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new york mets oldThe Cubs head out to New York and Citi Field. Last time they faced the Mets, it was all about young ace Matt Harvey. This time, no worries: he just pitched yesterday.

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 won in 14 innings yesterday against the Reds, but it was their only win in the four-game series. The downward trajectory continues apace.

The Mets aren’t much better – they’re 13 games under .500, spared from last place in the East by the Marlins. They just lost two of three to the Cardinals after dropping two in a row to those Marlins.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Friday, June 14 at 6:10 CT on CSN.
  • Saturday, June 15 at 12:10 CT on CSN.
  • Sunday, June 16 at 12:10 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: Edwin Jackson (2-8, 5.76), Scott Feldman (5-5, 3.22), Matt Garza (1-1, 6.26)

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

Mets

Starters: Shaun Marcum (0-7, 4.96), Jon Niese (3-5, 4.24), Jeremy Hefner (1-6, 4.11)

Lineup:

  1. Jordany Valdespin, 2B
  2. Omar Quintanilla, SS
  3. David Wright, 3B
  4. Daniel Murphy, 1B
  5. Lucas Duda, LF
  6. Marlon Byrd, RF
  7. John Buck, C
  8. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, CF
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

He somehow escapes commentary when folks talk about slumping Cubs, but David DeJesus has quietly been very bad since May 2, despite facing almost exclusively righties. His line over those 33 games: .237/.287/.351. Yikes.

Another ice cold Cub: Anthony Rizzo has one extra base hit in June. He’s slugging .162 this month.

David Wright is pretty much always good, but that’s been especially true over the last six games: .393/.433/.679. Then again, he’s just .239/.302/.386, so who knows. Hooray arbitrary end points!

After starting the season with six homers in his first ten games, and getting everyone all excited about a late-blooming catcher, John Buck has five homers over his last 44 games, and his line in those 44 games is just .194/.265/.315.

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 Mets 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.

A familiar face shows up in this one – it’s Marlon Byrd, who’s having some fun with the Mets this year (picture via Metro.us):

  • Patrick G

    I will be at the game tonight and these lineups look brutal. Last year I went and saw Rizzo hit a bomb, hope thats the case again tonight. GO CUBS!

  • Rizzo 44

    I think the Cubs should target Shin-Soo Choo this off season to play RF. He has a good arm and can play RF very well. Also He has very high OBP which the Cubs need very bad.

    • Drew7

      Choo would just add to the already abundant supply of OF who shouldn’t hit against LHP.

      • Rizzo 44

        That’s just a dumb thing to say. He can play everyday and would be better than any of our current OF’s.

        • gocatsgo2003

          He did say “shouldn’t” not “won’t” — I still think Choo could be trotted out there every day as your #1, #2, or #6 hitter against both RHP and LHP and he would be serviceable, but even he may be best-served by platooning against LHP.

          • Rizzo 44

            I just think with what he’s doing in Cinn. I would love that on the Cubs so i’d play him everyday. Just my opinion.

            • TWC

              You love how Cincy platoons him to maximize their advantages so you’d do the opposite if he came to the Cubs? Makes sense.

              • Rizzo 44

                He’s played in 65 games they’ve played like 68 so IDK where you’re getting your info. He plays almost everyday.

                • TWC

                  Well, I’m not pulling my info out of my ass like you appear to be.

                  http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/split.cgi?id=choosh01&year=2013&t=b#plato

                  Fewer than half of his PAs have come against LHP, and those that have have yielded a .529 OPS (that’s bad, kid. The .203 SLG is … worse than Koyie). It was pretty much the same story last year, too. He has no business playing against lefties.

                  • Rizzo 44

                    KID? Really? Well if you looked at Baseball Reference you would see he’s played in 65 out of 67 games. He may not hit well vs. lefties as the stats do show but overall he kills what we have currently.

                    • Rizzo 44

                      He isn’t going to have as many plate app. vs. lefties for one because there isn’t half as many lefties in the bigs as righties. So you don’t come with anything to this conv. kid.

                    • TWC

                      My word, do you know how to read a stats page? His career OPS is 248 points lower against LHPs! His SLG alone is almost 200 points lower! Why do you think he should be playing against them?

