Series Preview: Cubs v. Rockies, August 5 – August 7, 2014

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Series Preview: Cubs v. Rockies, August 5 – August 7, 2014

Chicago Cubs

colorado rockiesI know that it’s hard to think about anything else that will take place in this series besides JAVIER BAEZ!!!, but there is a fair bit of meaning here. Just as was the case when the Cubs took three of four from the Rockies at Wrigley last week, this series means a lot in the (reverse) standings. There’s also some fun pitching in this one (including Travis Wood, who could be a blast at the plate in Coors Field, right?).

We’re Going Streaking

The Cubs have won five of their last seven, which includes a series win against these Rockies and another one over the mighty Dodgers. How about that?

The Rockies, on the other hand, dropped that series to the Cubs and then just got swept by the Tigers.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Tuesday, August 5 at 7:40 CT on CSN+.
  • Wednesday, August 6 at 7:40 CT on CSN.
  • Thursday, August 7 at 2:10 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.


Starters: Travis Wood (5.10 ERA, 4.21 FIP; 1.96 K/BB), Jake Arrieta (2.11 ERA, 2.10 FIP; 3.79 K/BB), Kyle Hendricks (2.05 ERA, 3.75 FIP; 2.43 K/BB)

Lineup (well this is a fun guessing game):

  1. Chris Coghlan, LF
  2. Arismendy Alcantara, CF
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Starlin Castro, SS
  5. Luis Valbuena, 3B
  6. Ryan Sweeney/Justin Ruggiano/Nate Schierholtz, RF
  7. Javier Baez, 2B
  8. Welington Castillo, C
  9. Pitcher


Starters: Brett Anderson (3.12 ERA, 3.09 FIP; 2.08 K/BB), Jordan Lyles (3.52 ERA, 3.92 FIP; 1.88 K/BB), TBA


  1. Charlie Blackmon, RF
  2. Josh Rutledge, SS
  3. Corey Dickerson, LF (if Carlos Gonzalez is unable to play)
  4. Nolan Arenado, 3B
  5. Justin Morneau, 1B
  6. Wilin Rosario, C
  7. Drew Stubbs, CF
  8. D.J. LeMahieu, 2B
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

Ah, screw it …

JAVIER BAEZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.