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Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox preview, Friday 5/11, 1:20 CT

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The Cubs are going well. The Sox... aren’t.

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You will, again, need this today:

The weather forecast doesn’t look good for the entire weekend, but they’ll certainly try to get the games in. If one of them gets postponed, look for a split doubleheader to be played between ballparks in September. The Yankees and Mets have done that three times, in 2000, 2003 and 2008.

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, which will soon open a permanent location in Milwaukee, is selling an officially licensed bobblehead commemorating the Crosstown Classic rivalry between the Cubs and White Sox. The dual bobbleheads, which are individually numbered to just 1,000, are only available in the National Bobblehead HOF and Museum’s Online Store, at this link.

The bobbleheads, which are scheduled to arrive later this month, cost $75 each plus a flat rate shipping charge of $8 per order and were produced by FOCO.

The rivalry bobblehead features Cubs’ mascot, Clark, and White Sox mascot, South Paw, facing each other with their fists up. Full disclosure, the National Bobblehead HOF is sending me a bobblehead in exchange for this promotion.

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

White Sox lineup:

Tyler Chatwood, RHP vs. Carson Fulmer, RHP

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Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Take away all the Tyler Chatwood walks and the rest of his numbers look pretty good. His hits per nine innings rate, 6.3, is the best of his career. He’s allowed only one home run. His K rate of 8.8 is also the best of his career.

But man, those walks. If he can cut down on those, he’d probably be in line to have a pretty good season.

Chatwood faced the White Sox twice in 2011 when he was with the Angels, irrelevant because no one from the 2011 Sox is still on the team. Sox catcher Welington Castillo is 4-for-10 against Chatwood.

Carson Fulmer was the Sox’ No. 1 pick in 2015, eighth overall, one pick before the Cubs took Ian Happ. Over the last three years he’s made 22 big-league appearances (11 starts) with little success (5.23 ERA). He’s made one really good start this year, April 28 vs. the Royals (seven shutout innings), but then, Royals.

Fulmer has one appearance against the Cubs, in relief July 27, 2016 at Wrigley Field, and he got pounded: four runs while recording only one out.

Go get him, Cubs hitters.

Today’s game is on NBC Sports Chicago with Len & JD. It’s also on MLB Network (outside the Chicago market), and the White Sox broadcast is on WGN.

Here is the complete Mediacenter for today. Gameday game preview

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The 2018 Game Thread procedure will be the same as the one used during 2017. Here's how it works.

You'll find the game preview posted separately on the front page, two hours before game time (90 minutes for some early day games following night games).

At the same time, a StoryStream containing the preview will also post on the front page. The First Pitch Thread and all the overflow threads will be published in that stream, as well as the recap. The recap will also live on the front page as a separate post, and at the time I write the recap I will rename the stream "Cubs vs. (Team) (Day of Week) Game Threads" so you can go back and find every thread related to that particular game.

You will also be able to find the preview, First Pitch Thread, all the overflow threads and recap 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 the game's StoryStream as noted above.

The First Pitch thread will post at five minutes before game time, then an overflow thread at one hour, two hours and 2:45 after the scheduled game time.

Discuss amongst yourselves.