Series Preview: Orioles v. Cubs, August 22 – August 24, 2014in*Series Previews*—*by*Brett*— August 22, 2014
More interleague play for the Cubs this weekend, with the Orioles coming to Wrigley Field for the 90s home stand.
We’re Going Streaking
The Cubs*kind of won twice against the Giants in their three game series, but actually lost twice. That was a weird series, man.
The Orioles are 73-52, a full 9(!) games up in the AL East. That’s the largest divisional gap in baseball, and they’ve won four in a row.
Game Times and Broadcasts
Friday, August 22 at 1:20 CT on WGN.Saturday August 23 at 1:20 CT on CSN.Sunday
August 24 at 1:20 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.
Jake Arrieta*(2.61 ERA, 2.32 FIP; 3.94 K/BB)
Kyle Hendricks*(1.66 ERA, 3.55 FIP; 2.64 K/BB)
Tsuyoshi Wada (2.75 ERA, 3.62 FIP; 3.30 K/BB)
Chris Coghlan, LF
Javier Baez, SS
Anthony Rizzo, 1B
Luis Valbuena, 3B
Ryan Sweeney/Justin Ruggiano, RF
Arismendy Alcantara, CF
Chris Valaika, 2B
Welington Castillo, C
Kevin Gausman*(3.70 ERA, 3.59 FIP; 1.66 K/BB)
Bud Norris*(3.69 ERA, 4.14 FIP; 2.53 K/BB) Miguel Gonzalez*(3.80 ERA, 5.31 FIP; 1.95 K/BB)
Nick Markakis, RF
Steve Pearce, 1B
Adam Jones, CF
Nelson Cruz, LF
J.J. Hardy, SS
Chris Davis, 3B
Jonathan Schoop, 2B
Nick Hundley, C
Hot or Not and Whom to Watch
Jake Arrieta gets to face his former mates, which is always entertaining.
Javier Baez’s strikeout rate is back up over 40% after his four-strikeout game yesterday.
With a recent hot streak, Welington Castillo has his wRC+ up to 93, suggesting he’s been only slightly below average offensively this year, which is pretty solid for a catcher.
Steve Pearce has been a revelation for the Orioles, hitting*.289/.353/.520 on the year. That helps make up for the disastrous*.192/.294/.394 line Chris Davis is putting up.