brooklyn dodgers logoYasiel Puig and the Yasiel Puig Yasiel Puigs make their way to Wrigley Field to play some other team. PUIG!

I kid, mostly. Puig is an interesting young player, and it’s pretty fair to want to see him in action at Wrigley.

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 went from sweeping the Giants in San Francisco to almost getting swept in four games at home by the Brewers. Last night’s win avoided that unsavory outcome.

The Dodgers started this year in a long, schadenfreude-y slump, but they’ve been as hot as any team over the last two months, and they lead the NL West by 2.5 games. They’ve won 10 of 12 since the All-Star break. I guess SIGN ALL THE PLAYERS works sometimes.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Thursday, August 1 at 7:05 CT on CSN.
  • Friday, August 2 at 3:05 CT on WGN.
  • Saturday, August 3 at 3:05 CT on FOX.
  • Sunday, August 4 at 1:20 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: Chris Rusin (1-0, 2.93), Travis Wood (7-7, 2.79), Jeff Samardzija (6-9, 3.75), Carlos Villanueva (2-7, 4.33)


  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


Starters: Ricky Nolasco (6-9, 3.72), Hyun-Jin Ryu (9-3, 3.14), Chris Capuano (3-6, 4.54), Zack Greinke (8-3, 3.43)


  1. Carl Crawford, LF
  2. Yasiel Puig, RF
  3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  4. Hanley Ramirez, SS
  5. Andre Ethier, CF
  6. A.J. Ellis, C
  7. Skip Schumaker, 2B
  8. Juan Uribe, 3B
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

The story line …

Junior Lake (and his overeager, reactionary fans) is being introduced to two harsh concepts: BABIP regression and the adjustments of Major League pitching. After his seven-game, career-beginning, hype-inducing hitting streak ended seven games ago, Lake has hit just .111/.143/.111 in his last seven games. What if those seven had been his first seven games, rather than the hot seven? It’s a reminder that you can’t let the day-to-day, or even week-to-week highs and lows get you too high or low on a player. This was all expected with Lake – nothing that’s happened should make you any more or less excited about his possibility of becoming a big league regular. He’s got a lot to learn, a lot of development ahead of him.

After seeing some natural pullback, Yasiel Puig has gotten hot again in his last eight games, hitting .367/.472/.633. That actually isn’t that much better than his season line … he has been good. I never really cared for the Puig/Lake comparison for so many reasons, and I’m not going to perpetuate it here. They aren’t similar players, and they don’t come with similar expectations. Puig was signed for $42 million last year. Lake was expected to still be developing at AAA right now. If Lake emerges as a productive regular or quality utility player, that’s a win. If that happens to Puig, everyone will be disappointed.

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 Dodgers 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.

Today’s image is the successful Chicago man, relocated to the West Coast. He’s been maligned by some, but, with a financial assist, his team is playing incredibly well. It’s Ned Colletti, and he’s got a hell of a mustache:

ned colletti mustache

  • jj

    “I guess SIGN ALL THE PLAYERS works sometimes.” — 60 percent of the time it works every time.

  • cjdubbya

    “Try as I may, my mustache will never come close to the power of Dick Tidrow.”

  • Hee Seop Chode

    Once the Cubs have a jumbotron, can we have a big league payroll?

    • Jono

      Looks like a big league payroll to me

      • CubFan Paul

        “Looks like a big league payroll to me”

        For a team outside of the four major markets, yes.

        • Jono

          even for a major market

          • Jono

            …given the fact that they owners recently bought the team and they’re rebuilding. Of course, you could argue a top 4 market team should have top 4 payroll, but given the other factors, having an average payroll is just fine.

          • Jono

            And just because you have money doesn’t mean you have to spend it. That’s how teams get themselves in trouble. A top 4 market team definitely does not have to be a top 4 payroll.

      • Hee Seop Chode

        The Cubs started the season with the 14th highest payroll in baseball and traded 4 of their top 5 paid players the past few weeks. If you remove 1/2 a season’s salary of Marmol, Feldman, and Garza, and Including $6.5MM of salary releif on Soriano, the Cub’s payroll drops to under $88MM (20th). That’s below the Arizona, Baltimore, and Toronto.

        Just sayin, There should be a lot of $$$ to invest this offseason.

