The Cubs head to the nation’s capital to take on the Nationals on a national holiday.
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 have won just five times in their last 17 tries, which, sadly, isn’t that much worse than their overall rate of losing. They stand 31 games under .500.
The Nationals lead the NL East by 6.5 games over the Braves. They’ve won four of five after losing five in a row at the tail-end of August.
Game Times and Broadcasts
- Monday, September 3 at 12:05 CT on WGN.
- Tuesday, September 4 at 6:05 CT on CSN.
- Wednesday, September 5 at 6:05 CT on CSN.
- Thursday, September 6 at 6:05 CT on CSN.
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 (8-12, 4.03), Chris Rusin (0-1, 1.80), Chris Volstad (2-9, 6.06), Justin Germano (2-5, 6.30)
- 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: Ross Detwiler (8-6, 3.32), Edwin Jackson (8-9, 3.53), Gio Gonzalez (17-7, 3.10), Jordan Zimmermann (9-8, 3.01)
- Roger Bernadina/Jayson Werth, CF
- Bryce Harper, RF
- Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
- Adam LaRoche, 1B
- Michael Morse, LF
- Ian Desmond, SS
- Danny Espinosa, 2B
- Kurt Suzuki, C
Hot or Not and Whom to Watch
David DeJesus has his season OPS+ up to 111, after six hits (including a homer and two doubles) and three walks in his last three games.
Until yesterday, Carlos Marmol had been in one of the more dominant stretches in his career (and he’s a guy who’se obviously had a number of dominant stretches): dating back to July 23, his ERA was 0.64. His WHIP was 1.00. He’d struck out 17 in 14 innings, and his K/BB ratio was better than 4:1.
Jeff Samardzija has a 2.73 ERA over his last five starts (33 IP). He’s struck out 39 and allowed just 34 base runners over that stretch. That’s very, very dominant.
After returning from a months-long injury midseason, Jayson Werth is hitting .350/.425/.500 since August 2.
Since June 8, you know who’s been one of the best hitters in the NL? No, you don’t know, because the answer is somehow Ian Desmond. His line since that arbitrary cutoff is .324/.371/.584.
The Nationals’ pitchers are good. So now you know that part, too.
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.
Marie Avgeropoulos didn’t last long as the Cubs’ rep, after a series loss to the Giants (and, with the season growing short, changes are likely to come more rapidly). You know who’s cute? And, confession, I really like ‘The House That Built Me’ … how about Miranda Lambert for the Cubs?
As for the Nationals, it’s another thematic representative – the Brewers have a beer girl, the Reds have a redhead, and the Nationals have a patriotic babe. How about Joanna Krupa wearing an American flag?