St_Louis_CardinalsThe Cardinals come to Chicago for a 1920s weekend home series, and the Cubs are still looking for their first series win.

The Series Preview gives you the rundown on what you need to know for the upcoming series. In that way, it’s kind of a preview. About a series. See how that works?

We’re Going Streaking

The Cubs split their rain-shortened two-game set in Cincinnati this week, putting together one of their best overall games on Wednesday. They, however, are just 9-17 on the year, far behind the Brewers and …



The Cardinals, who are 15-14, having just dropped two of three to those Brewers. They’ve actually lost seven of their last eleven, so there’s that. If they get swept by the Cubs, they’ll be tied in the loss column!

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Friday, May 2 at 1:20 CT on CSN, MLBN.
  • Saturday, May 3 at 12:05 CT on CSN+, FS1.
  • Sunday, May 4 at 7:05 CT on ESPN.

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 (3.52 ERA, 3.26 FIP; 4.43 K/BB), Jake Arrieta (Season Debut), Jason Hammel (2.08 ERA, 4.06 FIP; 3.86 K/BB)

Lineup (with obvious rotations in place):

  1. Emilio Bonifacio, CF
  2. Luis Valbuena, 2B
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Starlin Castro, SS
  5. Nate Schierholtz, RF
  6. Mike Olt, 3B
  7. Welington Castillo, C
  8. Ryan Kalish, LF
  9. Pitcher

Cardinals

Starters: Adam Wainwright (1.20 ERA, 2.35 FIP; 3.82 K/BB), Michael Wacha (2.48 ERA, 2.58 FIP; 4.40 K/BB), Lance Lynn (3.60 ERA, 3.45 FIP; 3.64 K/BB)



Lineup:

  1. Matt Carpenter, 3B
  2. Jon Jay, CF
  3. Matt Holliday, LF
  4. Matt Adams, 1B
  5. Yadier Molina, C
  6. Allen Craig, RF
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Mark Ellis, 2B
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

Jake Arrieta makes his season debut! That’ll be cool, and hopefully he looks sharp and healthy. Beyond that, I don’t want to hope for too much too early.

If you want to know which bats are hot, you can just look back upon this post and smile.

You can add in Ryan Kalish, who’s gone .429/.455/.476 over his last 10 games. Then again, that’s pretty much entirely batting average-driven, which isn’t typically sustainable over a very long stretch (that 10-game span includes just one walk and one extra base hit).

Nate Schierholtz I’m-a-little-nervous-but-it’s-still-early watch: .217/.227/.265. Yikes.

Adam Wainwright comes into this series having not allowed a run in his last 25 innings. I can only assume the Cubs are the kind of team that would break such a streak.



Although he started out ice cold, Jhonny Peralta has been on fire of late, hitting .333/.407/.667 in his last six games.

Is the voodoo magic shine wearing off of Matt Carpenter right after he signed that big extension? Probably not, since, you know, Cardinals, but he’s hitting .242/.333/.288 in his last 17 games after a hot start to the year.

So far, Peter Bourjos is doing a whole lot of nothing for the Cardinals: .160/.250/.260. Oscar Taveras waits in the wings …

Note: As you’re just now noticing, the Series She-View has been retired for the 2014 season. I know for some of you this will be a disheartening development (and I’d encourage you to take it to the Message Board if you’d like to continue the tradition). It was just time to move on.




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