Series Preview: Tigers v. Cubs, June 12 – June 14, 2012

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.

Cubs

Starters: Paul Maholm (4-5, 5.10), Matt Garza (2-4, 3.99), Travis Wood (0-2, 4.71)

Lineup:

  1. Tony Campana, CF
  2. Starlin Castro, SS
  3. David DeJesus, RF
  4. Alfonso Soriano, LF
  5. Bryan LaHair, 1B
  6. Steve Clevenger, C
  7. Darwin Barney, 2B
  8. Ian Stewart, 3B
  9. Pitcher

Tigers

Starters: Max Scherzer (5-4, 5.88), Rick Porcello (3-4, 5.03), Justin Verlander (5-4, 2.69)

Lineup:

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Quintn Berry/Brennan Boesch, RF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Delmon Young, LF
  6. Ramon Santiago, SS
  7. Gerald Laird, C
  8. Danny Worth, 2B
  9. Pitcher

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.

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.

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.

Versus

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

27 responses to “Series Preview: Tigers v. Cubs, June 12 – June 14, 2012”

  1. Patrick G

    Justin Verlander might easily get another no-hitter on his belt facing this line up

  2. CubFan Paul

    Prometheus is badass. An excellent prequel to the ‘Alien’ franchise, that will have sequels of its own. I watched the 1st ‘Alien’ movies the weekend before last as a refresher & ‘Prometheus’ didn’t dissapoint and finished with me hoping for a sequel (because of the way it ends…)

    You must see it in IMAX 3D also

  3. Idaho Razorback

    I love Charlize Theron. Monster is one of my Top 10 favorite movies.

  4. MaxM1908

    Charlize Theron definitely beats Kristin Bell. Cubs sweep the ailing Tigers.

  5. Cubbie Blues

    2 days in a row of not losing. Let’s make it 3.

  6. hansman1982

    Hoping for a sweep were we score 10 runs off their starters and Garza pitches a CG SO, if only Demp was going against them and we could get back-to-back CG SO and waive buh-bye to both of them.

  7. ibcnu2222 (John)

    Here is an interesting article with trade destinations for Demp. ESPN predicts the Tigers will land him.
    http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/25504/crystal-ball-dempster-lands-in-detroit

    1. Luke

      That guy really, really wants to shove Castro to third base.

      1. Njriv

        Lol yeah I was thinking the same thing.

      2. MaxM1908

        Ha! I came back to this post to complain about the article because the guy wouldn’t shut up about prospects that would “allow” the Cubs to move Starlin to 3B. What an idiot.

        1. EB

          Ha same here!

      3. North Side Irish

        Let’s be realistic…Castro’s range is going to really start to shrink as he approaches 23. Might as well move him now before he’s an 24 year year old statue out there.

        I was more upset about him saying Brett Jackson “may be more future left fielder or future fourth outfielder than future center fielder.”

        I always assumed he’d end up in LF, but fourth outfielder? Seems like a bit of an overreaction to a couple disappointing months at AAA.

        1. Njriv

          Well now he’s being moved over to LF because of the Soler signing and possibly the Almora. But if and until they make they get the call I expect BJax to play center.

        2. hansman1982

          Jackson’s ceiling has always been a .270/.350/.425 guy who will give you 20/20 potential, he may make a run at a few all-star games in his career but by no means a super-star. If not everything pans out as hoped then 4th outfielder would be his floor right now, I would say.

          1. Drew7

            I dont see him slugging that low, especially as a ceiling. I’m starting to buy into the Mark Reynolds a little less power and a lot better defense comparison.

            Hes still young, I’d give him a .260/.350/.480 ceiling. Who knows if he will ever hit with that much power in the Bigs, but I think he could if he starts to make better contact.

            1. Kyle

              That seems about right as a ceiling.

              The problem is that it’s going to need to click fairly soon. Like in the next year.

              Reynolds strikes out 33.1% of the time in the majors, but at age 23 he struck out just 20.7% of the time in AA (he skipped AAA). He never topped 25% in a minor league season.

              If Brett Jackson is striking out 30.5% of the time at AAA at age 23, then that makes it look like he’s going to strike out 35-40% of the time in the majors. And not even his skill set can support that.

    2. Cubbie Blues

      They have a third baseman, we need a third baseman. We have a pitcher, the need a pitcher. I say we get this thing done.

    3. rhino70

      So, if the Cubs do trade Dempster to the Tigers, which of the three pitchers would best fit the Cubs long-term plans?

    4. Carew

      Read the comments on that article. There are a ton of stupid people, its kinda funny

  8. willis

    Travis Wood Vs. Justin Verlander. Bloodbath.

  9. caleb

    Good pick! …For the Tigers. She’s mega hot- I was just talking about her after seeing her in Couples Retreat (no, it’s not that good).

  10. Steve

    That Cubs line up…that, that’s really awful.

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  12. Todd

    Can I get the photo of Kristen Bell blown up for my cube at work? I don’t think the wife will mind….

  13. Chris

    Prometheus is really cool. Just don’t be expecting a sci-fi/horror throughout, ala Alien (as I did). It has its moments, but the majority of the movie comes across as more of a philosophical exercise analyzing the relationship of creators and creations: god(s) and mankind; evolution and mankind; mankind and science; woman and child; et al…

  14. Chris

    And, yes, I too certainly foresee a sequel – pending the studio’s approval…

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