The Cubs come back from another ugly road trip, and welcome the New York Mets. Yes, Anthony Rizzo is possibly going to be promoted during this series, but, in theory, there are other things going on as well. Maybe that’s just me trying to deflect some of the crushing attention this kid is going to receive…
But, since I’m going to Tuesday and Wednesday’s games, you better believe I’m hoping that’s when he is called up.
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 four in a row, and are back to the .333 winning percentage that seems to be the 2012 team’s birth right. The Cubs are 1.5 games “up” on the Padres for the worst record in baseball.
The Mets dropped back-to-back one-run games to the Yankees, after winning four straight, including a sweep of the Orioles. The Mets have been a surprise this year, and currently hold the second Wild Card spot with a 39-34 record.
Game Times and Broadcasts
- Monday, June 25 at 7:05 CT on CSN+.
- Tuesday, June 26 at 7:05 CT on WCIU.
- Wednesday, June 27 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 (1-3, 4.14), Randy Wells (1-2, 4.91), Jeff Samardzija (5-6, 4.34)
- David DeJesus, CF
- Starlin Castro, SS
- Bryan LaHair, RF
- Alfonso Soriano, LF
- Steve Clevenger, 1B (Anthony Rizzo?)
- Darwin Barney, 2B
- Geovany Soto, C
- Luis Valbuena, 3B
Starters: Johan Santana (5-3, 3.00), Dillon Gee (5-5, 4.27), Jon Niese (5-3, 3.75)
- Andres Torres/Krik Nieuwenhuis, CF
- Ruben Tejada, SS
- David Wright, 3B
- Scott Hairston, LF
- Lucas Duda, RF
- Justin Turner, 1B
- Ronny Cedeno, 2B
- Josh Thole, C
Hot or Not and Whom to Watch
David DeJesus continues to have a rough June, despite a 4 for 5 game on Saturday. He’s hit just .203/.312/.344 on the month.
Travis Wood may be 1-3 with a mere 4.14 ERA on the year, but he’s given up three or fewer runs in six of his seven starts this year, and four of those seven starts have been quality starts. In his last four starts, his ERA is under three.
Geovany Soto is .211/.286/.526 since returning from knee surgery. It’s just five games, and obviously the average could stand to come up, but it’s a start.
The Cubs are 3 for their last 32 with runners in scoring position. I know it’s a fluky stat, subject to wild swings, but, like, that’s just so very bad.
David Wright is destroying the ball this year. He’s hitting .360(!) with a .455(!) OBP. He’s slugging .565, and it’s pretty clear now that whatever struggles he had in recent years were almost wholly injury related.
The second best hitter on the Mets is Lucas Duda, which is nothing something I would have guessed. He even leads the team in homers (11).
After his no-hitter, Johan Santana gave up 10 runs in his next 10 innings (who could have seen that coming, right? guy recovering from shoulder surgery throws 140-some pitches, and then he struggles? no way!), but his last start was excellent – six shutout innings, and just four hits and two walks.
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.
Well, I certainly didn’t want it to happen, but Brooklyn Decker is out as the Cubs’ rep after the team was swept by the Diamondbacks (and the Arizona State cheerleaders). For the Cubs’ next rep, they clearly need someone strong. Or that’s just my flimsy excuse to use former wrestler and current hottie Stacy Keibler as the team’s representative for this series. So, there she is.
As for the Mets, how about the beautiful Cobie Smulders from ‘How I Met Your Mother’? Her show is set in New York, and that’s good enough for me.