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marlins logoA truly winnable series, eh?

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 took their first series in their last six tries, beating the Phillies in two of three.

The Marlins took one from the Braves yesterday after losing six straight and 10 of 11. They aren’t terribly good this year.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Monday, September 2 at 1:20 CT on WGN.
  • Tuesday, September 3 at 7:05 CT on CSN.
  • Wednesday, September 4 at 1:20 CT on CSN.

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 (8-10, 3.09), Edwin Jackson (7-14, 4.90), Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.13)

Lineup (I have no idea on some of the spots or starters, because we’re going to see regular changes):

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

Marlins

Starters: Henderson Alvarez (2-3, 3.90), Tom Koehler (3-9, 4.72), TBA

Lineup:

  1. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS
  2. Christian Yelich, LF
  3. Giancarlo Stanton, RF
  4. Placido Polanco, 3B
  5. Donovan Solano, 2B
  6. Ed Lucas, 1B
  7. Jake Marisnick, CF
  8. Jeff Mathis/KOYIE HILL, C
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

Darwin Barney is hitting just .198/.266/.270 over his last 36 games. Oof.

Starlin Castro has a little hot streak going, with a .900 OPS over his last 8 games.

That TBA up there was supposed to be phenom Jose Fernandez, but, unfortunately for viewers of this series, the Marlins decided to hold him back so that his next start was in Miami (which is understandable, from an attendance perspective). I suppose that’s good fortune for the Cubs, though.

It will be cool to see Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick, though – a couple of nice young talents. The Marlins really do have some quality young players, despite their miserly ways.

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 Marlins 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.

Billy, Billy. Keeping them kids entertained (via Sports Illustrated) …

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