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brewers logoThe Cubs shuffle up the road to Milwaukee to take on the Brewers, another team the Cubs can theoretically beat. It’s an NL Central cellar battle royale (with cheese)!

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 took two of three from the Astros after a rough patch. The Cubs are 12 games under .500 and 15 games back in the NL Central. Just like …

The Brewers, who dropped a series to the Astros before taking one from the Braves. The winner of this series will move into sole possession of 4th place in the NL Central.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Tuesday, June 25 at 7:10 CT on CSN.
  • Wednesday, June 26 at 7:10 CT on WGN.
  • Thursday, June 27 at 1:10 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: Edwin Jackson (3-9, 5.49), Scott Feldman (6-6, 3.39), Matt Garza (2-1, 4.25)

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

Brewers

Starters: Kyle Lohse (2-6, 3.68), Yovani Gallardo (6-6, 4.09), Wily Peralta (5-8, 5.59)

Lineup:

  1. Norichika Aoki, RF
  2. Jean Segura, SS
  3. Carlos Gomez, CF
  4. Aramis Ramirez, 3B
  5. Jonathon Lucroy, C
  6. Juan Francisco, 1B
  7. Rickie Weeks, 2B
  8. Logan Schafer, LF (Braun probably still out)
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

Focusing on the good …

Anthony Rizzo is hitting .438/.524/.875 with a couple homers over his last five games, which comes on the heels of a deep slump.

Darwin Barney is hitting .333/.340/.479 over his last 12 games. You’ll take that.

It’s just three games, but Welington Castillo has six hits, including a homer and a double over that stretch.

Edwin Jackson’s ERA is under three over his last three starts.

For the Brewers, Kyle Lohse has been great in his last three starts with a 1.35 ERA.

After an all-universe couple of months, Jean Segura’s line in his last 20 games is a more modest .293/.310/.463. Not that you wouldn’t gladly take that from a young shortstop …

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 Brewers 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.

Here’s a familiar face, stretching out (picture from TwinCities.com):

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