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

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.

    Cubs

    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

    Rockies

    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

    Lineup:

    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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    Brett Taylor is the Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and on LinkedIn here. Brett is also the founder of Bleacher Nation, which opened up shop in 2008 as an independent blog about the Chicago Cubs. Later growing to incorporate coverage of other Chicago sports, Bleacher Nation is now one of the largest regional sports blogs on the web.

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