                    • Rizzo 44

                      That’s not what you said I was proving my point. It’s okay your wrong on platooning him in CInn. that’s what I was proving. He may very well not hit Lefties well, but he has a nice OBP and AVG isn’t everything that just proves a lot about you. Still much better than what we currently have and is doing great for Cinn. which has a winning record and playing great. He has scored 48 runs this year in the top 10 in MLB. OPS is 910 and OBP is 430 that’s pretty good. So come with better info little guy. I know my stats. I know how he hits against lefties. Do you know how to read a stats page is the better question.

        • Drew7

          You have a very odd definition of “dumb”.

          Choo’s OPS against LHP, held up by 7(!) HBP this year, is still an abysmal .529. That follows the robust .605 OPS he put up last year.

          Would he be an upgrade over NS and DDJ? Sure, enough of one to justify a multi-year contract for good money.

          • Drew7

            Damn – *Not enough of one…

          • Rizzo 44

            Disagree. More RHP than LHP and his OBP is about 75 to 100 points higher than Soriano, NS, and Dejesus. I see your point, but he would be worth the contract IMO. That dumb comment I shouldn’t have made. My bad. I just think we need some high OBP guys on our roster.

            • King Jeff

              I think the problem is that Choo is pricing hiimself out of the range of what he’s going to be worth over the course of his contract. I’d love to have Choo as a platoon guy, but I think he’s going to be too expensive for that role.

              • Rizzo 44

                I hate platoon’s I think its a waste of time. He should play everyday unless he needs a day to rest. I would think 145 games would be a good number for him.

                • TWC

                  But. He. Sucks. Against. Lefties.

                  You might hate platoons, but that doesn’t mean they don’t work.

                  • Rizzo 44

                    Where is it working? For which team? Name 5

                    • King Jeff

                      Check 3b, and then look at the rest of the numbers for 3b in the NL. It’s working there, it worked in SF last year, they had several platoon.s

                  • Rizzo 44

                    But who was the person everyone thinks of at 3B in San Fran? The Panda… I think like you said below it just depends on the lineup and protection around them. I myself don’t like platoons, but others do. Look what it’s doing for the Cubs. Not a whole lot better either way.

              • SenorGato

                Choo’s age and defense do nothing for me. Hes not the same hitter he was in Cleveland and I am not a believer in being able to repeat that .150 IsoOBP he has now. Hes also seen his fair share of injuries so there’s not even a low risk there.

                I think he is.more of a risky FA sign than his surface might indicate. Just as risky as Ellsbury to me without CF D or young player type skills/tools/attributes like Ellsbury has.

                • Rizzo 44

                  I agree with the injuries part of that as would be the same with Ellsbury. But I think either would be a crap shoot.

        • King Jeff

          He’s hitting .162 against lefties. You’re right though, stupid to think he can’t hit them.

          • Rizzo 44

            What’s Rizzo hitting against lefties? I didn’t say he was doing great against lefties. I said he could play everyday. He walks and gets on base that’s something we don’t currently do.

            • King Jeff

              Rizzo is hitting .228 and is 10 years younger than Choo and a much better defender at a more valuable position.

              • Rizzo 44

                That’s a little better. Still not great, but the OBP makes a big difference. I agree Rizzo needs to be in there, but Choo Would be just fine as an everyday player for the Cubs.

                • King Jeff

                  I don’t think we are really disagreeing, I just think I have less of an opinion of what Choo would be worth considering his age, contract, and defense. I think he could be an everyday guy, but we could also be stuck with slow moving outfielder who makes 12 million a year and can’t hit lefties. I would take Choo all day at the right price and with the right lineup protection ( A potential righthanded platoon mate if Choo struggles too much)

                  • Rizzo 44

                    Okay agreed. I don’t want to have another Soriano trust me.

                  • http://msn Sacko

                    If he comes in with any question about hitting lefties he would platoon. We’re already doing it 3 positions Please no and not for that money.

              • MichaelD

                ” … at a more valuable position”. First base more valuable than CF?

                • King Jeff

                  Choo isn’t long for CF.

                  • Rizzo 44

                    I agree RF is a much better spot for him, but I value his high OBP of 350 or better very much.

                  • MichaelD

                    Fine, but RF is also more valuable than 1B.

                    • Rizzo 44

                      Not if you have a GG first baseman or potentially a GG first baseman IMO. Rizzo is important and Choo would be as well if on the Cubs.

                    • TWC

                      Right. Because a golden glove award is really that important.

                      Quick: whose production would you rather have on your team? Darwin Barney or Brandon Phillips?

                    • Rizzo 44

                      That’s Easy BP but he also has a sick glove so that was a invalid point IMO.

