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    Cubs vs Dodgers (8/1-8/3)







    Series Preview: Cubs v. Dodgers, August 1 – August 3, 2014
    in Series Previews — by Brett — August 1, 2014

    And on into August we go. In the current phase of the Chicago Cubs’ building plan – by which I mean the last three years, really – August has marked something of a changing point to the year. We’re past the non-waiver trade deadline, and it’s already time to start looking to the future. But the games, they go on. Some day soon, August is going to feel very different.

    We’re Going Streaking

    The Cubs took three of four from the Rockies, and are officially smoking hot! Right?

    The Dodgers have a 3.5 game lead in the NL West, which has become markedly less competitive than it was looking a couple months ago. The Dodgers are on a six-game winning streak, having just swept the Braves and Giants.

    Game Times and Broadcasts

    ◾Friday, August 1 at 9:10 CT on WGN.
    ◾Saturday, August 2 at 8:10 CT on CSN.
    ◾Sunday, August 3 at 3:10 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: Kyle Hendricks (2.33 ERA, 4.11 FIP; 2.33 K/BB), Tsuyoshi Wada (3.38 ERA, 2.63 FIP; 2.17 K/BB), Edwin Jackson (5.79 ERA, 4.25 FIP; 2.04 K/BB)

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

    Dodgers

    Starters: Dan Haren (4.49 ERA, 4.52 FIP; 3.57 K/BB), Hyun-Jin Ryu (3.44 ERA, 2.84 FIP; 4.57 K/BB), Josh Beckett (2.74 ERA, 4.29 FIP; 2.81 K/BB)

    Lineup:
    1.Dee Gordon, 2B
    2.Yasiel Puig, CF
    3.Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
    4.Hanley Ramirez, SS
    5.Carl Crawford, LF (Obviously Andre Either rotates in, too)
    6.Matt Kemp, RF
    7.Juan Uribe, 3B
    8.A.J. Ellis, C
    9.Pitcher

    Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

    I’m very excited that we’re going to get to see Kyle Hendricks and Tsuyoshi Wada in this series, facing a quality Dodgers lineup in a hostile environment. Let’s see how they respond.

    You know who’s crazy hot, and has been for a really long time? The answer is no, you didn’t know, because the answer is John Baker: going all the way back to June 27, he’s hitting .371/.500/.486. That’s more than a month of crazy production. (So what if it’s only 44 plate appearances …. )

    The Dodgers optioned Darwin Barney to AAA to get some work at SS and 3B earlier this week, so it’s possible we won’t see him in this series.

    He’s not Aroldis Chapman (no one is), but Kenley Jansen is pretty damn good, with a 37.2% K rate and a 7.1% BB rate.

    Matt Kemp’s demise may have been greatly exaggerated. He’s up to .286/.353/.462 with a 133 wRC+.

    The Dodgers are getting huge production from Justin Turner and Scott Van Slyke as bench pieces. That’s nice. On Van Slyke, looking for a guy who won’t have a starting job next year on his own team, but who would be a nice trade target? He’s your guy.
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    Can't wait until a Cubs/Dodgers series is must watch baseball.

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    Can we have Puig please?

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    I'd rather see Valkyrie play than Schierholtz, Sweeney, or Lake.

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    Good on Matt Kemp. Love that he's playing good baseball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SenorGato View Post
    Can't wait until a Cubs/Dodgers series is must watch baseball.
    we'll make them our *****es but honestly in a couple of years watching our line up vs kershaw is gonna be fun

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    Quote Originally Posted by BDawk4Prez View Post
    Can we have Puig please?
    Soler>Puig

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cub_StuckinSTL View Post
    Soler>Puig
    Won't hold my breath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BDawk4Prez View Post
    Won't hold my breath.
    Quit being all salty

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    Is Alcantara's .321 BABIP mixed with his 70% contact rate something to be worried about yet?

    #wearegood#FreeCSSTL#JusticeforGreen

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    Quote Originally Posted by La_bibbers View Post
    Is Alcantara's .321 BABIP mixed with his 70% contact rate something to be worried about yet?
    His speed definitely helps his BABIP I would think. He seems to get a lot of infield singles
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    Quote Originally Posted by La_bibbers View Post
    Is Alcantara's .321 BABIP mixed with his 70% contact rate something to be worried about yet?
    First in a soon-to-be long line of Cubs busts.

    Tearing down Utopia, one brick at a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unexplained View Post
    First in a soon-to-be long line of Cubs busts.
    Are we not counting Vitters or Jackson?

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    Quote Originally Posted by La_bibbers View Post
    Are we not counting Vitters or Jackson?
    That's an earlier era, man. I'm thinking of this second half of the season as the beginning of the "post-rebuilding" phase.
    Last edited by Unexplained; 08-01-2014 at 07:09 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by La_bibbers View Post
    Is Alcantara's .321 BABIP mixed with his 70% contact rate something to be worried about yet?
    BABIP doesn't have any real connection to contact. But he has a 76% contact rate, which is just a little below league average. That's nothing to worry about.

    We can also make a guess that he hits the ball pretty hard because so many of his hits are for extra bases, and he's fast, .321 isn't particularly abnormal. What he's done so far is nothing but encouraging.

    And then. He made them pancakes.

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