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):




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