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braves logoNow the Cubs get to head back home … and face the Braves.

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 managed a win yesterday (well, technically earlier today), which avoided the four-game sweep by the powerful Brewers.

The Braves are solidly in first place in the NL East, where their magic number is two. As in: they can get there this series.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Friday, September 20 at 1:20 CT on CSN.
  • Saturday, September 21 at 3:05 CT on WGN.
  • Sunday, September 22 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: Scott Baker (0-0, 0.82), Travis Wood (9-11, 3.05), Edwin Jackson (8-16, 4.75)

Lineup (kind of nuts):

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

Braves

Starters: Paul Maholm (10-10, 4.35), Kris Medlen (14-12, 3.32), Julio Teheran (12-8, 3.14)

Lineups:

  1. Jordan Schafer, RF
  2. Justin Upton, LF
  3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
  4. Brian McCann/Evan Gattis, C
  5. Chris Johnson, 3B
  6. Andrelton Simmons, SS
  7. Dan Uggla/Elliott Johnson, 2B
  8. B.J. Upton, CF
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

Scott Baker gets another start to wind down the year. He’s been fairly successful so far, and I’m sure he’d love to rest his free agency hat on three good starts, even if that isn’t much.

Nate Schierholtz is having a rough September: .146/.208/.229

The Braves have two regulars (Dan Uggla, B.J. Upton) hitting under .190.

Of course, they also have Chris Johnson batting .327, which leads the league.

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 Braves 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.

How about the unsavory old Braves logo?

  • http://bleachenation Sacko

    It was really nice to see Watkins getting 3 hits and all solid hits. He has got to be feeing good tonight. Holy is it reasonable to say Gregg will get invited back next year? And what kind of contract?

    • Jason P

      I don’t see why not. Maybe a couple million to be a 7th-8th inning guy and a backup plan if no on else works out in the closer’s role.

  • wasssup

    Should have penciled Watkins in at second. Now we will here about it the entire series. If the wedding is open bar, get loopy.

  • wasssup

    The Popes Comments:

    “Many think that changes and reforms can take place in a short time,” he said. “I believe that we always need time to lay the foundations for real, effective change. And this is the time of discernment.”

    It wasn’t about the cubs but the question should have been.

    • CubFan Paul

      He must of been talking about the gay priests again. This Pope is definitely different.

  • http://google robert pfauth

    Well its time to say good by to dale sveum, and bring ryno or girardi in to start building the foundation of goodbasic defence and hiting , moving the runners base to base : )

    • Cubbie Blues

      I always love “goodbasic defence and hiting”. Man, that just hurt to even type. If only we had 3 potential gold glove winners this year.

      • hansman1982

        Man, Dale is just a garbage manager for some garbage teams. Theo and Jed’s plan all along was to hire a bum and waste three years so they could get Girardi.

  • Jamie

    Logo:
    How do you say “ah-choo” in Sioux or Cherokee?

  • Eternal Pessimist

    Finishing the season with Braves, Pirates and Cardinals…we are almost a lock for the 4th or 5th pick now.

  • Die hard

    I predict a sweep

    • Cubbie Blues

      You are feeling optimistic I see. It’s a nice change.

  • AA Correspondent

    The wife and I are making our first trip to Wrigley this weekend and we are very excited. Minor League players of the year (and Smokies) Javier Baez and Kyle Hendricks will be honored before Saturday’s game. Also hoping to say hello to several other former Smokies as well.

    Any suggestions for some “have to do’s” while in town are much appreciated.

    Brandon

    • Eternal Pessimist

      Same thing anyone should do when visiting Chicago, wear a bullet proof vest (Chicago just named murder capital of the country).

      Actually, if you are into Museums, they have a great art museum, field museum, and aquatic museum essentially on the edges of Grant Park. Get some Geno’s East pizza too!

      • Andrew

        Eternal Pessimist – to be fair… those stats show that total number does put Chicago at number 1, but the per capita stats do not.

        And yes – pizza from gino’s east or giordano’s (I prefer giordano’s but don’t think you can go wrong with either) and the Shedd Aquarium.

        • Andrew

          2nd half of that was for AA Correspondent. :)

          • Eternal Pessimist

            Yep, I think it was Flint, Michigan that one the per capita title for murders (1/1400 approximately so you can expect a nearly 1% chance of being murdered if you live there for a little over 10 years…nice.

            • MichiganGoat

              Flint is rough I taught a semester over there and its a ghost town and they don’t have the money to support a police force to match the crime rates over there. It actually makes Detroit look like a safe place.

              • DocPeterWimsey

                Yeah, that is one place that never recovered from the collapse of the auto industry.

                • MichiganGoat

                  It really is sad how far its fallen, one its in the middle of the state with nothing close to it (Lansing is the closest major city) and no business want to be that isolated and everything they try to do spark the economy only results in more debt. Driving around the closed factories is really depressing. Giant buildings of industrial power now overgrown by grass, weeds, and some trees popping through. It really looks like a post apocalyptic world. Detroit has some sad parts but for complete depression Flint is leader.

  • terencemann

    Get ready to see the Cubs in a lot of Braves highlight reels since 2 of the most important moments of the season for them (the Upton walk-off win and clinching) will be against the Cubs.

  • waittilthisyear

    if a .82 era is fairly successful, then i was only fairly drunk last night. o, and BJ Upton, yikes

  • True(ly) Blue

    Eating spots in Chicago abound. There are a dozen (or more great) of great steak houses in downtown or just north of the loop. If you want to step back in time about a half century go to Lowrey’s Prime Rib. They offer you 3 choices, regular size prime rib, large size prime rib and extra large prime rib. Every choice is great!!!!
    PS: You can tell that I like beef, eh?

  • Steve

    Hey Hey Holy Mackerel
    No Doubt About It
    The Cubs R On Their Way

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