If the White Sox win tonight's game, they will claim the Crosstown Cup for the fourth time in its five-year existence.
Yeah, I know. You're real concerned about this.
More concerning is the Cubs' lack of offense, scoring just two runs in 21 innings against a not-so-great White Sox pitching staff. The Cubs have scored two or fewer runs in 11 of the 30 games so far this year and are one of just eight teams that has failed to score in double figures in 2014.
They're facing a pitcher who comes into this game with a 5.00 ERA. (More below.) That didn't seem to make a difference the last two nights. Maybe the warmer weather will help, but I don't think that's the only problem with this offense.
FWIW, the Cubs Attendance Watch post that normally goes up on the day after a homestand ends will be posted Friday instead. I'm going to want to make some comments on the attendance at the Cell for these two games, even though that's not specifically related to Wrigley attendance. Watch for it Friday morning.
Bonifacio CF, Lake LF, Rizzo 1B, Castro SS, Castillo C, Olt DH, Valbuena 3B, Barney 2B, Kalish RF
Will Mike Olt do better as DH than Travis Wood (and pinch-hitters) would have done? Discuss.
White Sox lineup:
Beckham 2B, DeAza CF, Abreu 1B, Viciedo LF, Ramirez SS, Konerko DH, Sierra RF, Semien 3B, Nieto C
Today's Starting Pitchers
Travis Wood rebounded from a rough start against the Reds to throw very well in his last outing against the Cardinals. Career-wise against the White Sox, he hasn't faced that many of them; they are 13-for-46 with no home runs. He threw well against them May 30, 2013 at Wrigley Field; another one of the same would be nice.
John Danks has made a couple of good starts this year, but has had trouble with walks (20 in 36 innings), and he got hit hard by the Indians in his last outing. In six career starts against the Cubs he has a 3.06 ERA and 1.075 WHIP. Despite that, he hasn't faced many of the players on the current Cubs roster; they are a combined 6-for-24 against him with no home runs.
Today's game is on CSN Chicago. Outside the Chicago area this game should be available on ESPN.
For 2014, we are going to have the same game-thread routine as 2013. Here's how it works.
You'll find the game preview -- like this one -- posting as the first link in the StoryStream™, which will then contain all the overflow threads and the recap. The recap will also be on the front page as a separate post; once I post a game recap, the stream for each game will be retitled "Cubs vs. (Team) (Day of Week) Game Threads" so you can go back and find every thread related to that particular game.
In general, game previews will post two hours before game time. Exception: for day games after night games, that will usually be 90 minutes.
You will also be able to find the First Pitch Thread and all the overflow threads in the box marked "Chicago Cubs Game Threads" at the bottom of the front page (you can also find them in this section link). They will also appear in this StoryStream™. As I've done for each regular-season game for several years now, we'll have the First Pitch thread at five minutes before game time (moved up from actual game time per your requests), then an overflow one hour, two hours and 2:45 after game time.
Discuss amongst yourselves.