The Cubs return home to Wrigley Field on a 12-game losing, and I can’t imagine that the fans – the ones who show up – will be particularly kind at the first sign of trouble. At least the Cubs get to face fellow inept team, the Padres … then again, that didn’t help with the Pirates or the Astros.

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 have lost some games in a row. They are many. The end.

The Padres have just a couple more wins than the Cubs, and have lost three in a row, plus six of seven. They are down at the bottom of the NL West, and could battle the Cubs, among other teams, for the worst record in baseball later this year.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Monday, May 28 at 1:20 CT on WGN.
  • Tuesday, May 29 at 1:20 CT on CSN.
  • Wednesday, May 30 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: Travis Wood (0-1, 3.86), Jeff Samardzija (4-3, 3.00), Ryan Dempster (0-3, 2.14)


  1. David DeJesus, RF
  2. Starlin Castro, SS
  3. Joe Mather, CF
  4. Bryan LaHair, 1B
  5. Alfonso Soriano, LF
  6. Ian Stewart, 3B
  7. Darwin Barney, 2B
  8. Koyie Hill, C
  9. Pitcher


Starters: Jeff Suppan (2-3, 4.21), Eric Stults (1-0, 1.54), Anthony Bass (2-5, 3.55)


  1. Cameron Maybin, CF
  2. Everth Cabrera, 2B
  3. Yonder Alonso, 1B
  4. Jesus Guzman, LF (or others)
  5. Chase Headley, 3B
  6. Nick Hundley, C
  7. Blake Tekotte, RF (or others)
  8. Andy Parrino, SS
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

Almost every Cubs player is “not,” and it pains me to run them all down. I guess let’s talk about Joe Mather, who is, for now, living in the starting lineup. He’s hitting .273/.351/.470 on the year, which isn’t too bad. I still expect those numbers to slip as he gets more starts.

Travis Wood is hitting .750/.750/1.250 on the year. I have never heard of sample sizes.

The Padres have really struggled this year, but they’ve been beset by a number of impactful injuries. One of those injuries is to outfielder Carlos Quentin, who could actually make his 2012 debut in this series.

The Cubs will get a look at the young man they dealt this offseason in the Anthony Rizzo deal. That would be fireballer Andrew Cashner, whom the Padres have been using in the late innings. He sports a 3.36 ERA (just 106 ERA+, though, thanks to Petco) in 21.1 innings. He’s striking out over 10 per 9, but is walking almost 6 per 9.

Chase Headley leads the Padres in most offensive categories, and is hitting .243/.358/.396 on the year. Big offseason acquisition Yonder Alonso is hitting .301/.381/.416 (good for a 127 OPS+, considering Petco’s spaciousness).

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.

Nothing I do in the She-View seems to be working for the Cubs. I’m starting to think that maybe the Cubs just aren’t good at baseball. As much as it saddens me, personally, Erin Heatherton is out as the Cubs’ rep, having not won a single game. (Damn you, Cubs.) Now we’ll turn to reader suggestions, and go with BN’er BlueHorizons’ pick, Irina Shayk. There’s no Cubs connection that I’m aware of, but I think that’s a shade of blue.

As for the Padres, how about model Lindsay Ellingson, who is from San Diego? Even if the Cubs can’t win these days, the least we can do is enjoy a lovely Series She-View. And this one is lovely.


  • jayburd2020

    “Travis Wood is hitting .750/.750/1.250 on the year. I have never heard of sample sizes.” LOL

    I will also be watching Yonder Alonso. Remember he was the top 1B prospect the Padres got from the Reds in the Mat Latos deal – a deal that is significant to the Cubs in two ways. 1.) Alonso’s acquisition by the Padres made Anthony Rizzo expendable. 2.) The 5-for-1 haul the Padres got for Latos is something the Cubs would like to come close to duplicating in a Garza trade. The Latos deal has turned out very well so far for the Padres. Many of the players the received in return are doing very well, including AAA catcher Yasmani Grandal (on offense atleast; his defense remains suspect).

  • Danny B

    Nice selection for the thumbnail. I miss that logo. It will be nice to see Cashner pitch if he gets into any games in this series. I was sad to see him go, but we shipped him off for the right price. As for Alonso, I wasn’t too impressed in the little time he spent on the Reds’ roster. I’m all about defensive first baseball and he seems clumsy. He looked like Adam Dunn at both first and in left- not a compliment. Of course now that I said that, Alonso will hit a six run homer tonight. Good gravy, here’s to hoping we end this streak today. I heard some people making fun of the Cubs on the EL on my way home last night…then the train caught on fire. Nope, not making this up. Things are going to hell in a hand basket here in good ol’ Chi.

  • hmmmm

    Regarding Soriano! Two thoughts.
    1. We keep hearing that the Cubs are willing to trade him and eat the majority of his pay. I know there is the possibility of getting a low level prospect, but at this point why don’t we just cut him loose, and eat it? You hate to just throw away that money, but this team is going no where and we may as well just let the young guys play. With his inability to even walk to first base from his knee issues, the ability to trade him continues to only decrease. (Who really wants a 36 yr/old, going on 42, who can’t play the outfield, who can’t run, and who can’t hit for power?)
    2. When Jackson is ready to be called up, would it surprise anyone to see Soriano go on the DL and get his knees fixed? That may be one way to get him off the field, let the young guys play, and possibly rehab him to a level where his stock may at least rise enough to get a prospect from some team looking for a DH.

    By the way, Volstad looked good last night, Rizzo had a good 2 run double, Jackson made the game look easy, and Marmol did get out the inning only walking one but got a lot of help from some batters who had never faced him and swung at some bad pitches. Good night, though, for the Iowa Cubs in Memphis.

  • nkniacc

    Marmol heading back to Chicago

  • True(ly) Blue

    Bring back Marisa Miller. Didn’t she have a very good run when the Cubs won 3 of 4 series about a month ago. (seems like a year ago, eh?) Irina is very beautiful but we don’t have a minor league record for her. Come on all you statisticians.
    I think that the girls will have just as much influence as the ball players on this team’s won and loss record.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Marisa was, by far, the most successful, but the massive losing streak also started under her watch.

  • djriz

    It’s true. With these two ladies, there are no losers!

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  • Spencer

    This is a must lose series for 2013 draft positioning.

  • Nathan

    Next girl (granted we need one lol) Dianna Agron or Julianne Hough. Make it happen brett

    • djriz

      With all due respect, Brett NEEDS to get off the blond kick. It’s not healthy for him (especially if his wife ISN’T blond). And if nothing else, we must care for the Brett!

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