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brewers logoThe Cubs head back out on the road, but they don’t have to travel too far. They’re headed to Milwaukee to take on the Brewers. Remember when Cubs fans used to pack Miller Park?

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. There’s also some fun stuff, because fun stuff is fun.

We’re Going Streaking

The Cubs are on a one-game winning streak that could be a lot longer if they had a little luck and a little more fundamental soundness. That’s all I got.

The Brewers are hot, having won four in a row, and having just swept the Giants team that the Cubs couldn’t seem to handle. They are 6-8 on the year, a game better than the last place Cubs.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Friday, April 19 at 7:10 CT on WCIU.
  • Saturday, April 20 at 6:10 CT on CSN.
  • Sunday, April 21 at 1:10 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.

Cubs

Starters: Jeff Samardzija (1-2, 2.75), Edwin Jackson (0-2, 6.06), Scott Feldman (0-2, 6.00)

Lineup:

  1. David DeJesus, CF
  2. Starlin Castro, SS
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Alfonso Soriano, LF
  5. Nate Schierholtz, RF
  6. Welington Castillo/Dioner Navarro, C
  7. Luis Valbuena, 3B
  8. Darwin Barney, 2B
  9. Pitcher

Brewers

Starters: Marco Estrada (1-0, 4.50), Hiram Burgos (0-0, -.–), Wily Peralta (0-1, 6.19)

Lineup:

  1. Norichika Aoki, RF
  2. Jean Segura, SS
  3. Ryan Braun, LF
  4. Rickie Weeks, 2B
  5. Jonathon Lucroy, C
  6. Alex Gonzalez, 3B
  7. Carlos Gomez, CF
  8. Yuniesky Betancourt, 1B
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

Carlos Marmol has thrown five straight scoreless innings. I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s true. His most recent one, the ninth inning yesterday, was a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts.

Starlin Castro is riding a 10-game hitting streak, and more importantly took his first two walks of the season yesterday.

Also a first yesterday? Alfonso Soriano’s first homer and first RBI. The latter is pretty amazing, given his 4th spot in the lineup and the lateness of the date. Soriano was in the top 5 in RBI last year in the NL.

Scott Feldman hasn’t pitched in a week as he dealt with a sore back/bad pitching performance-itis. Hopefully this weekend’s start will get him rolling, because I still really like the stuff.

Jonathan Lucroy always seems to be hot when he’s facing the Cubs. He’s 7-17 with two homers in his last four games.

The Cubs will miss Yovani Gallardo and Kyle Lohse this series, which is probably for the best. Of course, facing Marco Estrada and Wily Peralta didn’t help them too much last time around.

Series She-View

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.

This year, the Series She-View will live over at the Message Board, and this one is the first offering from a BN’er who isn’t me. Here’s your She-View for the Brewers series.

Caption the Enemy

A new feature for the Series Preview this year – since folks on the Internet can’t get enough of cracking wise about pictures, I thought it might be a fun addition to the Series Preview. I’ll drop in a picture (hopefully one ripe for captioning), and you’ll drop in your clever captions into the comments. Then, if there are good ones, we can meme-ify them for use down the road.

Today’s picture is actually one that angries up the blood. It’s Yovani Gallardo’s mug shot for his seriously bad DUI from a couple days ago (after which, he was allowed to pitch like it was no big deal):

  • bbmoney

    I agree with everything Mike Oz wrote, especially the last couple of paragraphs of that Gallardo article.

    Seems a little backwards to me that minor leaguers get a 50 game suspension for smoking weed in their basement….but a big leaguer can drive totally hammered, a slightly more dangerous situation, and just go on playing like nothing happened.

    • SirCub

      I’m right there with you, bbmoney. MLB needs to step up and do something to discourage this kind of behavior, and reinforce that it is unacceptable for guys that are supposed to be role models.

    • Spriggs

      Shouldn’t the team be able to do something about these kind of incidents independently of the league? Is the union that strong that a team can’t even try to do anything?

      • bbmoney

        I don’t know. Seems like they could/should be able to, I’d hate the union if they tried to intervene.

        That said, I can’t really blame the team for not. If the league doesn’t suspend the guy is it really the team’s job to suspend one of their best players and put themselves at a disadvantage? Certainly the ‘right’ thing to do, but for a team that’s trying to compete not something I’d expect to see.