                    • MichaelD

                      The quality of the defense is different than the underlying value of the position. Gold-glove defense at RF would be more valuable than gold-glove defense at 1B, just as average defense at RF would be more valuable than average defense at 1B. Given the relative quality of Rizzo and Choo’s defense, Rizzo might be more valuable in the field, but my point only really referred to the last part of King Jeff’s statement.

                    • Rizzo 44

                      I get that. I just was talking about Choo and Rizzo on the Cubs. Although a great GG 1B makes up for a lot of things on the INF so I think I would take the GG 1B over the GG RF.

              • King Jeff

                To a point I agree, but I think Rizzo at 1b is more valuable because of who plays SS.

                • MichaelD

                  I think that is a fair point as well.

    • gocatsgo2003

      Hold your horses… I’m about to agree with you.

      He seems like a very “Theo” kind of player with a career .288/.386/.467 stat line, though his splits are pretty heavy towards RHPs (117 tOPS+ vs RHP career against 61 vs LHP). Given that he will be 31, he may also be looking for a relatively long commitment from teams and I’m not entirely sure that’s something Hoyerstein wants to do with a pretty decent number of OF prospects coming through the ranks.

      • Rizzo 44

        I agree with that. If he would take a 3-4 year deal then I would think that would work for the Cubs.

        • Rizzo 44

          His WAR is around 3 that’s not bad and better than anything we have currently.

  • forlines

    I would throw up in my mouth if we picked up Soo Choo…I HATE that douche. He’s taken the spot of my least favorite player in the majors this season

    • Stinky Pete

      To clarify, where else can you throw up?

      • forlines

        out…of…my mouth….

    • Jp3

      He can’t be hated as much as every cubs most hated player, Ryan Braun can he?

      • Jp3

        Wait Lance Berkman just phoned in and said dont forget about me guys…

      • TWC

        I still hate Willie McGee the most. And Doc Gooden. And Andy Van Slyke. He killed us.

        • Jp3

          Tuffy Rhodes loves Doc Gooden however

        • frank

          And Steve Garvey.

        • Cubbie Blues

          Does this mean that Latroy is growing on you as time goes on?

          • TWC

            No. It’s just that my feelings for LaTroy go far beyond “hate”.

        • King Jeff

          and Dave Magadan, Jim Eisenreich, and Howard Johnson.

          • Jp3

            Brant Brown and Louiz Salazar and Jose Hernandez

        • DarthHater

          Bah! You children! Christy Mathewson was the worst. The Cubs couldn’t buy a hit off that guy.

  • forlines

    and to clarify, it’s for all of the reasons you posted, especially while facing the Cubs.

  • ssckelley

    oh you like dat ass?

  • Cleanup poster

    “Hey Braun, race you to the roid dealers house.”

    • King Jeff

      Quoting Marlon Byrd? He’s back to his old self, so I have suspicions.

    • cubchymyst

      that one made me laugh

    • CubbieBubba

      LOL! you mean the Anti-Aging dealers house – for research purposes only?

  • Mikelach13

    Will Henry Rodriguez finally join the Cubs in NY?

  • cubchymyst

    Still like to see Castro get an off day, Rizzo as well, just to give their bodies a chance to recover some.

  • DarthHater

    “Do these glasses make me look fat?”

    [img]http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj631/acecubbie/byrd-289x208_zps9da65228.jpg[/img]

    • Jp3

      So much for that gluten free diet… Or any other kind of diet

  • willis

    Rizzo moved down to 5 tonight, Schierholtz in the 3 spot. Interesting.

    • mudge

      wow that was my thought – schierholtz 3. same page w Sveum.

      • willis

        As well as he has been hitting, why not? Need some consistency out of the 3 hole. (that’s what she said). I’m all good with this.

    • YourResidentJag

      Do the have Sweeney in the lineup. Probably not since Rizzo batting 5th.

  • http://vdcinc.biz 70’scub

    Old spare parts come in one or two deals “max” by the way Cubs already have their Quota. Choo is an old spare part hitting buck 50 against lefties. I wish good luck to Dusty come October!

  • Die hard

    Game could be delayed… Why play Soriano in bad conditions and risk injury?

    • http://msn Sacko

      Any rumors on anyone interested in Sori?

  • TSB

    “Come on Davie, quit teasing me with that big bat of yours!”

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  • Camiata2

    Notice the lack of birds in the outfield this year? I ate them. All.

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