Now this – THIS – is a winnable series.
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 won the first game of a four-game set with the Reds … and then dropped the final three.
The Astros actually just won a series, taking two of three from the Brewers. Before that, they hadn’t won a series since June. My word, the Astros are bad.
Game Times and Broadcasts
- Monday, August 13 at 7:05 CT on CSN+.
- Tuesday, August 14 at 7:05 CT on CSN.
- Wednesday, August 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: Jeff Samardzija (7-10, 4.21), Chris Volstad (0-8, 6.94), Justin Germano (1-2, 4.26)
- David DeJesus, RF
- Darwin Barney, 2B
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Alfonso Soriano, LF
- Starlin Castro, SS
- Josh Vitters/Luis Valbuena, 3B
- Brett Jackson, CF
- Steve Clevenger/Welington Castillo, C
Starters: Armando Galarraga (0-2, 4.70), Lucas Harrell (9-8, 3.97), Bud Norris (5-9, 4.93)
- Tyler Greene, SS
- Jose Altuve, 2B
- Brett Wallace, 3B
- Steve Pearce, RF
- Scott Moore, 1B
- Brian Bogusevic, CF
- Fernando Martinez, LF
- Jason Castro, C
Hot or Not and Whom to Watch
Alfonso Soriano has cooled a bit, and he managed just two hits in the four-game set against the Reds. At least one of those hits was a homer.
You may not have noticed, since we love him and all that, but Anthony Rizzo is slumping pretty hard. He’s hitting just .196/.255/.283 since July 31.
On the flip side, as I mentioned in yesterday’s EBS, Carlos Marmol is sneakily hot. He’s got his ERA+ all the way up to 91 (which is an incredible accomplishment from where he started), he hasn’t blown a save in months (technically), and he’s got a 1.13 ERA over his last eight innings pitched (during which he’s struck out nine, walked just three, and given up just six hits).
For the Astros, castaway pick-up Steve Pearce has a .368/.447/.500 line since coming over from the Orioles 12 games ago.
As for the rest of the Astros, what do you want me to say? They’ve lost 55 of their last 71 games.
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.
I’m going to do it again, and keep Alison Brie as the Cubs’ rep for just one more series. They lost three of four to the Reds, but, I mean, the Reds are good. And I’m just not ready to give up on Alison. Plus, the Astros are terrible, so maybe this will help her as much as it helps the Cubs.
As for the Astros, I’m going with an appropriate representative: Renee Zellweger. Why is she an appropriate rep? Because she’s from Houston, naturally. What did you think I meant … ?