The NL Central tour continues, with the Cubs heading to Milwaukee to take on the Brewers.
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 are pictures of beautiful women, too.
We’re Going Streaking
The Cubs dropped three games in three days to the Reds, but thanks to the almost impossibility of sweeping a doubleheader, it wasn’t actually a sweep at the hands of the Reds.
The Brewers just split a four-game set with the Phillies after pulling off a seemingly unmatchable stretch where they were swept by the Rockies, and lost two of a three to the Astros.
Game Times and Broadcasts
- Monday, August 20 at 7:10 CT on WCIU.
- Tuesday, August 21 at 7:10 CT on CSN+.
- Wednesday, August 22 at 1:10 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: Justin Germano (2-2, 3.91), TBA (could be Chris Rusin, making his big league debut), Travis Wood (4-9, 4.83)
- David DeJesus, RF
- Josh Vitters, 3B
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Alfonso Soriano, LF
- Starlin Castro, SS
- Welington Castillo, C
- Brett Jackson, CF
- Darwin Barney, 2B
Starters: Mark Rogers (0-1, 4.94), Marco Estrada (0-5, 4.52), Yovani Gallardo (12-8, 3.67)
- Nyjer Morgan, CF
- Rickie Weeks, 2B
- Ryan Braun, LF
- Aramis Ramirez, 3B
- Corey Hart, RF
- Jonathon Lucroy, C
- Jean Segura, SS
- Travis Ishikawa, 1B
Hot or Not and Whom to Watch
Anthony Rizzo is fighting through that “adjustment” phase, and has just four hits in his last 23 at bats, and just one homer in August.
Speaking of adjustments, Josh Vitters is not hitting terribly well right now in the bigs. His line through 34 plate appearances is just .091/.088/.121 for a negative 44 OPS+. From my perspective, he’s actually hit the ball pretty hard a bunch of times, but hasn’t had much luck. I’m not saying it’s all a luck issue, but I’m sure that’s in there somewhere.
Starlin Castro is hitting .407/.448/.667 over the past week.
Ryan Braun has four homers in his last four games, but is still a donger.
Yovani Gallardo’s ERA is just above two in August.
Aramis Ramirez is a bit cold, with just a couple hits in his last 12 at bats.
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.
In a decision that will be met with universal scorn, I’ve decided it’s time to move on from the lovely, but always losing, Alison Brie. Sticking with the Thursday NBC sitcom theme, the Cubs’ representative will now be the quirky but cute Aubrey Plaza from ‘Parks and Rec.’
As for the Brewers, the old standby is the old standby: beautiful woman with beer.