The Cubs stop off at the home of another NL West contender, the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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 dropped two of three in Colorado, which actually marked their first series loss since the first week of July.
The Diamondbacks lost two of three to the Giants, and have seen their NL West lead slip to just 0.5 games over the surging Dodgers. Suddenly I’m conflicted about the outcome of this series.
Game Times and Broadcasts
- Monday, July 22 at 8:40 CT on CSN.
- Tuesday, July 23 at 8:40 CT on WGN.
- Wednesday, July 24 at 8:40 CT on CSN+.
- Thursday, July 25 at 8:40 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.
Starters: Matt Garza (6-1, 3.17), Travis Wood (6-6, 2.79), Jeff Samardzija (6-9, 3.91), Carlos Villanueva (2-6, 4.16)
- Luis Valbuena, 3B
- Starlin Castro, SS
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Alfonso Soriano, LF
- Nate Schierholtz, RF
- Junior Lake, CF
- Welington Castillo/Dioner Navarro, C
- Darwin Barney, 2B
Starters: Tyler Skaggs (2-1, 4.03), Patrick Corbin (11-1, 2.35), Ian Kennedy (3-7, 5.29), Wade Miley (6-8, 4.03)
Lineup (they have so many variations):
- Adam Eaton, CF
- Martin Prado, 3B
- Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
- Aaron Hill, 2B
- Miguel Montero, C
- Gerardo Parra, RF
- Cody Ross, LF
- Cliff Pennington, SS (Gregorius has missed games recently)
Hot or Not and Whom to Watch
I know you’re all going to be watching Matt Garza tonight, assuming he makes his start. He’s been as hot as any starting pitcher in baseball.
Starlin Castro since his day off in Milwaukee in late June: .311/.347/.478.
Paul Goldschmidt’s hot start has become a hot season, as he’s currently sporting a 156 OPS+. Yowsa.
Didi Gregorius since May 21: .221/.292/.292.
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 Diamondbacks 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.
The Diamondbacks have a new mascot, and he will flip you for-real: