The Cubs open the second half of the season by welcoming the Arizona Diamondbacks to Wrigley Field, and will offer up their three tradable starting pitchers – Paul Maholm, Ryan Dempster, Matt Garza, in that order

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/tied four straight series since being swept the last time they played the Diamondbacks. That’s good.

After sweeping the Cubs, the Diamondbacks lost eight of their next ten. At present, they’re a game under .500, and just four games out in the NL West after taking three of four from the Dodgers just before the break.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Friday, July 13 at 1:20 CT on CSN.
  • Saturday, July 14 at 12:05 CT on WGN.
  • Sunday, July 15 at 1:20 CT on WGN.

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 (6-6, 4.57), Ryan Dempster (4-3, 1.99) Matt Garza (4-7, 4.32)


  1. David DeJesus, CF
  2. Starlin Castro, SS
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Alfonso Soriano, LF
  5. Bryan LaHair, RF
  6. Darwin Barney, 2B
  7. Geovany Soto, C
  8. Luis Valbuena, 3B
  9. Pitcher


Starters: Ian Kennedy (6-7, 4.26), Joe Saunders (4-5, 3.44), Trevor Cahill (7-7, 3.64)


  1. Willie Bloomquist, SS
  2. Aaron Hill, 2B
  3. Justin Upton, RF
  4. Jason Kubel, LF
  5. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
  6. Miguel Montero, C
  7. Chris Young, CF
  8. Ryan Roberts, 3B
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

Bryan LaHair has been cold for quite some time, which is a considerable bummer. Not counting his 0-1 in the All-Star Game, LaHair is hitting just .220/.278/.341 since May 16.

Also cold? Darwin Barney over his last 10 games: .171/.216/.200.

Ryan Dempster hasn’t allowed a run in his last 27 innings. The Cubs’ record is, I believe 33 innings, so he could break it this weekend. That would be awesome.

Paul Maholm has allowed just one earned run and struck out 11 (while walking just two) over his last 15.1 innings.

Those trade rumors don’t seem to be bothering Justin Upton, who’s hitting .467/.500/.867 since July 5, when they really started to kick up.

The Cubs get their first look at Trevor Cahill, who’s been remarkably consistent for the Diamondbacks after they plucked him from the A’s this offseason. He’s got a 3.64 ERA (116 ERA+) and a 1.279 WHIP over 17 starts.

Ian Kennedy has a 5.06 ERA over his last five starts.

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.

Stacy Keibler is challenging the run Marisa Miller had earlier this year at the helm of the Cubs. She just doesn’t want to lose. And I don’t want to mind.

As for the Diamondbacks, we’ll once again go with a local crew. Last time it was the Arizona State cheerleaders, this time it’s the University of Arizona cheerleaders. Tough competition yet again.


  • Jeff L

    Theres a rumor out that the cubs are one of many teams that are good fits in trading for Justin Upton according to Buster Olney. http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/arizona_diamondbacks/index.html

    It would be really interesting to see if the Cubs are willing to put a package together for the 24 year old star. I think it would be a great move to build around him and Rizzo. The money is there hopefully you never know with this owners financial situation. But we can only hope.

    • Jared

      and castro??? dont you wanna build around starlin too? the one that could be an allstar every year for years to come… but i agree, i think upton is a good fit

    • North Side Irish

      If you read the article, Olney says “It’s unlikely any deal would happen unless the Diamondbacks received Starlin Castro in return.” That is the extent of the Cubs being mentioned in the article.

      Not exactly a likely scenario, but it is nice to hope.

    • Cubs217

      Do you think the D-Backs are looking to move Upton mid-season or wait until the Winter?

  • Doc Evans

    I will be making my first trip to Wrigley for my buddy’s bachelor party this weekend. Got bleacher seats. Might as well do it in style. Looking forward to it! It’s been a long time coming.

  • Stinky Pete

    Those are college girls? They look like middle school at best. Whatevs, Stacy is rockin’ so that’s what counts.

    • Fishin Phil

      Agree with SP. Stacy wins, and it’s not even close.

  • Rizzofanclub

    I dont think the cubs have what it takes to get Upton without Castro being a part of the trade. Our prospects are better then they were but not up to the caliber to get Upton. The Diamondbacks are wanting prospects that are ready to play now not in 2 years.

    • Anthony

      Perhaps he could be part of a three way trade including Garza/Dempster to another team and sending their prospects to the Diamondbacks.

      • Cubs217

        My problem with that is if the Cubs trade Dempster/Garza and get Upton in return the system still lacks impact arms and not severely lacks the means to trade for them as well. However, Castro, Rizzo and Upton in the middle of the order would look pretty sweet.

  • DRP7

    Here is the package I would send Arizona for J UP. I love Castro but I believe we have some depth at that position in the minors. Baez, and Lake. We could build a package around him and include Vitters, LaHair?

    • Gcheezpuff

      I think if the Cubs were to trade Castro for Upton, it would actually be AZ that would need to add a sweetener… Maybe a near MLB ready arm. Castro is younger, cheaper, under control longer, and is an offense threat from a premium position. I understand Upton is a better offensive player and may always be, but offensive threats from SS don’t come around all that often. I think a deal is unlikely, but I am not against if it is AZ throwing in pitching. I wouldn’t trade Castro straight up so throwing in Vitters and LaHair is crazy talk.

  • Luke D

    I will be in the bleachers today. Hopefully close to the fence, left field side. You can identify me by the pair of blue croakies I’ll have on.

    hope everyone has a great day today.

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  • butlerdawgs

    Stacy wins for sure. Those girls fall victim to the cheerleader effect.

  • Tommy

    Way to jinx Dempster, man!

  • Tommy

    I certainly wouldn’t give up Castro to get Upton, and frankly, I’d rather wait and see what our young up and coming prospects are going to do then give up a ton for him. He’s a great player that steals bases, hits homers, and hits for average – but we may have a few of those on their way to the show soon ourselves!

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