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Cubs vs White Sox series preview

Cubs vs White Sox series preview


Once again it’s time for the Crosstown series.  The first two games will be played at Wrigley and the last two will shift to Guaranteed Rate Field.

Tonight’s game info 1:20 CT

Cubs tv:  ABC7, 670 The Score, MLB Netwoek

White Sox tv: CSN, WLS Radio 890, MLB Network

Pitching matchup: Miguel Gonzalez vs Kyle Hendricks

Tomorrow’s game info:  1:20 CT

Cubs tv: CSN, 670 The Score, MLB Network

White Sox tv: WGN TV, WLS Radio 890, MLB Network

Pitching matchup: Carlos Rodon vs John Lackey

Wednesday’s game info: 7:10 CT

Cubs tv: ABC7, 670 The Score, ESPN

White Sox tv: CSN, WLS Radio 890, ESPN

Pitching matchup: Jake Arrieta vs James Shields

Thursday’s game info: 7:10 CT

Cubs tv: CSN, 670 The Score

White Sox tv: WGN TV, WLS Radio 890

Pitching matchup: Jon Lester vs Mike Pelfrey

A lot has changed since both teams played each other last summer.  We all know what the Cubs did so won’t state the obvious here.  

The White Sox are in rebuilding mode.  Gone are Chris Sale, Adam Eaton, David Robertson, Todd Frazier and Jose Quintana.

The Sox have unloaded veterans in favor of not only calling up guys from the minors but adding prospects which has retooled their farm system.  This is a rare and smart move by Jerry Reinsdorf who in the past preferred quick solutions each season.

GM Rick Hahn has kept busy and also a lot of young players will enjoy playing for Rick Renteria.  Last year he was hired by the Sox to be bench coach.  After last season had ended, he was hired as Robin Ventura chose to leave.  There will be growing pains for a few years on the south side but Sox fans will love the results.

After struggling in the first half, the Cubs started playing like the team we saw last season.  Having a few days off mentally and physically during the All Star break helped a lot.  Cubs are within striking distance of first place compared to the end of the first half.  While the team enjoyed the days off, they found out Thursday morning that White Sox Opening Day starter Jose Quintana was coming north.  No one saw it coming but credit both Theo and Rick Hahn for getting it done in a four day span.

Series outlook:  As usual this series is interesting no matter where the teams are in the standings, plus sellout crowds in both parks.  I’ll be at Wrigley on Tuesday, then going to Guaranteed Rate Field on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

For people going to both parks, reminder to get there early.  There’s a lot to check out at Wrigley along with the plaza and the building next to the ballpark on Clark St.  As for the south side, best spots to have pregameears and drink is in nearby Chinatown or the Chisox Bar and Grill that’s across from Guaranteed Rate Field.  Enjoy the series everyone.