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Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox preview, Friday 8/6, 1:20 CT

Well, this ought to be fun, anyway.

Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Today's roster move: Here

Cubs/White Sox notes...

  • THE ALL-TIME RECORD: Since the teams began regular-season play in 1997, the Cubs have 63 wins, the White Sox 65. That breaks down to 32-32 at Wrigley, 31-33 on the South Side. The Cubs have outscored the White Sox all-time 586-567.
  • WALKOFF WINS: Cubs, four, most recently June 18, 2009, on a single by Alfonso Soriano. White Sox, seven, most recently July 25, 2016, on a single by Tyler Saladino.
  • BIGGEST BLOWOUTS: Cubs, 10-0 win September 25, 2020 (the Willson Contreras bat-flip game). White Sox, 10-1 win August 21, 2020, Sox hit six home runs in that one, including two by Jose Abreu, who went 7-for-12 in that Wrigley series with six homers in the three games.
  • SHUTOUT WINS: Cubs, five, most recently the 9/25/20 game linked above. White Sox, 10, most recently July 26, 2016, 3-0 on the South Side. It’s a bit odd that two of the Cubs’ worst games vs. the Sox came in their World Series championship season — but the teams split their season series in each of the Chicago WS-winning seasons, 3-3 in 2005, 2-2 in 2016.
  • EVEN-STEVEN: Over the last two seasons the teams have exactly split 10 games, 5-5, with each team going 3-2 in the other one’s ballpark. These teams tend to play each other tough no matter where they are in the standings.

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

White Sox lineup:

Also of interest:

Kyle Hendricks, RHP vs. Lance Lynn, RHP


Kyle Hendricks had one of his best starts of the year last Friday in Washington: seven innings, four hits, one run, one walk, three strikeouts. It was the only game the Cubs won in that series. Since May 1: 17 starts, 2.89 ERA, 1.170 WHIP, just 12 walks in 106 innings.

In his career vs. the Sox: eight starts, 3.74 ERA, 1.292 WHIP. Current White Sox are hitting .294 (25-for-85) against him, with Jose Abreu being a nemesis (9-for-16).

Well hello old friend Lance Lynn! How’s it going since you left St. Louis?

Very well for Lynn this year, in fact, he’s one of the biggest reasons the Sox are where they are and they recently signed him to a contract extension.

The Cubs used to face Lynn a lot when he was a Cardinal but have seen him only twice since he left them, once in 2018, once in 2019, and those results are largely irrelevant because... well, you know.

Jason Heyward has hit him pretty well — 7-for-19 (.368) with two doubles. So there’s that.

Today’s game is on Marquee Sports Network. Here’s a list of providers currently carrying Marquee. It’s also on NBC Sports Chicago (with the Sox announcers) and MLB Network (outside the Cubs/White Sox market territory).

Here is the complete Mediacenter for today. Gameday game preview

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The 2021 Game Thread procedure will be a bit different than previous years. It will be similar to what we’ve used for Spring Training.

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, titled “Cubs vs. (Team) (Day of week/date) game threads.” It will contain every post related to that particular game, including the First Pitch Thread and the overflow thread, as well as the recap when it’s published. The recap will also live on the front page as a separate post.

You will also be able to find the preview, First Pitch Thread and the overflow thread in the box marked “Chicago Cubs Game Threads” at the bottom of the front page (you can also find them in this section link). The StoryStream for each game can also be found in that section.

The First Pitch thread will post at five minutes before game time, then an overflow thread at 90 minutes after the scheduled game time.

Discuss amongst yourselves.