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marlins logoIf only the Cubs, Marlins, and Astros could somehow face off in a cage match, then we could really learn which team is the best of them all. The Padres could probably join the fight, too. Alas, a series is between just two teams, so the Cubs will have to settle for the Marlins.

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 lost two of three in Cincinnati, but were in every game. They actually split the series, in terms of runs scored. Their 6-14 record probably includes a great deal of bad luck, but it’s still been an ugly first 20 games.

The Marlins, at 5-16, are actually worse than the Cubs. They will seriously challenge the Astros for the worst record in baseball, something I would have thought impossible back in February.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Thursday, April 25 at 6:10 CT on WCIU.
  • Friday, April 26 at 6:10 CT on WGN.
  • Saturday, April 27 at 6:10 CT on CSN+.
  • Sunday, April 28 at 12:10 CT on CSN.

Tickets

You can get your ticket fix for this or a future series at TiqIq: Cubs tickets. You can also always head over to Cubs.com and get ‘em straight from the Cubs.

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: Edwin Jackson (0-3, 4.84), Scott Feldman (0-3, 4.50), Travis Wood (1-1, 2.08), Carlos Villanueva (1-0, 1.53)

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

Marlins

Starters: Kevin Slowey (0-2, 1.90), Wade LeBlanc (0-3, 6.27), Alex Sanabia (2-2, 5.09), Ricky Nolasco (1-2, 3.81)

Lineup:

  1. A body
  2. A body
  3. Giancarlo Stanton, RF
  4. A body
  5. A body
  6. A body
  7. A body
  8. A body
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

Starlin Castro’s hitting streak disappeared in Cincinnati, as did his above-.300 OBP. It now sits at an even .300, buoyed by his three walks.

After a scorching hot start, Nate Schierholtz has cooled a bit in his last seven games, with a .208/.240/.292 line over that stretch.

David DeJesus remains the Cubs’ best hitter to date, with an OPS still over .900 from the leadoff spot. Carlos Villanueva and Travis Wood have been killing it for the rotation, and each is set up for another quality start.

For the Marlins, I won’t insult you by pretending that there is anyone on the big league roster who matters outside of Giancarlo Stanton (and uber prospect Jose Fernandez, whom the Cubs miss this series). He’s still looking for his first homer on the year, and is hitting just .200/.333/.255.

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 Marlins 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 an appropriately disappointed looking Giancarlo Stanton from Marlins Nation:

  • terencemann

    Let’s just pray that this isn’t the series where Stanton remembers he’s a bad mother-f**ker. Hopefully the Cubs’ pitchers just pitch around him like everybody else has.

  • cjdubbya

    “I really have to fart right now but it will smell horrible and I don’t want to get tossed.”

  • Frank

    It sure is easy following the Marlins lineup with most of the players named “A body”. What are the odds that 7 of the 9 players have the same name?

    • hansman1982

      (putting on my Doc hat)

      Well when you consider that there are 7 trillion possible name combinations and only 750 players at one time, that puts the liklihood at 7% or once every 37,000,000 years. Seeing that we have never had a player named A Body before, this is just a chance occurrance which you would expect to see once every 97 billion chances with a binomial error bar not exceeding 73%. And that’s the way it is.

      • Frank

        How can you call this just a chance occurrence when 7 of the players are named “a body”? May be someone should call Guinness so they can determine if it goes into the record book.

      • DocPeterWimsey

        *sniff* That brought tears to my eyes…..

        • Edwin

          Try not to rust.

  • cooter

    after this weekend we’ll know who’s the crummiest and who’s just crummy.

    • Featherstone

      nope, were going to split the series 2-2 and still wonder who is worse.

  • Edwin

    “These pretzels are making me thirsty”

  • Cubs Psychologist

    “Hmmm, should I demand a trade to AL East or AL West??”

  • wvcubsfan

    “Really?”……..”I mean really?”………”Why couldn’t they have traded me as well!!!!!”

  • Dougy D

    “He’ll pull out pretty soon.”

  • cubchymyst

    “There is no crying in baseball! Oh, your on the Marlins, I’ll allow it this time.”

  • Patrick G

    Brett I could be wrong but I thought Fernandez was chuckin’ on Sunday? At least that’s what my fantasy roster says.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Well, the doubleheader they had with the Twins may have screwed things up. Nolasco is currently listed as the probable pitcher per MLB.com, but each guy is on the same number of days’ rest.

  • MightyBear

    “Hmmm, I wonder which team I’ll be with next year.”

  • Rizzo44

    “Rangers, Mets, or Cubs next year… I wonder…”

  • Koyie Hill Sucks

    How is the Marlins pitching? Hopefully the cubs can heat up…

  • DarthHater

    “I’m gonna hold my breath ’til you trade me!”

  • Timothy Scarbrough

    “couldn’t they at least be lukewarm bodies?”

  • ssckelley

    Important series for the Cubs if they have any hopes of getting the #1 pick in next years draft.

  • Andy

    I LOL’d big time on the Marlins lineup. Well done.

    • http://www.justinjabs.com/blog/ justinjabs

      Me too!

  • Alex S

    Umpire: OH MY GOD! THAT’S GIANCARLO STANTON! HEY! HEY! CAN I GET YOUR-

    Stanton: Not today. Not f**king today.

  • Die hard

    If the Cubs don’t avg 6 in this series then it’s time to reshuffle the cards

  • Kubphan82

    “Damn, I never looked more like Corey Patterson than in this moment…”

    Seriously, he looks like CPat to me in this photo, and it only helps thy he just K’d.

  • Indy57

    Giancarlo: “How do I get out of here?”
    Umpire: “There’s a door down the right field line.”

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