The Cubs head to Cincinnati to take on the Reds four times in three days. Neato.
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 their last series! No need to mention which team it was.
The Reds had won five in a row before dropping their series finale yesterday to the Mets. A part of that streak involved taking three of four from the Cubs when these two teams played just last week. The Reds continue to lead the NL Central, and they’ve stretched that lead to six games.
Game Times and Broadcasts
- Friday, August 17 at 6:10 CT on WGN.
- Saturday, August 18 at 12:10 CT on CSN.
- Saturday, August 18 at 6:10 CT on CSN.
- Sunday, August 19 at 12:10 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: Travis Wood (4-8, 4.52), Jeff Samardzija (8-10, 4.06), TBA (Probably Brooks Raley), Chris Volstad (0-9, 6.96)
- David DeJesus, RF
- Josh Vitters/Luis Valbuena, 3B
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Alfonso Soriano, LF
- Starlin Castro, SS
- Steve Clevenger/Welington Castillo, C
- Brett Jackson, CF
- Darwin Barney, 2B
Starters: Bronson Arroyo (8-7, 3.95), Johnny Cueto (15-6, 2.45), TBA, Mat Latos (10-3, 3.63)
- Zack Cozart, SS
- Drew Stubbs, CF
- Brandon Phillips, 2B
- Jay Bruce, RF
- Scott Rolen, 3B
- Ryan Ludwick, LF
- Todd Frazier, 1B
- Ryan Hanigan, C
Hot or Not and Whom to Watch
This could be a tough series on a number of the pitchers on both sides, who are facing the same lineup for the second start in a row.
Chris Volstad is coming off his first crapper of a start since he looked like he was finally figuring some things out.
Travis Wood is 0 for his last 5 in wins, but who cares about that? He’s got a 2.50 ERA in his last three starts.
David DeJesus has a .414/.500/.724 line over his last 8 games, thanks in large part to his explosive performance the last time out.
Ryan Ludwick and Todd Frazier were the big bats the last time these two teams played, with each registering multiple extra base hits, and a bunch of RBI.
Johnny Cueto and Aroldis Chapman are pretty clear Cy Young candidates at this point. How nice for them.
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.
So, does taking two of three from the Astros count as a reason to keep Alison Brie as the Cubs’ representative, or is that a reason to change things up? Ah, what the heck. We’ll say it’s the former, and give her another series.
As for the Reds, we’ll keep doing the redhead thing, and I’m going with the woman who plays the pseudo Wendy character in those new Wendy’s commercials. Maybe it’s because she’s slinging delicious burgers (well, relative to other fast-food burgers, that is), but I think she’s really cute.