Cincinnati-Reds-Mr-RedThe Cubs are seeing a whole lot of the Reds in the early going, which is convenient for me, as I’ll be in Cincinnati to take in the series.

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 Pittsburgh after dropping two of three to the Mets. They are a season-worst 10 games below .500.



The Reds just swept those same Mets, and having won 10 of 12. They are good at baseball.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Friday, May 24 at 6:10 CT on WGN.
  • Saturday, May 25 at 3:10 CT on WGN.
  • Sunday, May 26 at 12:10 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: Scott Feldman (4-3, 2.19), Travis Wood (4-2, 2.24), Matt Garza (0-0, 0.00)

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

Reds

Starters: Bronson Arroyo (4-4, 3.28), Homer Bailey (2-3, 3.09), Johnny Cueto (2-0, 3.22)

Lineup:

  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/Xavier Paul, LF
  8. Devin Mesoraco, C
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

Once again, Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo are ice cold. Castro’s line is down to .270/.299/.378 for the year, and Rizzo has lost 81 points off of his OPS in just four games (wow), during which he doesn’t have a hit or a walk, and he’s struck out eight times.

After a very hot two weeks to begin the year, Nate Schierholtz has really struggled. He’s hitting just .239/.261/.432 over his last 27 games, which is the majority of the season.



Joey Votto is hitting .512 over his last 11 games. He leads the league in batting average (.358), OBP (.484), and OPS (1.030).

Bronson Arroyo has thrown 14.1 consecutive scoreless innings over his last two starts.

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 the man with the plan, and he doesn’t seem too happy with the umpire in this picture from Exposay.com:


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