Series Preview: Cubs v. Dodgers, August 3 – August 5, 2012

When you really stop and think about how the Ryan Dempster stuff played out, we don’t have a justification for being annoyed with the Dodgers. They didn’t want Dempster all that badly, and they knew they had the Cubs over a barrel. Why would they relent and give the Cubs a good return? Still … I kind of dislike them right now.

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 lost the final two games in a three-game set with the Pirates, after having won back-to-back series against those Pirates and the Cardinals.

The Dodgers are a half game back of the Giants in the NL West, but they were just swept by the Diamondbacks. That sweep came on the heels of their own sweep of the Giants (before which they lost three of four to the Cardinals (before which they swept the Mets)), so the NL West titans are just beating up on each other.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Friday, August 3 at 9:10 CT on WGN.
  • Saturday, August 4 at 8:10 CT on CSN.
  • Sunday, August 5 at 3:10 CT on ? (No, seriously, I actually don’t know.).

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: Jeff Samardzija (7-8, 4.19), Chris Volstad (0-7, 7.94), Justin Germano (1-1, 3.38)


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


Starters: Chad Billingsly (6-9, 3.89), Clayton Kershaw (8-6, 2.95), Aaron Harang (7-6, 3.76)


  1. Shane Victorino, LF
  2. Andre Ethier, RF
  3. Matt Kemp, CF
  4. Hanley Ramirez, SS
  5. James Loney, 1B
  6. Mark Ellis/Jerry Hairston, Jr., 2B
  7. Luis Cruz, SS
  8. A.J. Ellis, C
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

Alfonso Soriano has his highest OPS+ since 2008, and has gone .323/.344/.613 in his last eight games.

Jeff Samardzija’s July ERA was a svelte 1.91.

Starlin Castro is hot again, hitting .385/.407/.769 in his last six games. His OPS had actually slipped as low as .715.

Chris Volstad gets yet another shot to stick in the Cubs’ rotation. The first step? Having his first good start, from beginning to end. You don’t get to an 0-7 record with a near-8 ERA by having a bunch of good starts.

Since coming back from a short stint on the DL with elbow inflammation, Chad “Peter” Billingsley has a 0.68 ERA in two starts.

Despite the hoopla, Hanley Ramirez is hitting just .226/.333/.419 in his first eight games with the Dodgers.

How about this: Andre Ethier has had a hit in all but three of his last 16 games, yet he’s hitting just .262/.348/.344 over that stretch. Pretty crazy, huh?

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.

Bar Refaeli is going to keep the job for the Cubs for at least one more series. Yes, they lost the last one to the Pirates, but they’d been pretty hot under her pretty hot watch before that.

As for the Dodgers, I’m sticking with the native Southern California thing, and sticking with Katy Perry. Bar gets a slightly kinder picture.



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

47 responses to “Series Preview: Cubs v. Dodgers, August 3 – August 5, 2012”

  1. Leroy K.

    dislike now??? that whole NLDS didnt turn you off to LA? lol

  2. Spencer

    Kershaw vs. Volstad. Need I say more?

    1. RY34

      man i cannot wait to see volstad pitch; he will be dominant in his return!

      1. andrew

        Clash of the titans lol

    2. Mr. Coffee

      OK, we know Coleman can’t cut it, but seriously, there is no one better qualified than Volstad to call up? Seriously? The fact that they keep going with Volstad speaks volumes about the complete lack of pitching depth, at least in the upper levels of the farm system. What we really needed at the trade deadline was a good, young, Major League ready young starting pitcher…..oh wait, never mind.

  3. Nathan

    Bar Refaeli is one beautiful woman

    1. MightyBear

      That picture withstanding, so is Katy Perry. They’re both hot as hell.

      1. kubphan82

        I’m very sorry BUT that does not look like a microphone pose.

    2. baldtaxguy

      Definately under “hot watch”

  4. cubs217

    Wow the Dodgers have a good outfield trio

  5. Can't think of a cool name

    Since we seem to be playing for a better draft pick, can we keep Bar if we lose 2 out of 3. Hell, I’d keep Bar if we won 0,1,2 or 3.

  6. Derrick

    Theo n Jed must really love Chris Voldstad as much as Quade and Hendry loved James Russell starting. We can chalk up losing 2 of 3 for sure maybe a sweep …Go Cubs Go

  7. hansman1982

    Katy Perry is the cats…meow!

  8. Kansas Cubs Fan

    F**k the dodgers.

    Ms. Rafaeli is one B E A Utiful women. Wow.

  9. Internet Random

    Katy Perry is far from ugly.

    Bar Refaeli has reached the human limits of attractiveness.

  10. Timmy

    Katy Perry looks and sings like a tranny.

    1. BeyondFukudome

      Spend a lot of time in tranny bars, do you?

      1. Timmy

        Totally, tranny’s are hot. That’s why Katy Perry gets my vote.

    2. Internet Random

      I can only assume that you’re talking about a transmission.

      1. hansman1982

        I’d liken her to a Turbo 350 – solid if not unspectacular – a few weird quirks

  11. Nathan

    Buster Olney mentioned the Cubs and Dbacks talked Castro but a deal was never close…Regardless, it sounds like they were brewing up some interesting discussions with castro, garza, upton, jackson, and all the dbacks stud prospects

    1. Spencer


  12. jim

    Hate la. Like brooklyn lager. Agree with scotti. Roseanne no redeeming qualities. They dont even show reruns of that pig show.

  13. Allen

    game 3 is on wgn according to my tv guide

  14. Nosup4u

    Sundays game is on WGN they said it during last game.

  15. Dylan

    I’m heading to the Iowa Cubs – Colorado Springs Sky Sox game tonight. I’ll be photographing the game. I have a field pass, so I can get up close.

    Anybody want to see any specific players?

    Here’s some sample of my photo work:

    1. Internet Random

      Holy crap. Nice work, man. Really nice.

    2. TWC

      Well frackin’ done, man. That’s a nice set of pics.

    3. hansman1982

      Brett, I think you’ve found the BN official photographer.

    4. Flashfire

      Beautiful pictures.

    5. Dylan

      Just checked the thread. Thanks for the comments!

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  17. TongueInCheek

    Seriously Brett, your lovely wife must be the sweetest thing in the whole world to put up with this beautiful woman gig of yours!

  18. Cey It

    Mr Coffee… Understand the Volstad concerns… but he has the tools and this is a wasted season… why not see if he can turn it around. More upside than Wells, among many others..

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