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)
- David DeJesus, CF
- Starlin Castro, SS
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Alfonso Soriano, LF
- Bryan LaHair, RF
- Darwin Barney, 2B
- Geovany Soto, C
- Luis Valbuena, 3B
Starters: Ian Kennedy (6-7, 4.26), Joe Saunders (4-5, 3.44), Trevor Cahill (7-7, 3.64)
- Willie Bloomquist, SS
- Aaron Hill, 2B
- Justin Upton, RF
- Jason Kubel, LF
- Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
- Miguel Montero, C
- Chris Young, CF
- Ryan Roberts, 3B
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.
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.