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diamondbacks logoThe Cubs welcome the Diamondbacks to Wrigley Field, which means old friend Bob Brenly will be back in town. Knife fight with Jim Deshaies? We’ll just have to see.

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 four in a row! This is crazy!

The Diamondbacks have won four of six, and currently sit atop the NL West.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Friday, May 31 at 1:20 CT on CSN.
  • Saturday, June 1 at 6:15 CT on FOX.
  • Sunday, June 2 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.

Cubs

Starters: Matt Garza (0-0, 4.00), Jeff Samardzija (3-6, 2.85), Edwin Jackson (1-7, 6.11)

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

Diamondbacks

Starters: Wade Miley (3-4, 4.53), Ian Kennedy (2-3, 4.70), Patrick Corbin (8-0, 1.71)

Lineups:

  1. Gerardo Parra, CF
  2. Didi Gregorius, SS
  3. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
  4. Eric Chavez, 3B
  5. Cody Ross, RF
  6. Miguel Montero, C
  7. Martin Prado, 2B
  8. Jason Kubel, LF
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

Starlin Castro’s woes continue, even as the rest of the team heats up. His K rate stands at a career high 16.3%, and his walk rate stands at a career low 3.9%. Even his isolated power is at a career low, just .103. No matter where you look, the numbers are alarmingly bad right now.

Kevin Gregg gave up his first earned run yesterday thanks to a new rule that requires six strikes for a strikeout. Still, his ERA stands at just 0.63.

Dioner Navarro is 3 for 3 with three homers and a walk in his last one game because lulz.

Wade Miley has an ERA approaching seven over his last five starts.

Patrick Corbin, on the other hand, has a 1.53 ERA in five May starts. He’s had dominant results all year, really.

1.022, .956, .920. Those are the OPS figures for Paul Goldschmidt, Eric Chavez, and Didi Gregorius.

.679, .672, .555. Those are the OPS figures for Cody Ross, Martin Prado, and Miguel Montero.

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 Diamondbacks 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 from Arizona Central pains me to use, and I still think only good thoughts, but …

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