The Cubs head back to Milwaukee to take on the Brewers, while licking their West Coast wounds. The Cubs are having serious troubles on the road right now, but maybe Miller Park will feel close enough to home?
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 are pictures of beautiful women, too.
We’re Going Streaking
The Cubs were just swept by the Giants out in San Francisco, so they may be fixing to go on another 12-game losing streak. The last one started the series after the Cubs took on …
The Brewers are hanging around in the NL Central, thanks in part to their performance, and in part to the struggles at the top of the Division. They just dropped a series to the Pirates, but, before that, swept the Dodgers in four. They’re six games under .500, but just 6.5 games out.
Game Times and Broadcasts
- Tuesday, June 5 at 7:10 CT on WGN.
- Wednesday, June 6 at 7:10 CT on CSN.
- Thursday, June 7 at 1:10 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: Ryan Dempster (0-3, 2.90), Paul Maholm (4-4, 4.82), Matt Garza (2-4, 4.10)
- Tony Campana, CF
- Starlin Castro, SS
- David DeJesus, RF
- Alfonso Soriano, LF
- Bryan LaHair, 1B
- Ian Stewart, 3B
- Darwin Barney, 2B
- Steve Clevenger, C
Starters: Yovani Gallardo (4-4, 4.22), Zack Greinke (6-2, 3.46), Randy Wolf (2-5, 6.05)
- Nyjer Morgan, CF
- Rickie Weeks, 2B
- Ryan Braun, LF (He’s probably going to be back starting)
- Aramis Ramirez, 3B
- Corey Hart, RF
- Cody Ransom, SS
- Brooks Conrad, 1B
- George Kottaras, C
Hot or Not and Whom to Watch
Well, the Cubs’ bats remain all kinds of not hot. At least Bryan LaHair has a five-game hitting streak, and has six hits in his last 13 at bats.
Ryan Dempster is coming off his worst outing of the year, and has been in a bit of a rough stretch since mid-May.
Shawn Camp remains the Cubs’ best overall reliever, with a 2.54 ERA and 1.165 WHIP in 28.1 innings.
Ryan Braun has been dealing with an achilles issue, and he’s been quite bad with the bat for about two weeks now.
Yovani Gallardo is 3-1 with a 2.59 ERA in his last five starts.
Rickie Weeks is having a BAD year … he’s hitting just .170/.309/.308 in 220 plate appearances. At least that’s a ton of walks. Also, did you know he turns 30 this year? I bet you thought he was a lot younger than that, didn’t you? I did.
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.
It’s been a rough stretch for Cubs’ representatives, whom we’ve churned through from series to series without anyone sticking longer than two series. So it is again, as we’ve got to make a change after the Cubs were swept in San Francisco. How about Amanda Seyfried for the Cubs? There’s no Cubs connection, but she’s never been the rep, and I found a crazy hot picture of her in a blue (Cubs) dress.
As for the Brewers, like I always say: it’s gotta be a beautiful woman and a beer. In this case, that beautiful woman is apparently a (former?) model named Kayleigh Pearson. I had no idea who that was. I do now.