The Cubs head into another interleague series.
There are lots of familiar faces on the Angels Matt Holliday Jersey , even though the Cubs see them in the regular season just once every three years. Former Cubs Tommy La Stella, Trevor Cahill and Felix Pena are all on the active roster, along with ex-Cub minor leaguer Justin Bour. The Angels also feature several former N.L. Central rivals: Jonathan Lucroy, Matt Harvey, Zack Cozart and Albert Pujols. So it’ll be a familiar feel this weekend at Wrigley Field. Here’s hoping TLS gets a warm welcome back.We’d like to thank TLS for going 3-for-9 (all three hits home runs) against the Brewers. You can stop now, Tommy.For more on the Angels, who are riding a six-game winning streak, I asked Jessica DeLine, manager of our SB Nation Angels site Halos Heaven, to update us on her team.According to this article, Trout, who suffered a groin strain Tuesday in Anaheim, hopes to be able to play in this series.Fun factThe Cubs swept four games from the Angels in 2016, two in Anaheim and two at Wrigley Field, and outscored them 23-3 in those four contests.Pitching matchupsFriday: Cole Hamels, LHP (1-0 Austin Romine Jersey , 5.73 ERA, 1.364 WHIP, 4.64 FIP) vs. Tyler Skaggs, LHP (1-1, 2.45 ERA, 1.091 WHIP, 3.46 FIP)Saturday: Kyle Hendricks, RHP (0-2, 6.48 ERA, 2.640 WHIP, 7.29 FIP) vs. Chris Stratton, RHP (0-1, 6.48 ERA, 2.040 WHIP, 6.25 FIP)Sunday: Tyler Chatwood, RHP (0-0 , 6.00 ERA, 1.833 WHIP, 5.76 FIP) vs. Trevor Cahill, RHP (1-1, 3.50 ERA, 0.889 WHIP, 3.89 FIP)Times & TV channelsFriday: 1:20 p.m. CT, NBC Sports Chicago, MLB Network (outside Cubs and Angels market territories)Saturday: 1:20 p.m. CT, ABC7 ChicagoSunday: 1:20 p.m. CT, WGNPredictionThe Angels are always an enigma. Since 2009 they have neither won nor lost 90 games, except for their anomaly of a 2014 98-win season from which they were dispatched in a division series sweep by the Royals. We do thank them for sweeping the Brewers this week. On the other hand, even though they are on a six-game winning streak, that came after a 1-5 start. The Angels have won only one road game and this is their first foray outside the Pacific time zone. They also have had only one game-time temperature lower than 60. Welcome to Chicago in April, Angels!The Cubs will win this series two games to one.Up nextThe Cubs head on the road for a single series, three games against the Marlins in Miami beginning Monday evening. They will likely be happy to get out of Chicago weather for a few days. Mean Girls remains relevant in present-day culture."We all remember Jerry Dipoto well. The Angels gave Dipoto his first permanent general manager job Bernie Williams Jersey , and he remained in the role for four years, wheeling and dealing his away around town and doing a reasonable job in the post-Tony Reagins era. He is currently tearing down a Seattle Mariners team that won 89 games in 2018, trading Edwin Diaz, Jean Segura, and Robinson Cano away in a matter of weeks after the World Series concluded. Best of luck to you in your endeavors, Jerry. Cespedes Family BBQ, an MLB-affiliated fun Twitter account, had something to say about Dipoto’s antics with this Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams-filled GIF:It seems that Vernon Wells also remembers Dipoto well as well. The former Angel first came to Orange County when Tony Reagins nabbed him at the expense of Juan Rivera, Mike Napoli, and a boatload of cash. Wells hit .218 in 2011 in a full season and .230 in parts of 2012, before he was shipped off to New York for players actually named Kramer Sneed and Exicardo Cayones by, you guessed it, Jerry Dipoto.Farewell, Vernon. You were just another chess piece on Jerry Dipoto’s master ride.

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