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phillies logoI’m not going to blame anyone who chooses to focus on the Sandberg angle in this one. Otherwise, it’s just a late-season series between two teams with losing records.

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 have lost five straight series, and things feel like they’ve taken a turn for the worst.

The Phillies have continued to be a middling team, at best, having won seven of their last twelve – that constitutes a great streak this year for them.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Friday, August 30 at 1:20 CT on WGN.
  • Saturday, August 31 at 3:05 CT on CSN, MLBN.
  • Sunday, September 1 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: Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.03), Chris Rusin (2-3, 2.64), Jake Arrieta (1-1, 4.50)

Lineup (I have no idea on some of the spots):

  1. Starlin Castro, SS
  2. Darwin Barney, 2B (?)
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Nate Schierholtz, RF
  5. Donnie Murphy, 3B (?)
  6. Brian Bogusevic, LF (?)
  7. Junior Lake, CF (?)
  8. Welington Castillo/Dioner Navarro, C (?)
  9. Pitcher

Phillies

Starters: Roy Halladay (3-4, 7.81), Cliff Lee (11-6, 3.07), Kyle Kendrick (10-11, 4.40)

Lineup:

  1. Roger Bernadina, CF
  2. Jimmy Rollins, SS
  3. Chase Utley, 2B
  4. Carlos Ruiz, C
  5. Domonic Brown, LF
  6. Michael Young, 1B
  7. Cody Asche, 3B
  8. John Mayberry, RF
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

Jeff Samardzija will look to keep his hot ways going after winning NL Player of the Week honors last week.

Roy Halladay was fairly effective last time out, which was his first start since he went down in May with shoulder troubles.

Since being an early-season darling, Domonic Brown is hitting .259/.312/.431 in his last 58 games. That’s not bad, but it’s not all that great, either.

Chase Utley is hitting .272/.343/.479 this season, which, outside of Brown, is about as good as it gets for the Phillies offensively.

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 Phillies 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.

Can you handle a picture of the man, himself, at the head of the Phillies?

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