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San_Francisco_Giants_logoThe Soriano-less Cubs finish up their West Coast swing with a stop in San Francisco. The mood is probably still a little down.

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 split their four-game set in Arizona, which is probably something of a win. They still lost only one series since the first week of July.

The Giants are nine games under .500, but only 7 games out in the NL West (must be nice). They lost three of four to the Reds, and have lost four of five overall.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Friday, July 26 at 9:15 CT on WGN.
  • Saturday, July 27 at 8:05 CT on CSN.
  • Sunday, July 28 at 3:05 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 (6-11, 5.03), Chris Rusin (1-0, 5.40), Travis Wood (6-7, 2.95)

Lineup (a guess in the post-Soriano world):

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

Giants

Starters: Matt Cain (6-6, 5.00), Madison Bumgarner (10-6, 2.93), Tim Lincecum (5-10, 4.73)

Lineup:

  1. Gregor Blanco, CF
  2. Marco Scutaro, 2B
  3. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
  4. Buster Posey, C
  5. Hunter Pence, RF
  6. Brandon Belt, 1B
  7. Jeff Francoeur, LF
  8. Brandon Crawford, SS
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

For the first time in several series, there isn’t a clear, singular person to watch for trade rumor purposes. Now we can just hope they all play well and stay healthy.

Starlin Castro since his day off in Milwaukee in late June (yes, this is a running thing): .308/.357/.477.

Nate Schierholtz returns to San Francisco on a hot streak: .533/.563/1.133 over his last five games with two homers and three doubles.

Matt Cain has had a rough go of it this year, at least by his standards.

After his 148 pitch no-hitter, Tim Lincecum gave up 8 earned runs over 3.2 innings in his last start.

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 Giants 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.

Hunter Pence is an odd bird (at Wrigley Field, to boot). Picture via tumblr:

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