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Series Preview: Cubs @ Braves; April 5 – April 7, 2013

Consider this a stiff test for the Cubs, nothing against the Pirates, but the Braves are a different animal.  The weather should be much nicer than it was in Pittsburgh so hopefully that means that Cubs bats will heat up with the temperatures as they have been cold as ice so far.  That said, the Cubs enter the series with a 2-1 record, the same as the Braves, below you will find all the important information pertaining to the upcoming series, everything you need to know in one convenient place.

Last Series:

Cubs won two out of three against the Pirates in Pittsburgh

Braves won two out of three against the Phillies at home

Game Times and Broadcast Information:

  • Friday, April 5, 2013 – 6:30 PM CST on CSN+ (click to find your channel), MLBN
  • Saturday, April 6, 2013 – 6:10 PM CST on WGN TV
  • Sunday, April 7, 2013 – 12:35 PM CST on CSN Chicago

Starting Pitchers Scheduled:

Cubs:

Game OneScott Feldman (0-0, 0.00)
- Career vs. Atlanta (1 GS)  (0-0, 2.57 ERA)

Game TwoCarlos Villanueva (0-0, 0.00)
- Career vs. Atlanta (10 appearances, 1 GS) (1-2, 7.20 ERA)

Game ThreeJeff Samardzija (1-0, 0.00)
- Career vs. Atlanta (8 appearances, 2 GS) (2-0, 2.66 ER)

Braves:

Game One - Mike Minor (0-0, 0.00)
- Career vs. Cubs (4 GS)  (4-0, 4.30 ERA)

Game Two - Julio Teheran (0-0, 0.00)
- Career vs. Cubs (First appearance)

Game Three - Tim Hudson (0-0, 6.23)
- Career vs. Cubs (6 GS) (2-1, 3.44 ER)

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not:

For the Cubs, the entire offense is frigid, only scoring six runs over the first three games of the season.  They aren’t getting hits either as they have the worst team batting average in all of baseball at .121, they don’t ask how, just how many when it comes to wins….or something like that.  Closest thing resembling a hot hitter would be Nate Schierholtz, Nate had a huge two-run homer yesterday, and is hitting .333 on the season.  The Cubs pitching has been fantastic, well Cubs pitching not including anyone named Carlos Marmol.  The Cubs are 8th in the Majors with a 2.08 team ERA, a big reason why they are 2-1.

The Braves have as many home runs as the Cubs do runs (six).  Freddie Freeman is on a mission in the early going, hitting .500 (5-for-10) with one double, one home run, and six RBI’s.  One of the Braves newcomers isn’t finding things so easy, B.J. Upton has been slow out of the gate going 0-for-11 with seven strikeouts.  The Braves are hovering around the middle of the pack when it comes to team ERA with a respectable 3.00, surprisingly Tim Hudson isn’t helping as his only start was a rough one where he gave up three runs in 4.1 innings of work.

Bold Prediction:

Look for the Cubs bats to get healthier in this series despite having to face two young stars in Minor and Teheran, and one solid veteran in Hudson.  Unfortunately the Braves will continue their hot hitting and take two out of three from the Cubs this weekend.

Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
- George

September 10 – 12, 2012; @ Astros – Series Preview

The Cubs are heading into this series on a high note coming off a three game sweep in Pittsburgh, a sweep that put a major dent in the Pirates playoff hopes.  It will be quite the different atmosphere in Houston as this three game set will be a battle for the first pick in the draft.  Huge crowds usually don’t turn out for these types of series, couple that with the NFL season getting underway and it could be a very empty ballpark.  The Cubs shouldn’t worry about that, they should worry about going out there and getting better with each game, and trying to win a job for next year.  Two guys that have jobs locked up for next year, Starlin Castro, and Anthony Rizzo, are leading the Cubs charge as both are red-hot at the plate.  Castro is hitting .333 in September, and Rizzo is hitting a whopping .382 during the month, unfortunately that hasn’t translated to many win as the Cubs are a less than stellar 3-6.  If the Cubs want to extend their winning streak this week they are going to need the starting staff to step up as it will now be without Samardzija for the rest of 2012.

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Here are the pitching matchups for the four game series.

