Crosstown Rivalry Underway

We Chicagoans are into the four-game two-stadium crosstown rivalry series that’ll last until Thursday for the White Sox and Cubs. Monday night’s result a was a 3-1 extra inning victory for the southsiders wherein Marcus Semien came up with a clutch hit followed by a bases-loaded walk to give the White Sox the result. Last night was a 5-1 repeat win.

The fact of the matter for this series is that unfortunately it only means something to one of the teams, and will merely be another scheduled game for the other as they yet again try and figure out how they can better themselves for the future.

The White Sox are the team in literal contention this year, and while they may not be in first place right now, by being on the cusp of the five-hundred mark clearly says something about them as a prospective playoff team under the new wildcard format. The White Sox are at five-hundred at 17-17 and appear en route to 19-17 by Friday. The White Sox got the better of the top-tier pitching duel that was on display in the first game and by being able to defeat Samardzija despite his stellar performance set them up for last night’s win.

The Cubs on the other hand are already through this short portion of the season 9 games under five-hundred and nearly 10 games back of the NL leading Brewers who are the first team to reach 20 wins and have the best record in baseball at 22-12. The Cubs have yet to see their top-end prospects come to the forefront and they seem to need a lot of work, and perhaps have seen a disappointing season that mirrors if not exceeds last year’s.

The White Sox are dancing on the wildcard spot through the first six weeks of the season and should remain competitive. The White Sox have the AL Player of the Month in Jose Abreu who’s been dynamite to start his big league career. On top of everything else they’ve remained competitive without their ace in Chris Sale who should be returning by the end of the week to bolster the rotation. The White Sox haven’t even come close to resembling the team they fielded last year and on the bright side have yet to suffer any major injuries that would see a regular out of the lineup for a good bit of the season.

This series – although it’s a treat for the city, especially at Wrigley – only has meaning for one team on a more serious level. The White Sox see the Cubs as a team against which they can take advantage. The White Sox have the favorable pitching match-ups for the rest of the series and should be able to beat up on that porous bullpen of the Cubs. Abreu is the best hitter of either team and the edge in every major category goes to the Sox. The White Sox should sweep this series and got to two-game above five-hundred while gaining a little momentum in beating up on their weak counterparts to the north of town.