Cincinnati-Reds-Mr-RedThe Cubs put together a nice win yesterday against the Pirates, but now they face yet another NL Central big dog, the Reds. Seems like the Cubs are always playing the Reds this year.

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 lost two of three to the Pirates, but, since that one win was yesterday, we can say they’re on a winning streak. Of one.

The Reds drop their last series with the Cardinals, and have lost four of five. They’ve fallen back into a tie with the Pirates in the NL Central, four games back of the Cardinals.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Monday, June 10 at 7:05 CT on CSN.
  • Tuesday, June 11 at 7:05 CT on WGN.
  • Wednesday, June 12 at 1:20 CT on CSN, MLBN.
  • Thursday, June 13 at 1:20 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.


Starters: Scott Feldman (5-4, 2.84), Matt Garza (1-0, 4.03), Travis Wood (5-4, 2.65), Jeff Samardzija (3-7, 3.18)


  1. David DeJesus, CF
  2. Luis Valbuena, 3B
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Alfonso Soriano, LF
  5. Nate Schierholtz, RF
  6. Welington Castillo/Dioner Navarro, C
  7. Starlin Castro, SS
  8. Darwin Barney, 2B
  9. Pitcher


Starters: Homer Bailey (3-4, 3.84), Tony Cingrani (2-0, 3.27), Mike Leake (5-3, 2.93), TBA


  1. Shin-Soo Choo, CF
  2. Zack Cozart, 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

Alfonso Soriano is officially hot. He’s sporting a .311/.373/.600 line over his last 12 games, and his OPS+ is 101. Above average!

Anthony Rizzo has a 12-game on-base streak going, but he also has a mere .627 OPS in June.

Dioner Navarro has his season line up to .279/.364/.559.

Joey Votto and Shin-Soo Choo are the top two on-base men in the National League. Must be nice.

Jay Bruce leads the league in strikeouts, with 78.

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 Reds’ big bat, who … well … you see:

  • DocPeterWimsey

    Red Wedding jokes, anybody?

    • Cubbie Blues

      This might be a slaughter.

    • cubchymyst

      …. its called the aristocrats

    • hansman1982

      Clearly we aren’t Robb Stark…he at least had SOME success before the slaughter…

      • Cubbie Blues

        Would you rather be “King of the North” for a short while and die young or like his father, Ned, be the King’s hand for a good bit of time and die at an older age?

  • hansman1982

    BTW, Castro’s last 7 days:

    .296 .345 .407

    But I guess, he just needs a day off.

    • Cubbie Blues

      Would you rather be “King of the North” for a short while and die young or like his father, Ned, be the King’s hand for a good bit of time and die at an older age?

      • hansman1982

        If I had Robb’s wife…him.

    • hansman1982

      Le sigh, I hate Fangraphs Ottoneu sortable stats. Ignore that people.

      .056 .150 .111

      He needs a few days off.

      • Cyranojoe

        That’s quite a shift.

  • frank

    That Botox really works!

  • David

    I heard that the Tigers are desperate for bullpen help and wants to go all in for this year. Seems like the cubs should be all over this. Russell & Gregg for that Rondon guy in their minor league system? This is the guy who they wanted as their closer to start the year, he obviously got off to a bad start, throws upper 90’s but command issues. Thoughts from the group???

  • The Dude Abides

    Sounds like the Reds are slumping, I look forward to checking out how we do against a division rival.

    • willis

      Not to ruin it for you, but they will lose. Somehow, some way, even when leading most of games and getting decent pitching, they will lose.

  • kgd

    What has been seen cannot be unseen…

  • North Side Irish

    Sounds like more of us need to start watching the games…

    Danny Ecker ‏@DannyEcker 3m
    Cubs and Sox TV ratings both down double digits so far this yr. Also, Sox’s paid attendance up 10%, Cubs’ down 14%: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20130610/BLOGS04/130619996/sox-cubs-tv-ratings-down-double-digits

    • cub4life

      I would watch more, but every time I go to watch they aren’t on. Either WGN or the mlb package that is out here, and yet the other day there were 8 different games on that had the home and away………smh

  • willis

    I think I hate the Reds as much as the Cardinals. It’s mostly Dusty and Votto, but I do hate this team.

  • Jackalope

    Caption: Reds star Joey Votto can’t bear to watch Dusty Baker’s horrific abuse of his pitchers.

  • Schrodinger’s Cat

    No Cueto. Four game sweep, one time??? Then the Cubs have the Mets, Astros, and Mariners mixed with a four game series with the Cards.

  • Drew7

    A bit off-topic, but did anyone else notice Putnam’s ERA and FIP numbers?

    ERA: 15.43
    FIP: -.36

    That’s right – his FIP is *below zero*. SSS aside, that’s crazy.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Haha. Great find.

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