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Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox Preview

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Chicago Cubs Vs. Chicago White Sox Crosstown Classic Preview

The Chicago Cubs (51-46) and Chicago White Sox (38-57) are having vastly different seasons this year. The Cubs are fighting for first place in the National League Central Division while the White Sox are in the rebuilding process. Though often rivals, this season, they set that aside a made major deal to benefit each other’s plans for success. The Cubs acquired Jose Quintana and gave up Eloy Jimenez, Dylan Cease, and two other prospects. The Cubs got a much need starter while the White Sox bolstered their farm system. This week, both teams set aside recent actions as they take on each other in this year’s Crosstown Classic.


Monday, July 24th at Wrigley Field

In the first game of the Crosstown Classic, Kyle Hendricks (4-3) is making his making his return to a big-league mound for the first time since June 4th. His last outing was for the Tennessee Smokies on a rehab assignment. Hendricks pitched five perfect innings while striking out three. He will be going up against Miguel Gonzalez (4-9) who is coming off one of his best starts. He shined in a start last week against the Dodgers, only to be outdueled by the Clayton Kershaw. Gonzalez finished that night allowing a run on five hits over six innings.

Tuesday, July 25th at Wrigley Field

Although John Lackey (6-9) is coming off a strong start against the Atlanta Braves, you must watch with caution. Lackey allowed one run over five innings. He also 1-4 with a 5.05 ERA this season at Wrigley Field. Another thing to note is Lackey has given up the third most (23) home runs by any pitcher this season. Carlos Rodon (1-3) will be making the start in Game 2 and wants fans to forget about his last outing against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Rodon didn’t make it past 3 1/3 innings after allowing four home runs and five runs. It could be a game full of offense.

Wednesday, July 26th at Guaranteed Rate Field

After two day games at Wrigley, the Cubs head over to Guaranteed Rate Field for the first night game of this year’s Crosstown Classic. Jake Arrieta (9-7) has looked like the Arrieta of old over the last week and a half. For the Cubs to make a run they need him to be the ace he was during 2015 and ’16 seasons. Arrieta is 1-0 (2 GS) and has posted a 2.13 ERA and keeping his opponents at a .191 batting average over 12 1/3 innings. Jame Shields (2-2) hasn’t seen much success since joining the White Sox last season. Shields is 2-2 with a 5.79 ERA in nine starts. Shields is 2-0 (4 GS) with a 2.67 earned run average in his career against the Cubs.

Thursday, July 27th at Guaranteed Rate Field

The series finale is another night game on the south side of Chicago. Jon Lester (7-6) will face Mike Pelfrey (3-7) in the fourth and last game of the series. Lester dueled Adam Wainwright on Sunday, retiring the first 17 batters faced.  He ended the night allowing 3 hits, 2 which were solo home runs in the eight and ten strikeouts. Lester escaped and got three runs in the bottom of the inning for his second straight victory. Pelfrey hasn’t seen a win in over a month despite a couple solid outings. On July 22nd, he gave only one run on two hits but walked a whopping 6 batters. Pelfrey is 2-0 over 3 starts against the Cubs with a 1.66 ERA but he hasn’t faced them since 2011.

Quick History

The Cubs and White Sox have gone up against each other for over a 100 years and have had their series of ups and downs. Since interleague play began and the birth of the Crosstown series, the Chicago White Sox have won 57 of the 108 games against the Cubs.

The last two seasons (2015 and 2016), the series has ended in a tie which keeps the cup on the southside since the 2014 White Sox’s 3-1 series win.

Both teams will duke it out as both know what it means to the fans of their favorite Chicago team.