        • Spriggs

          I know it apparently doesn’t work this way, but I’d say if the team or the player didn’t address a situation like that satisfactorily, then the League steps in and gives their own punishment. And that would be the League’s call. But again, I know it doesn’t work that way.

          Instead you get something like: The player’s agent recommends to his player to say he’s sorry — “here read them this, Yovani”. Then the team does some PR work and maybe even “condemns the act” while stressing what a good guy he really is, then crosses their fingers. The League probably says it is being handled by the courts and is unable to comment. Nobody takes responsibility.

          • SirCub

            Unfortunately, that sounds about right.

  • Jonathn

    Hey Brett. I love your blog– thanks for all your hard work. I have a suggestion for the series preview. Could you add the handedness of the starters? I always do a mental tally of which games I think the Cubs could win (usually stupidly optimistic), but if I know a pitcher is left-handed, that’s an automatic loss.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Ha. You can pretty much just budget in 20 to 30% guaranteed losses, in that event.

      • Jonathn

        Especially if they throw in the mid 80’s and have an ERA over 5

    • Andrew

      I definitely did this check for myself, and thankfully no lefties. I do get worried about pitchers ive never heard of before because you just know the cubs will get dominated by them

  • ETS

    Is it possible marmol was tipping his pitches? When he is ineffective that slider fools no one.

    • Rcleven

      Carlos’s Problems weren’t because he was tipping his pitch. His problem was control.

  • MichiganGoat

    “Beer $5, Shots $6, Being able to get a Super-DUI, keep your job, and get paid millions — PRICELESS”

  • Eva

    I’m driving out to Milwaukee for the game later.. Though I was looking forward to watching Garza pitch in Kane County. Oh well! Maybe it won’t be snowing up there.

    • Sarah

      It just started snowing here about 30 minutes ago…

  • Jp3

    “This Episode of the office is not funny at all”

  • cubchymyst

    “You pitch without honor”

  • TWC

    “I’m a frackin’ a-hole who is so cocksure and arrogant that I can get shithoused up to three times the legal limit and take lives in my hands as I drive away from the bar because screw OFF, Milwaukee, I’m Yovani Gaillardo and I can do whatever I want. Sure, I have all the money in the world and almost certainly enough sycophantic associates that I could have gotten a ride, but screw THAT, man. Plus, I know that my employer values me so much that they’re not gonna give the slightest of shits about this little endeavor and they’ll let me go on about my business howeva I want just as long as I make my next start.”

    • DarthHater

      tl;dr :-P

  • Cubsleeram

    He looks like he could use a beer… wait…

  • SirCub

    “Thought I was really cool…

    Turns out I’m a drunk-driving douchebag.”

  • Spencer

    Wisconsin’s drunk driving laws are idiotic.

    • WGNstatic

      What drunk driving laws?

  • Idaho Razorback

    If you get a DUI in Idaho I believe you get the death penalty. Not really,but the death penalty would be the better option. A high school in Jerome, Idaho just gave all prom attendees shot glasses. What a wonderful idea!

  • North Side Irish

    MLB Trade Rumors ‏@mlbtraderumors 1m
    Cubs Claim Julio Borbon http://bit.ly/17wMQeQ #mlb

    OK…no corresponding move yet.

  • Kubphan82

    “I’ll get Braun’s guy to say the test was tainted, yeah, that’ll do”

    • DarthHater

      +

  • Caleb

    “Man, I miss Greinke. He usually drove.”

    • SirCub

      Haha, I like this one.

  • DarthHater

    “Carlos Marmol has thrown five straight scoreless innings. I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s true. ”

    What’s really hard to believe is that in the other 1.2 innings he has pitched, he has managed to give himself an overall ERA of 6.75.

  • DCF

    What is the actual legal limit in Wisconsin?
    And Im pretty sure he basically is getting away with because of the power the Union has in MLB. In many other sports, this Kind of behavior would be finde by team. In Baseball however, teams have almost no disciplinary power over their athletes. They could Bench him while still fully paying him, but thats about it.

    • DarthHater

      Legal limit is 0.08. I think he was 0.22.

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