Monday September  10, 2012
Cubs: Chris Volstad (2-10, 6.23 ERA)
Houston: Dallas Keuchel (1-7, 5.54 ERA)

Tuesday September 11, 2012
Cubs: Justin Germano (2-6, 6.95 ERA)
Houston: Jordan Lyles (3-11, 5.55 ERA)

Wednesday September 12, 2012
Cubs: Travis Wood (5-11, 4.42 ERA)
Houston: Fernando Abad (0-3, 5.30 ERA)

Season Series:  Chicago leads 5-4

Prediction:  Cubs win series 2-1

Thanks for reading,
- George

August 27 – 30, 2012; vs. Brewers – Series Preview

Milwaukee Brewers Mascot Wallpaper 

The Cubs look to continue their success on the longest home stand of the year as they welcome the Brewers to town for a four game set.  Revenge might also be on the Cubs mind as they were swept by the Brewers last week in Milwaukee.  At this point both teams are playing out the string, but it’s an important time for many young guys as they are trying to impress the front office heading into next year.  One guy that is doing that lately is Brett Jackson, after struggling immediately after his call up Jackson has made the necessary adjustments to find results.  It seems to be working as Jackson was 4-for-8 against the Rockies with two home runs and three RBI’s.  He will look to continue that success against a Brewers team that is finally finding some traction, just a little too late to salvage this season.  The Brewers are 7-3 in their last ten games and are playing much better baseball of late.  They are led by reigning MVP Ryan Braun who is putting up similar numbers this year, if the Cubs want to get that revenge against the Brewers they are going to have to shut Braun down.  Surprisingly the Cubs have limited Braun this year, sure he is hitting .304 against the Cubs this year but he only has one home run, and four RBI’s. 

August 27, 2012 – August 30, 2012; Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL

 

 

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Here are the pitching matchups for the four game series.

Monday August 27, 2012
Milwaukee: Marco Estrada (1-5, 4.23 ERA)
Cubs: Justin Germano (2-3, 5.40 ERA)

Tuesday August 28, 2012
Milwaukee: Yovanni Gallardo (13-8, 3.62 ERA)
Cubs: Travis Wood (4-10, 4.76 ERA)

Wednesday August 29, 2012
Milwaukee: Mike Fiers (7-6, 2.98 ERA)
Cubs: Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.09 ERA)

Thursday August 30, 2012
Milwaukee: Shaun Marcum (5-4, 3.19 ERA)
Cubs: Brooks Raley (1-2, 6.64 ERA)

Season Series:  Brewers lead 10-3;  What!?  That’s unacceptable

Prediction:  Cubs Split Series 2-2

Thanks for reading,
- George

 

 

August 13 – 15, 2012; vs. Astros – Series Preview

 Houston Astros Logo - Astrodome above Astros blue script on orange

If you are a fan of well-played baseball you might want to avoid turning on the Cubs the next three days as they welcome to lowly Astros to town.  The two teams are a combined 65 games under .500, the Astros being 40 under and the Cubs being 25 under.  If you are interested in watching a race for who gets the number one pick in next years draft then this one is for you.  The Cubs bats have gone silent, they were already pretty quiet to begin with by they are in full on mute mode right now.  They were shut out on Sunday by the Reds, it was their 11th time being shut out this season.  It was also the Cubs 11th loss in their last 12 games, and I would venture to say that this stretch of baseball is even worse than the 12 game losing streak earlier in the season.  The Astros might be exactly what the Cubs need to get back on track, although they are coming off a series win over the Brewers.  The good news is that the Cubs pitching staff won’t have to worry about Carlos Lee this time around as the Astros are much like the Cubs, full of guys trying to make a name for themselves heading into next year.

August 13, 2012 – August 15, 2012:  Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL

 

 

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Here are the pitching matchups for the three game series.

Monday August 13, 2012
Houston: Armando Galarraga (0-2, 4.70 ERA)
Cubs: Jeff Samardzija (7-10, 4.21ERA)

No one has really heard much from Armando Galarraga since his perfect game that wasn’t while he was with the Tigers.  That’s because he has been living in the minor leagues since then aside from a handful of starts with the D-Backs last year.  He is now getting a shot to see what he can do at the major league level with the Astros.  Galarraga has some experience against the Cubs, making three career starts going 2-1 with a 4.95 ERA and a 1.050 WHIP.  Jeff Samardzija is coming off a stellar seven inning start against the Padres and has seen a lot of the Astros, out of the bullpen.  He has only made one career start against the Astros, it came this year as Shark allowed two runs over six innings in a loss in Houston in May.   

