-2, 4.35)
- David DeJesus, RF
- Tony Campana, CF
- Starlin Castro, SS
- Bryan LaHair, 1B
- Alfonso Soriano, LF
- Ian Stewart, 3B
- Geovany Soto, C
- Darwin Barney, 2B
Starters: Philip Humber (1-2, 5.77), John Danks (2-4, 6.46), Jake Peavy (4-1, 2.65)
- Alejandro De Aza, CF
- Gordon Beckham, 2B
- Adam Dunn, LF
- Paul Konerko, 1B
- AJ Pierbuttface, C
- Alex Rios/Dayan Viciedo, RF
- Alexei Ramirez, SS
- Brent Morel, 3B
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.
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.