The Cubs head back to Wrigley after a very successful road trip, and it’s the final series of July. Bro hug watch is in full effect.
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 just swept the Giants in San Francisco, and they are now 9.5 games behind the second wild card. No, I’m not saying that matters. But it felt like it was worth pointing out.
The Brewers sit lonely at the bottom of the NL Central at 43-61. But for the Marlins, the Brewers would sit at the bottom of the NL, too. And it isn’t going to get better for them.
Game Times and Broadcasts
- Monday, July 29 at 7:05 CT on CSN.
- Tuesday, July 30 at 1:20 CT on CSN.
- Tuesday, July 30 at 7:05 CT on CSN.
- Wednesday, July 31 at 7:05 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.
Starters: Jeff Samardzija (6-9, 3.94), Carlos Villanueva (2-7, 4.23), Jake Arrieta (0-0, -.–), Edwin Jackson (6-11, 4.89)
- David DeJesus, CF
- Junior Lake, LF
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Nate Schierholtz, RF
- Starlin Castro, SS
- Luis Valbuena, 3B
- Welington Castillo/Dioner Navarro, C
- Darwin Barney, 2B
Starters: Kyle Lohse (7-7, 3.37), Yovani Gallardo (8-9, 4.88), TBA, Wily Peralta (7-10, 4.54)
- Rickie Weeks, 2B
- Norichika Aoki, RF
- Jean Segura, SS
- Jonathon Lucroy, C
- Carlos Gomez, CF
- Caleb Gindl, LF
- Juan Francisco, 1B
- Yuniesky Betancourt, 3B
Hot or Not and Whom to Watch
Jake Arrieta makes his Cubs debut in Tuesday’s double-header as the 26th man. Looking forward to that one.
Nate Schierholtz is scorching over his last eight games, with a .400/.483/.920 line.
Kevin Gregg has given up only one earned run over his last seven innings of work. That’s good. He’s walked seven and allowed seven hits over that same stretch, though.
Junior Lake is 0 for his last 13, which means he’s terrible (in the same sense that his hot start meant that he was a hall of famer).
Obligatory Starlin Castro update, since his day off in Milwaukee in late June: .308/.352/.458 over 128 plate appearances.
You can’t watch Ryan Braun. You know, because he’s suspended. You know, for cheating.
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.