Tuesday August 14, 2012
Houston: Lucas Harrell (9-8, 3.97 ERA)
Cubs: Chris Volstad (0-8, 6.94 ERA)

One of the very few bright spots for the Astros this year has been the performance of Lucas Harrell.  Harrell is above .500 this year, that is saying something considering the team his pitches for is 40 games under.  Harrell has very limited experience against the Cubs in his career, he only has two appearances out of the pen and has not given up a run.  Chris Volstad is coming off his best performance of the year, unfortunately it did not result in a win as Volstad is still searching for one of those, has been since July of last year.  In his career, Volstad has been decent against the Astros, he has a 3-0 record with a 4.40 ERA in five career starts.  He will win this game.

Wednesday August 15, 2012
Houston: Bud Norris (5-9, 4.93 ERA)
Cubs: Justin Germano (1-2, 4.26 ERA)

For as surprising as Harrell has been, Bud Norris has been equally as disappointing this season.  His ERA is hovering around five and he is four games under .500, however Norris has been much better as of late.  He has also been outstanding against the Cubs in his career.  Norris has had seven career appearances against the Cubs (6 starts), and is 3-3 with a 2.52 ERA.  Justin Germano came back to Earth in his last start and the last team he probably wants to see is the Astros.  In two career starts Germano is 0-2 with a 12.54 ERA, that’s really all that has to be said about that. 

Season Series:  Series tied 3-3

Prediction:  Cubs win series, 2-1

Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
- George

August 6 – 8, 2012; @ Padres – Series Preview

No rest for the weary as the Cubs stumble into San Diego for a three game series starting tonight on the heels of being swept by the Dodgers.  The Cubs have lost five straight games as they are now fully immersed in the rebuilding process.  Despite the losses the Cubs are becoming a lot more fun to watch as the lineup moving forward will feature Josh Vitters, Brett Jackson, Anthony Rizzo, Welington Castillo, and Starlin Castro, all of these guys figure to be around when the Cubs are ready to contend on a yearly basis.  That’s a little ways down the road right now, the task at hand will be trying to solve the Padres who red-hot at Petco Park, winning seven of their last nine games in their spacious home field.  The Padres are winning most games with pitching, as expected in that pitchers paradise, but they do have some hot bats as well.  Yonder Alonso is hitting near .400 in his last seven games, if the Cubs want to be in this series they are going to have to contain Alonso and find a way to generate runs.  The latter might be a little easier as the Cubs reworked lineup yielded some solid results on Sunday in LA, hopefully they can build on that and not only win a series but put an end to their five game losing streak before it gets really out of hand, again.  

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August 6, 2012 – August 8, 2012;  Petco Park, San Diego, CA

 

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Here are the pitching matchups for the three game series, at the time of this preview the Cubs have yet to name a Tuesday Night starter as Matt Garza will not make the start as he has been placed on the DL.

Monday August 6, 2012
Chicago: Travis Wood (4-7, 4.90 ERA)
San Diego: Eric Stults (1-2, 3.19 ERA)

I really like this matchup for Travis Wood, a big ballpark should suit him well.  The key for Travis Wood will be to throw strikes, no brainer right?  The reason I mention it is that he can use the ballpark to his advantage by letting the Padres elevate without the concern of the ball leaving the yard.  If Wood can stay ahead of hitters he should be able to make his pitches to get outs.  Eric Stults profiles as a guy the Cubs struggle with, however the Cubs have destroyed Stults in his career.  Stults is 0-3 vs the Cubs in three career starts with a 7.24 ERA, that bodes well.

Tuesday August 7, 2012
Chicago: Some Guy (?-?, ?.?? ERA)
San Diego: Ross Ohlendorf (3-2, 6.27 ERA)

I really don’t like the chances of Some Guy vs the Padres on Tuesday night.  All kidding aside usually when a team is forced to use a starter that might not be ready for the Majors it doesn’t work out well.  That could be the case on Tuesday as the Cubs still have not announced a starter, mainly because the candidates for that start all pitched this past weekend in Iowa.  The bright side here is that the Cubs face Ohlendorf who has been awful this year, so I’m saying there’s a chance. 

