Cincinnati-Reds-Mr-RedThe Cubs will head to Cincinnati to lick their wounds and eat some chili. I’ll be at Wednesday’s game, and it would be nice if the Cubs played well …

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 were just swept in Milwaukee, and have lost six of seven. At 5-12, the Cubs are the only team with a losing record in the NL Central. They are in the cellar by a relative country mile.

The Reds have won seven of eight after losing five in a row to the Cardinals and Pirates. But they only won three out of four against the Marlins in their last series. So, I mean, clearly they’re beatable.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Monday, April 22 at 6:10 CT on CSN.
  • Tuesday, April 23 at 6:10 CT on WGN.
  • Wednesday, April 24 at 11:35 CT on CSN, MLBN.

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: Travis Wood (1-1, 1.83), Carlos Villanueva (1-0, 1.29), Jeff Samardzija (1-3, 3.38)


  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


Starters: Mike Leake (1-0, 4.26), Tony Cingrani (1-0, 1.80), Mat Latos (0-0, 2.73)


  1. Shin-Soo Choo, CF
  2. ZacK Cosart, SS
  3. Joey Votto, 1B
  4. Brandon Phillips, 2B
  5. Jay Bruce, RF
  6. Todd Frazier, 3B
  7. Chris Heisey, LF
  8. Ryan Hanigan/Devin Mesoraco, C
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

It’s hard to find positive performances from the last series against the Brewers. Although the Cubs out-hit the Brewers, they were just 1-17 with runners in scoring position. Their numbers in that regard have reached epically bad proportions.

At least this series will see the two brightest bright spots on the team this year so far, starters Travis Wood and Carlos Villanueva. Each has had three straight great starts to begin the season.

The Cubs lead the league with 17 errors, and they’ve allowed 14 unearned runs – almost one unearned run per game (which is nuts).

Starlin Castro has a 13-game hitting streak.

It’s hard to pick what stat is most impressive for Shin-Soo Choo this year, but, since he’s the leadoff man, I guess you’d have to say it’s the .523 OBP. It almost makes Joey Votto’s .522 OBP look bad.

(Yes, the Reds have two players with an OBP over .500. By contrast, the Cubs have just one regular – Welington Castillo at .400 – with an OBP over .365.)

Aroldis Chapman’s early season numbers are once again silly, stupid, crazy good. The key to beating Chapman is never facing him.

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. Here’s your She-View for the Reds 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 offers you the opportunity to do what I did with a Darwin Barney-Brandon Phillips tri-pic. He could be unhappy about any number of things, though, and it doesn’t have to be the Gold Glove thing. Brandon, in this photo from SI, seems bummed about something:

  • Believe in 2015

    “Barney who?”

  • cubchymyst

    “Well I’ll be a Monkey’s Uncle. Darwin won”

    • Stinky Pete

      Nice. Subtle.

    • Brett

      Heh. Wouldn’t that make you a monkey’s nephew?

      • DocPeterWimsey

        Hey, as far as biologists are concerned, we are all monkeys! (I have a Primate Pride button somewhere….)

        • DarthHater

          We know you’re not really one of us, robot!

        • cubchymyst

          Wasn’t there someone who wanted to change the scientific name for humans so that it matches the rest of the primates?

  • AP

    I really don’t like this new pepsi taste.

  • DarthHater

    “Pepsi’s got a lot to give.”

  • Kenster

    “I can’t believeeeeee they aint gonna name me the best defensive 2nd basemen..” “Dat some Bullsh*T yo”

  • Troy

    ” I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it I’m a gold glover”

  • Kenster

    Also predict, since Cigrani is A young stud lefty who they’ve never faced, that the Cubs will get one hit and two base runners all game. And I’m being generous.G

    • Featherstone

      You mean he’s a lefty, period. His age and talent don’t factor into the equation.

      • Kenster

        Well If It can get worse It will lol Cubs struggle to score any runs against rookie starters hence Hiram Burgos already this year and other Reds players before like Travis Wood And Mike Leake…

  • EQ76

    funny, their roster doesn’t exactly look a ton better than ours on paper.. yet, they’ll probably finish 20 games ahead of us this year..

    • RY

      20 try 30 games ahead.

  • Mike Taylor (no relation)

    Hanigan got hurt, Corky Miller should be with the club.

  • Patrick W.

    I will be at the game tomorrow night. I’m very excited.

    • Kenster

      That’s how I was when I was going to Milwaukee 2 nights In A row until they blew both games and I had felt I wasted my money. But here’s to A new series maybe they can win

  • MightyBear

    “I was expecting a gold glove and all I got was this damn Pepsi.”

  • Derrick

    ” Are we playing the Chicago Cubs or Iowa Cubs? Who are those guys? “

  • Karla

    “I wanted a Coke.”

  • Cizzle

    1, cut a hole in a cup
    2, put your junk in that cup
    3, make her open the cup
    And that’s the way you do it

  • forlines

    “Maaaaaaan….. whose the mutha f###ah that pissed in my lemonade?”

  • Cubbietoo

    “So the movie will be ‘two players, one cup’? Sure, I’ll do it!”

  • RY

    Ah we got this, I hear we are playing that little league team from Chicago tonight!

    • Tim Mo

      We? Got a mouse in your pocket?

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  • Bric

    “This is the only athletic supporter I need…”

  • DReese

    “This camera guy is looking at me funny”

  • Dougy D

    Caption for the Phillips picture,”Check me out, I’m a turd.”

    • DarthHater

      Picture for Dougy D’s caption:

  • Tommy

    I think it’s time to move Schierholtz up in to the 3 hole.

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