After a miserable road trip, the White Sox return home to face the other Chicago team. You would think it would be some guaranteed wins to look forward to, but if you know anything about this team, you know that is not neessarily the case. In any event, here is what to know for the next few days:
2012 Record: White Sox: 3-31, 1st in AL Central. Cubs: 22-44, 6th in NL Central.
2012 Interleague Play Record: White Sox 6-6. Cubs 3-9
2012 Series Record: 3-0
All-Time Series Record: 48-39 (The Sox are 25-17 at home against the Cubs)
The following pitchers are expected to start the three games:
Zach Stewart: 1-1, 5.18 ERA, 15K v. Matt Garza: 2-5, 4.04 ERA, 66K
Jake Peavy: 6-2, 2.91 ERA, 78K v. Travis Wood: 0-3, 4.58 ERA, 24K
Gavin Floyd: 4-7,. 5.63 ERA, 72K v. Ryan Dempster: 3-3, 2.11 ERA, 66K
All three games begin at 7:10 pm CDT.
Two and four road record. Yeah, that is just terrible. Another series loss. Seeing it all, you just wonder who really is to blame. Is it the hitting? Is it the bullpen? Is it the starting rotation? Is it the defense?
Or maybe it is a combination of all of the above. Or perhaps, this team just isn’t that good and is finally starting to play like it is. Of course, they are helped by the fact that the pre-season favorite Detroit Tigers are not playing well and neither are the Cleveland Indians who are currently in second place. The way things are going, it does make you start asking yourself tough questions like is it worth it for the team to have a go for it attitude when there are moveable parts. Parts that might bring back prospects who could help in the future. It’s not a pleasant thought, but something to contemplate.
Meanwhile, that other team is just awful. They have the worst record in MLB. Team President Theo Epstein as made it clear that the team will be sellers and pretty much no one on the roster is untouchable.
It seems some fans didn’t quite understand what a complete rebuild would be. Seems that some while seeing their team is bad, didn’t realize they would be this bad. There will be some dark days for sure for Cubs fans. The best they can do is hope that it is all worth it in the end. Because it has got to be hard to not see a championship by your team in your lifetime.
Who’s Hot: Alexei Ramirez is hitting .571 of late. Darwin Barney was 6-for-17 heading into Sunday’s action. Who’s Not: AJ Pierzynski has just two hits in his last 15 at-bats. Bryan LaHair was hitting just .143 entering Sunday’s game.