Wednesday August 8, 2012
Chicago: Jeff Samardzija (7-9, 4.37 ERA)
San Diego: Clayton Richard (8-11, 4.01 ERA)

Game three sets up to be the best of the bunch as Samardzija battles Richard.  Samardzija faced San Diego earlier this year and went seven strong innings in picking up a win at Wrigley Field.  I expect much of the same from Shark on Wednesday as he looks to bounce back from one of his worst outings of the season last time out.  The Cubs haven’t seen much of Richard as they have only faced him one time in the last three years, and Richard got the best of the Cubs that day.  I expect this one to be the lowest scoring game of the series.  

Season Series:  Cubs lead 3-0

Prediction:  Cubs win series, 2-1

Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
- George

June 25 – 27; vs. Mets – Series Preview

New York Mets Logo - Modernized Mr. Met logo

It seems like the most interesting news surrounding the Cubs is what is happening off the field than on, that’s probably true.  This is what most Cubs fans have waited for all year, the arrival of Anthony Rizzo.  Rizzo will not be a savior, and he might struggle, but if most Cubs fans are like me, just seeing Rizzo play is a welcome departure from watching a lifeless team go through the motions game after game.  Nothing is official yet, but it sounds like Anthony Rizzo could be in the Cubs lineup as early as Tuesday night.  The team he and the Cubs will be facing is one of the early season surprises, the New York Mets.  The Mets are currently five games over .500 and are in second place in the East, just 3.5 games behind the Nationals.  The Cubs will get a look at a big reason Monday night as they face a rejuvenated Johan Santana, but they will avoid knuckleball sensation R.A. Dickey.  The Cubs, per usual, are struggling, they can’t score runs, a big reason is a dreadful stretch with guys in scoring position (3-25 over the weekend in Arizona).  Maybe a Rizzo promotion will help in that department, stay tuned.  Full preview/breakdown after the jump.

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May 25 – 27; @ Pirates – Series Preview

Pittsburgh Pirates Logo - A pirate inside a yellow diamond with 'Pirates' above

Normally I would preview this series as the Cubs taking on a lesser opponent in the Pirates, only because that’s how it’s been forever, unfortunately the shoe is on the other foot right now.  The Cubs are the worst team in baseball, and that’s just by looking at their record, sure the Pirates haven’t been good either, but the Cubs are a low scoring soccer team right now, that’s not a compliment, and I hate soccer so that’s hard for me to say.  The Cubs offense wasn’t very good in the early part of the season, but it has reached a new level of bad during this nine game losing streak.  If the Cubs are going to get out of this slide they need to explode, I’m talking 6-9 runs in one game… I know, crazy.  Maybe if they do that the pressure will be off and they can all relax, until then they will continue to squeeze the saw dust out of the bat and lose.  It won’t be easy because one, it never is with this team, and two, the Pirates boast the 3rd best team ERA in the National League.  Full preview/breakdown after the jump.

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May 1 – 3; @ Reds – Series Preview

Cincinnati Redlegs Logo - Baseball head man in old fashioned uniform running with a bat

The Cubs get right back to action tonight in Cincinnati against the Reds.  Coming off a tough loss in Philadelphia the Cubs looks to continue their solid play against a team that they lost 2 out of 3 to at Wrigley Field earlier this season.  Hopefully the change in Month will cool off Jay Bruce who is on fire right now.  He hit .476 last week with four home runs and ten RBI’s to go along with a 1.685 OPS.  Ryan Dempster will be part of the Cubs pitching attach that looks to shut down Bruce and company.  Dempster is scheduled to come off the DL in time to make his start on Thursday morning to close out the series.  Bryan LaHair looks to stay hot and clutch at the plate after finishing off a great series in Philly, and really a great month to start the season.  After splitting a four game set in Philadelphia the Cubs could make this trip an absolute success if they can take 2 out of 3 from the Reds this week, a sweep would be fun too, go Cubs!

Full series preview/breakdown after the jump.

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