        • Chad

          Biggest problem is who will they invest it in? Shark? Trade extend with Price or Stanton etc.? There is going to be little on the FA market. Guess they could go get Garza again (HA)

        • Jono

          right, theyre in sell off mode. their payroll will decrease. I’d rather go by how they started the year, b/c they’re bound to add payroll in the off season. Payroll always drops after a sell off. For being 2 or 3 years after the owners spent hundreds of millions to buy the team, I really don’t mind that they want to keep payroll ONLY average. Average payroll is by definition a major league payroll

        • Jono

          And yea, they definitely have the money to spend. They were the most profitable team last year. I’m with you on that. They just have to spend it in an intelligent way, which is sadly an issue for baseball teams

          • TWC

            “And yea, they definitely have the money to spend. They were the most profitable team last year.”

            You’ve clearly studied their finances. You’ve done your homework on their debt obligations. You’re certainly not basing your opinion off of a single list that was published by a magazine.

            Oh, none of that is true?

            • Jono

              wow, yea, I’m going off that estimate. Big deal.

  • King Jeff

    Man, Colletti looks a lot like a younger version of Bob Rohrman.

    • Rebuilding

      LOL! You mean Bob Roooooooohhhhhhhhhhhrman!

  • Mike Taylor (no relation)

    Lake had two warning track shots in the same game, that stat line would look way better/different with 8 bases added to it.

    • mudge

      yep it does.

  • forlines


    I hope by “and it’s pretty fair to want to see him in action at Wrigley” means that you would like to see him go 0-16. The last thing I want to see is the ONE CUBAN WE DIDN’T LAND completely destroy us…

  • North Side Irish

    I don’t know if anyone else is noticing this, but I feel like the Cubs are trying to be a lot more kid-friendly at the games. Took my daughter and her friend to the game last night and each kid got four stickers from different ushers. And one creepy old usher gave them each a piece of candy too (had to buy ice cream to make up for not letting them eat that). Last time I took her, she got three stickers and baseball with the date of the game on it. Time before that, it was stickers, crayons, and a coloring book.

    The Cubs know they don’t have room to add a playground like other parks, so it seems like they are trying to do more little things for the kids. I don’t remember my daughter getting anything in previous years.

    • H.A.

      The Cubs’ business operations department put the blame on the players for a profanity-laden song that played over the p.a. system during Wednesday’s batting practice with children in the park. The Cubs usually check the mix-tape, but inadvertently played a Lil Wayne song called “B******* Love Me” that contained the profanities. A Cubs official said the team regretted the error and the song will be removed from the playlist.

      Source: Chicago Tribune

  • TWC

    “… at Celozzi-Ettelson/Colletti Chevrolet, at York & Roosevelt Road, where you always save more money!”

  • #23

    It will be nice when we can finally see starting lineups with more offensive punch (without Valbuena and Barney).

  • sprtswiz1

    I am actually flying in for my annual game of the season at Wrigley. Going to the game Saturday night and actually have seats in right field. I would be lying if I didn’t say that I am a little excited to see Puig play so he better not sit out that game. Looking forward to the game and seeing Wrigley one last time before the renovations start and then dinner at Gibson’s following the game, my mouth is salivating already.

  • TSB

    ” Your wearing underwear and I’m not.”

  • PR Cajun

    Maybe Shark can give him 3 K’s to go with your Saturday showing.

  • Toby

    Coletti doesn’t have a mustache – he just needs to trim his nosehairs.

  • LWeb23

    If you don’t already, I would suggest following @DodgerzGM . It’s a fake Ned Coletti. Not quite as good as the old Fake Jim Hendry, but it’s still high quality. I’d say at least give it a try for the series.

  • http://Bleachernation Lou Brock

    My family has been friends of the Colletti’s for many years. Ned, his wife Gail, and their two children are some of the nicest people we have had the privilege to know and get to spend time with.
    Although most of you who contribute on this blog are very knowledgeable and sometimes witty I think the personal digs should be kept to a minimum and based on something more than how someone looks.
    My wife and I run a charity event every year and Ned and the Dodger organization have always generously contributed to our event. I appreciate their commitment and Ned’s friendship.

  • Carne Harris

    “How’s life changed since Puig? Well, I hadn’t cut a hole in this pocket for one.”

  • Mike

    Great she-view for Dodger series. And, yes, Alyssa Milano is, and has been, a stunner for decades.

  • Tyler

    Nice to see we’ll miss Kershaw.

  • On The Farm

    How is caption the enemy not a Carlos Marmol picture?

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