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St_Louis_CardinalsWe’re in the middle of watching the Cubs sell-off, but it’s still the Cardinals. Watching the Cubs beat them is always worth it.

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 last night to the Angels, but, before that, they’d won four in a row. They’re nine games below .500, 15 games behind these Cardinals.

The Cardinals just swept the Astros in two after sweeping the Marlins in three. Must feel like mighty big men, picking on little teams.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Thursday, July 11 at 7:05 CT on CSN.
  • Friday, July 12 at 3:05 CT on WGN.
  • Saturday, July 13 at 6:15 CT on FOX.
  • Sunday, July 14 at 7:05 CT on ESPN.

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 (5-10, 5.50), Carlos Villanueva (2-4, 3.63), Matt Garza (5-1, 3.22), Travis Wood (6-6, 2.69)

Lineup:

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

Cardinals

Starters: Jake Westbrook (5-3, 2.78), Joe Kelly (0-3, 4.15), Lance Lynn (11-3, 3.67), Adam Wainwright (12-5, 2.30)

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

You don’t need me to remind you that Alfonso Soriano and Matt Garza are absurdly hot. Hopefully they keep that roll a-rollin’.

Nate Schierholtz has gone a bit chilly of late, hitting .210/.286/.355 over his last 16 games.

Your random Starlin Castro update, since he got that day off in Milwaukee: .250/.286/.400. It’s technically an improvement.

Remember how Yadier Molina could do absolutely no wrong in that last series against the Cubs? It was ridiculous. You’ll be glad to know, however, that, since that series, he’s hitting just .231/.273/.327.

Jake Westbrook might finally be coming down a bit. Since he last faced the Cubs, Westbrook has a 5.82 ERA over 17 innings.

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.

Tony La Russa is gone from the Cardinals, but I had to post this picture … about which I am deeply conflicted …

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