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The Cubs head out West to take on the Giants in San Francisco for four games – quite a change from facing the Padres for three at Wrigley.

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 won three games in a row! I don’t have any other details at this time, but I know that the last three games were wins. That’s all that matters.

The Giants have won nine of fourteen, and two of those five losses came in a series split with the scorchingly hot Marlins. So, it’s fair to say that the Giants are pretty hot right now, themselves. They’re three games over .500, and five games back of the Dodgers in the NL West.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Friday, June 1 at 9:15 CT on WGN.
  • Saturday, June 2 at 6:15 CT on FOX.
  • Sunday, June 3 at 3:05 CT on WGN.
  • Monday, June 4 at 2:45 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: Paul Maholm (4-3, 4.62), Matt Garza (2-3, 4.22), Travis Wood (0-1, 5.94), Jeff Samardzija (5-3, 3.09)

Lineup:

  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. Steve Clevenger, C (do he and Barney move back up the order?)
  9. Pitcher

Giants

Starters: Madison Bumgarner (5-4, 3.14), Matt Cain (5-2, 2.79), Barry Zito (4-2, 3.41), Ryan Vogelsong (3-2, 2.36),

Lineup:

  1. Gregor Blanco, RF
  2. Ryan Theriot, 2B
  3. Melky Cabrera, LF
  4. Buster Posey, C
  5. Angel Pagan, CF
  6. Brandon Belt, 1B
  7. Joaquin Arias
  8. Brandon Crawford, SS
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

This isn’t so much a “whom” to watch, but a what: tomorrow’s game will be a 1912 throwback, complete with jerseys (including those of the “New York Giants”), no video replays, a “vintage” looking scoreboard, peanuts for 5 cents, organ music, and lineups announced from the field via megaphone. Pretty cool.

Darwin Barney has been blisteringly hot in his last six games, going .381/.458/.810. Also hot of late? Starlin Castro, who’s gone .367/.387/.633 during a seven-game hitting streak.

Matt Garza could use a good start after back-to-back disastrous starts against the Astros and Pirates. Indeed, him pitching well might be the single most important thing happening in this entire series. No pressure, though, Matt.

Yes, that is Ryan Theriot in the Giants’ lineup.

Melky Cabrera’s May line is crazy: .429/.457/.647. The Giants got him for Jonathan Sanchez, who’s currently rehabbing for the Royals in the minor leagues.

Madison Bumgarner is 0-3 with a 4.33 ERA over his last four starts after winning five starts in a row.

How nice would it be to stumble ass-backwards into a dominant starter like Ryan Vogelsong? Speaking of ass-backwards starters, Barry Zito is, like, pitching well this year. What is going on?!

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.

No surprise here, but Irina Shayk is staying in charge after the Cubs swept the Padres. There’s no Cubs connection that I’m aware of, but that apparently doesn’t matter.

As for the Giants, I like to go with someone very tall (get it?). How about international model Tiiu Kuik? She’s 6’2″ and all kinds of pretty.

And, hey, look at me – I even got the colors of their attire to match their respective teams. Win!

Versus

  • Spencer

    It’s neat when Castro’s second number in his line doesn’t match the first number. I wish that happened more often.

    • SirCub

      +1

  • LWeb23

    If I am predicting the series based on the women, I say Giants take 3 out of 4. If I predict the series based on the teams right now, I’ll optimistically go with a split. While Zito’s numbers don’t look bad at all, he isn’t striking out many batters and is walking too many. He has been fairly lucky this year. Bumgardner as you said, has hit a rough patch and I think we’ll be able to get to him.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Who wins the fourth game?

      • LWeb23

        haha i edited it just a couple seconds before your comment

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Bah. Now I look like a dunce…

          • LWeb23

            or maybe i just didnt hit refresh before you commented, who knows

  • JK

    Did the Cubs mess up by not giving Angel Pagan more of a shot in the outfield? He seems to produce for the Mets and the Giants. But he is not good enough for the Cubs?

    • Spencer

      our standards are pretty high.

      • JK

        That explains it.

    • SouthernCub

      one word : Dusty

    • LWeb23

      It is unfortunate he never got much of a chance. In his last year with the Cubs, he hit .364/.306/.439 in just 148 AB’s. He never really had much of a chance with the Cubs OF that consisted of Soriano, Pie, Jacque Jones, Cliff Floyd, and Matt Murton to name a few. There were also sprinkles of Sam Fuld, Eric Patterson, and Craig Monroe.
      Pagan never saw the field full time until 2010 with the Mets, so I can’t really blame for the Cubs not waiting around for him while they had teams that were competing in ’08 and ’09. It would have been nice, just unfortunate it didn’t work out.

  • Andrewmoore4isu

    Can I get a full body shot of the second lady please

  • Ivy Walls

    Got to think that Cubs are looking at changes at 3B and CF, but the question is when.

    Who has an available 3B? Lot of injuries out there?

    • LWeb23

      Red Sox are looking to move Youk.
      http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2012/06/red-sox-intend-to-trade-kevin-youkilis.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

      Personally, I would take a pass. I think it is either David Wright in the offseason if he elects for FA, or we are waiting for Vitters or Lake.

      • FromFenwayPahk

        Youk’s best fit is part time 1st and DH. I know Cafardo mentions a nest of National League teams, but I’d guess Am League unless someone is making a run this year and has a big, sudden need at first. Third is wearing him down.

    • rcleven

      Theo is too patient than us fans. Stewart was signed for two years and I suspect you will be seeing him into 13. Then other options will be looked at.

    • willis

      Not sure if looking for a change necessarily. Jackson will be the CF before the year is up and into next year. And if the balls bounce right, eventually it will be Szczur manning CF.

      As far as third…Stewart isn’t the answer. I’m not a huge fan and eventually sub .200 is sub .200. Vitters and Lake are waiting in the wings, and eventually it will be Baez over there. Not sure if it’s worth other options right now or not. But for this year I think we’re stuck with Stewart. When Jackson comes up maybe he (Stewart) and Mather platoon at 3B.

  • hansman1982

    Brett, have you ever thought about keeping the opponent she-view after a sweep like we just had?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Hmm. Nope, never thought of it before, but it’s an interesting idea.

  • willis

    Castro is hot in the 2 spot…weird.

    And I would definitely think about moving Clevenger up some in the lineup. Maybe to 6th, put Stewart 7th and Barney 8th. Or, move Clevenger to 3rd. Dude has proven he can rake…why not give him the chance to rake in run producing spots? Until he proves that he can’t.

  • rcleven

    (do he and Barney move back up the order?)

    Leave em right where the are. That 6,7,8 spot has been killing this team all season with very little production. Barney is raking it right now but will fall back to his norm. Clevenger has been quite a pleasant surprise. The back end needs to keep up this production for the Cubs to be suscessful.

  • Jesse

    Can we see Campana once? Please? He was hitting at a decent level and Mather hasnt done much since coming in. Sveum needs to get over his two man crushes (Mather) (Stewart) I can live with Mather playing 3rd and Campana in CF.

  • rycott

    I’m taking my wife to SF and we’ll be at the game on Monday. She’s had a pretty rough year and she would be all kinds of excited if she could get Dempsters autograph. Any advice on what time to get there and were to go in the stadium in order to have a chance at that? Thanks.

  • die hard

    Ricketts to interview Tidrow to have someone to watch over Theo?…

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      God I’ve missed this.

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