Cincinnati-Reds-Mr-RedAh, 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)


  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 (1-1, 4.34), Tony Cingrani (2-0, 1.50), Mat Latos (2-0, 1.83)


  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. Devin Mesoraco, C
  9. Pitcher

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).

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 is of an angry Jay Bruce, who recently took to Twitter to dump on some haters

  • cjdubbya

    What do you mean, I can’t ship my pants?

    • Dougy D

      You beat me to it. I was going with, “UH! I poop my pants!”

  • Cubbie Blues

    “5, 5 dollar, 5 dollar foot long.”

    • Rynomite

      The she view people could seriously use some foot longs, and that is not innuendo. Love the site but could you not promote eating disorders?

      • Cubbie Blues

        Eh, to each their own.

      • northsiders6

        Don’t click the link and look at them if you don’t want to see the she view.

      • baldtaxguy

        Nah. Black always looks slimming.

  • Jarr1015

    Hey Brett I will be at the game today. We’re are you sitting?

    • Drew

      we’re (we are) you sitting?? I mean seriously, you have to want to put that apostrophe in there. It does not happen by accident.

      WHERE are you sitting? Have you not been reading this site very long? RIGHT FIELD BLEACHERS?

      That’s like asking, Brett, What’s the name of your Cubs Website?

      • Cubbie Blues

        That wood b Bleacher Report.

      • mjhurdle

        actually, it can happen by accident. With today’s autocorrect apps available not just on a phone, but also through browsers like FireFox and Chrome, it is very easy to type ‘were’ and force it to decide whether you meant ‘We’re’ or ‘Where’.
        So maybe the heavy-handed critique of the grammar was a bit over-blown?

  • mjhurdle


  • Andrew

    To be fair to Hairston I believe he hit two homers in the Pads series

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