Cincinnati-Reds-Mr-RedThe Cubs head home after a short road trip to host the Cincinnati Reds.

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 the finale, but they took their most recent series from the Cardinals, who are two games up on the …





Reds, who’ve slipped into third in the NL Central after sitting on top for a fair bit of the first half of the season. They’re still comfortably in Wild Card position, but, at just five games behind the Pirates, I’m sure they’d like to make a run soon. They’ve won four of five.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Monday, August 12 at 7:05 CT on CSN+.
  • Tuesday, August 13 at 7:05 CT on CSN, MLBN.
  • Wednesday, August 14 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.

Cubs

Starters: Travis Wood (7-8, 3.04), Jeff Samardzija (6-11, 4.23), Chris Rusin (2-1, 3.08)

Lineup:

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

Reds

Starters: Mat Latos (11-3, 3.21), Homer Bailey (7-10, 3.73), Bronson Arroyo (10-9, 3.51)

Lineup:

  1. Shin-Soo Choo, CF
  2. Zack Cosart, SS
  3. Joey Votto, 1B
  4. Brandon Phillips, 2B
  5. Jay Bruce, RF
  6. Todd Frazier, 3B
  7. Chris Heisey/Xavier Paul, LF
  8. Devin Mesoraco, C
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

Welington Castillo is as hot as anyone, hitting .405/.536/.619 in his last 15 games.

Anthony Rizzo has just one homer in his last nine games and a mere .135/.179/.243 line. But, to illustrate the problem of arbitrary endpoints, he had three homers in the two games that preceded that stretch.



Joey Votto is essentially never not hot, and he’s leading the league in OBP (.437) for the fourth straight season.

After a breakout 2012 season at age 26, Todd Frazier is hitting just .232/.325/.381 this year, including a .201/.301/.306 stretch in his last 39 games.

Mat Latos has a 1.73 ERA since the All-Star break, but he’s still missing a T in his first name.

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 Reds 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 picture offers a familiar-familiar face:

 


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