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 just got swept by the Brewers, which sounds about right. They’ve lost seven of eight.
The Rockies, for all of their midseason struggles, are one of the hotter teams in baseball. They just swept the Mets in four, have won five straight, and have won nine of eleven.
Game Times and Broadcasts
- Friday, August 24 at 1:20 CT on WGN.
- Saturday, August 25 at 12:05 CT on CSN.
- Sunday, August 26 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 (8-11, 4.17), TBA (Probably Brooks Raley), Chris Volstad (0-9, 6.88)
- 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: Drew Pomeranz (1-7, 4.87), Alex White (2-6, 5.55), Jhoulys Chacin (1-3, 6.16)
- Charlie Blackmon, RF
- Jonathan Herrera, SS
- Jordan Pacheco, 1B
- Carlos Gonzalez, LF
- Wilin Rosario, C
- Tyler Colvin, CF
- Chris Nelson, 3B
- DJ LeMahieu, 2B
Hot or Not and Whom to Watch
Anthony Rizzo, Josh Vitters, and Brett Jackson are all rather cool. That is to say, they aren’t hitting well of late. I mean, they’re also probably very cool, but I don’t know them personally, and I don’t want to put myself out there like that.
Cubs batters struck out 37 times against the Brewers, so, on some level, most of the team is cool. The bad kind.
Welington Castillo has a 108 OPS+, which I’d gladly take from the catcher spot over the next five years.
Tyler Colvin is hitting .294/.333/.551 on the year, about which we’ll make very little comment. At least DJ LeMahieu’s hitting only .281/.305/.377 this year.
The Rockies have been doing some whacky rotational things this year, trying a four-man, short-start rotation for a while. Might as well experiment if your team is terrible. Drew Pomeranz has gone four innings in each of his last four starts, which may or may not be related to this whackiness. Or it could just be that he hasn’t pitched well.
Carlos Gonzalez, who’s just returning from the bereavement list is just barely over the Mendoza line in his last 10 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.
Given that, these days, the odds the Cubs get swept are about equal to them winning a series, it seems unfair to bounce a She-View rep after one measly sweep. So, Aubrey Plaza gets another shot.
For reasons I’m too mature to explain, the Rockies will be represented by Kate Upton. End of discussion.