colorado rockiesThe Cubs come back home for a short, six-game homestand. Tonight, they kick it off with the Rockies.

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 have won two in a row, and took a series from the Nationals in Washington. It was swell.

The Rockies have been one of the surprises this year, a few games over .500 despite entering the season as one of the favorites to compete with the Cubs/Astros/Marlins/Twins at the bottom of the pack. Their good luck might be running out, though, as they’ve lost seven of their last ten.



Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Monday, May 13 at 7:05 CT on WCIU.
  • Tuesday, May 14 at 7:05 CT on CSN.
  • Wednesday, May 15 at 7:05 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: Travis Wood (3-2, 2.33), Carlos Villanueva (1-2, 3.02), Jeff Samardzija (1-5, 3.70)

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

Rockies

Starters: Juan Nicasio (3-0, 4.72), Jeff Francis (1-3, 6.90), Jon Garland (3-3, 4.83)

Lineup:

  1. Eric Young, RF
  2. Dexter Fowler, CF
  3. Carlos Gonzalez, LF
  4. Troy Tulowitzki, SS
  5. Todd Helton, 1B
  6. Wilin Rosario, C
  7. Nolan Arenado, 3B
  8. Josh Rutledge, 2B
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

Anthony Rizzo just got paaaaaid by the Cubs, and, if you based it only on his last 16 games, he probably deserves more: .419/.478/.694.

Starlin Castro’s OPS+ stands at just 87, and he’s gone .247/.278/.323 over his last 22 games. He’ll work it out eventually, but I remain of the mind that he needs a day off to sit on the bench and collect his thoughts.



Carlos Villanueva, whose rotation spot is hanging by a thread in Matt Garza’s elbow, has a 5.40 ERA over his last three starts.

A number of Rockies hitters look “cold” right now, which could be their problem, or it could simply be the product of back-to-back dominating performances by Shelby Miller and Adam Wainwright.

Juan Nicasio hasn’t managed to go more than five innings in any of his last six starts. And, no, the Rockies aren’t doing the 4-man/8-man rotation thing this year.



Troy Tulowitzki is doing what Troy Tulowitzki does when he’s healthy: he’s hitting .324/.415/.627. And he’s a shortstop. He is insanely valuable.

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 Rockies 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.

There is but one villain in Denver. It’s Dinger:

rockies dinger


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