Ah, my first series at Wrigley this year. It’s been too long.
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 split their four-gamer with the Padres after taking three of four from the Marlins. It was a nice-ish stretch against some bad teams.
The Reds are scuffling a fair bit, having dropped a three-game set to the Cardinals after dropping three of four to the Nationals. They’re now ahead of only the Cubs in the NL Central – of course they’re only two games out of first.
Game Times and Broadcasts
- Friday, May 3 at 1:20 CT on CSN.
- Saturday, May 4 at 12:05 CT on CSN.
- Sunday, May 5 at 1:20 CT on WGN.
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: Carlos Villanueva (1-1, 2.29), Jeff Samardzija (1-4, 3.35), Edwin Jackson (0-4, 6.27)
- David DeJesus, CF
- Starlin Castro, SS
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Alfonso Soriano, LF
- Nate Schierholtz, RF
- Welington Castillo/Dioner Navarro, C
- Luis Valbuena, 3B
- Darwin Barney, 2B
Starters: Mike Leake (1-1, 4.34), Tony Cingrani (2-0, 1.50), Mat Latos (2-0, 1.83)
- Shin-Soo Choo, CF
- Zack Cosart, SS
- Joey Votto, 1B
- Brandon Phillips, 2B
- Jay Bruce, RF
- Todd Frazier, 3B
- Chris Heisey, LF
- Devin Mesoraco, C
Hot or Not and Whom to Watch
Anthony Rizzo is on something of a tear, with a .268/.328/.607 line over his last 14 games.
Starlin Castro had been really scuffling, but has seven hits – including a double and a homer – over his last four games. He’s got a 1.059 OPS in that stretch.
Scott Hairston hit a homer in the Padres series, which qualifies as noteworthy.
Mike Leake was solid against the Cubs a week and a half ago, but he gave up four in just three innings against the Nationals last time out.
Since the start of the last series against the Cubs, Joey Votto has gone ice cold, hitting just .238/.273/.357 since the Cubs pitchers took him apart (clearly).
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.