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St_Louis_CardinalsI can’t decide if heading to St. Louis to take on the Cardinals is the most appropriate follow-up to what happened yesterday … or the worst possible follow-up.

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 three in a row and took the series in New York against the Mets before, you know … losing yesterday.

The Cardinals haven’t lost a series since April. That about sums it up. If you need more, they’ve got the best record in baseball. (EDIT: Ok, except that series that they just lost in Miami. Oopsie-doodle.)

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Monday, June 17 at 6:05 CT on WCIU, ESPN.
  • Tuesday, June 18 at 7:15 CT on CSN.
  • Wednesday, June 19 at 7:15 CT on CSN.
  • Thursday, June 20 at 7:15 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: Travis Wood (5-5, 2.65), Jeff Samardzija (3-7, 3.46), Edwin Jackson (3-8, 5.40), Scott Feldman (6-5, 3.05)

Lineup:

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

Cardinals

Starters: Shelby Miller (7-4, 2.21), Adam Wainwright (10-3, 2.18), Jake Westbrook (2-2, 2.05), Lance Lynn (9-1, 3.56)

Lineup:

  1. Matt Carpenter, 2B
  2. Carlos Beltran, RF
  3. Matt Holliday, LF
  4. Allen Craig, 1B
  5. Yadier Molina, C
  6. David Freese, 3B
  7. Jon Jay, CF
  8. Pete Kozma, SS
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

Edwin Jackson has put together back-to-back great starts, which definitely qualifies as hot for him.

Nate Schierholtz got some love in the Bullets this morning, and I’ll give him some more here. After a deep slump took his OPS down to .800 in late May, he’s done this over his last 16 games: .362/.423/.766 with four homers, two triples, and three doubles.

Jon Jay is having his worst year with the Cardinals, and is hitting just .179/.264/.205 in his last 21 games.

Yadier Molina just keeps getting better offensively. It’s actually ridiculous. Coming into his age 28 season, Molina had a career 82 OPS+, and just one season equal to 100. In the last three years, he went 124, 137 and, this year, 143. Ridiculous.

What a freaking great deal the Carlos Beltran contract turned out to be. The Cards got him for just $13 million each of 2012 and 2013, and his bat has generally outproduced what Albert Pujols has done with the Angels. Man I hate the Cardinals …

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 Cardinals 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.

One of my favorite Cardinals pictures …

  • Camiata2

    Caption: “Oh, balls.”

  • Josephine

    Actually, the Cardinals just lost a series to Miami. Let that sink in a bit.

  • Werner

    Ah the hated Cardinals. Look at those ERAs. In-freakin’-credible. I so despise the Cards, which I would have thought Tony LaRussa leaving would have helped that a bit. It didn’t. Even just splitting the series with tattoo neck would make me happy.

  • CeeDeeVee5811

    Henry Rodriguez is nasty in 2k13. Lets hope he blows fastballs by the Cards in a winning fashion.

  • Tyler

    “Where will you be when diarrhea strikes?”

  • cooter

    what does the OPS+ stand for?

    • BluBlud

      your OPS compared to the rest of the league.

      • TWC

        -ish.

        • BluBlud

          keeping it general.

    • TWC

      OPS+ adjusts/normalizes a player’s OPS for league and ballpark effects, thereby allowing players’ data to be more easily compared. League average OPS+ is 100. An OPS+ of 105 means that player is 5% above league average.

      • cooter

        Thank you guys.

  • Bilbo161

    Caption: Are we there yet?

  • Rich H

    Caption : OOF there goes my Gold Glove.

  • Spriggs

    That cardinal lineup might as well say:
    Cobb
    Hornsby
    Ruth
    Mays
    Gehrig
    Bench
    Brett
    Ripken
    Koufax

  • http://mccarronlegal.com jmc

    well even a blind pig finds an acorn sometime. Maybe we’ll get lucky. I asked this on another thread what is the over under on losses this year and on losses next year after tradable players are gone?

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