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)
- David DeJesus, RF
- Starlin Castro, SS
- Joe Mather, CF
- Bryan LaHair, 1B
- Alfonso Soriano, LF
- Ian Stewart, 3B
- Darwin Barney, 2B
- Koyie Hill, C
Starters: Jeff Suppan (2-3, 4.21), Eric Stults (1-0, 1.54), Anthony Bass (2-5, 3.55)
- Cameron Maybin, CF
- Everth Cabrera, 2B
- Yonder Alonso, 1B
- Jesus Guzman, LF (or others)
- Chase Headley, 3B
- Nick Hundley, C
- Blake Tekotte, RF (or others)
- Andy Parrino, SS
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).
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.