The Detroit Tigers may be the most disappointing team in baseball at this point in the season. They haven’t been terrible like the Cubs, mind you, but given that they were easily the most frequent division-winning pick before the season started, their struggles have caught everyone by surprise. A trip to Wrigley Field might be just what they need.
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 have won one game in a row. The end.
The Tigers are four games under .500, and five games out in the AL Central. They just took two of three from the Reds after dropping three series in a row to the Red Sox, Yankees, and Indians.
Game Times and Broadcasts
- Tuesday, June 12 at 7:05 CT on CSN.
- Wednesday, June 13 at 7:05 CT on WCIU.
- Thursday, June 14 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: Paul Maholm (4-5, 5.10), Matt Garza (2-4, 3.99), Travis Wood (0-2, 4.71)
- Tony Campana, CF
- Starlin Castro, SS
- David DeJesus, RF
- Alfonso Soriano, LF
- Bryan LaHair, 1B
- Steve Clevenger, C
- Darwin Barney, 2B
- Ian Stewart, 3B
Starters: Max Scherzer (5-4, 5.88), Rick Porcello (3-4, 5.03), Justin Verlander (5-4, 2.69)
- Austin Jackson, CF
- Quintn Berry/Brennan Boesch, RF
- Miguel Cabrera, 3B
- Prince Fielder, 1B
- Delmon Young, LF
- Ramon Santiago, SS
- Gerald Laird, C
- Danny Worth, 2B
Hot or Not and Whom to Watch
Alfonso Soriano is absurdly, ridiculously hot. You know this. He’s gone .298/.361/.649 since the start of May. Yowsa.
David DeJesus has not taken too kindly to the three-hole. He’s hitting just .143/.296/.190 in his last seven games.
Matt Garza is coming off a solid start, and the more of those he strings together, the better it is for the Cubs (whether they decide to deal him, or decide to put together an extension (his success will give them more confidence).
The offensive story for the Tigers is, duh, all about Miguel Cabrera (.317/.372/.547) and Prince Fielder (.316/.386/.509).
I am really looking forward to seeing Justin Verlander taking on the Cubs, which may be the most masochistic thing I’ve ever said about the Cubs.
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 the Cubs’ fault, really. We haven’t been able to have a legitimately repeating representative for a month. So we just have to keep try, try, trying again. How about ‘Prometheus’ star Charlize Theron? I want to see that flick, but I keep hearing mixed reviews.
As for the Tigers, it’s gotta be the beautiful Kristen Bell, who hails from Detroit. And she kinda looks like a tiger in this picture. What a lovely matchup.