The Battle of the Windy City continues this weekend with a three-game interleague series between the White Sox and Cubs at historic Wrigley Field
Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs
The Chicago White Sox continue a six-game road trip this afternoon and are 29-20 since May 7, tied with Detroit for the third-best record in the American League over that span. The White Sox have won 13 of 18 in this series against the Cubs, including four of six at Wrigley Field. “We just hope to keep doing what we’ve been doing against them,” White Sox outfielder Brent Lillibridge stated. The club has relished the opportunity of playing interleague action on the road, winning nine straight series against AL opponents away from Wrigley Field. A trip to Wrigley may also help outfielder Adam Dunn, who has hit 25 home runs in 66 career games here, tied for most by an active visiting player.
White Sox starting pitcher Edwin Jackson is 4-6 with a 4.13 ERA in 15 starts this season and is looking for his first victory since May 22. The right-hander is coming off a solid performance in a no-decision effort, tossing seven shutout innings and scattering five hits against the Nationals at home. The right-hander has a losing 2-4 mark and 6.07 ERA in seven road outings, as opponents are hitting .316 against him. In three lifetime starts versus the Cubs, Jackson is 0-2 with a 8.44 ERA, allowing eight runs on 11 hits in four career innings at today’s venue.
The Chicago Cubs have enjoyed consecutive walk-off victories for the first time since June 18-20, 2009. The Cubs took two of three from the defending World Champion San Francisco Giants, including a 5-2 win Thursday. Entering today’s matchup, the club is 4-8 against the AL this season and owns a 102-115 all-time mark during interleague play. It’s also important to point out that the team was 12-14 last July after going 18-9 during the month the previous year. The Cubs have also out-homered their opponent, 31-17, since June 8. Chicago is 9-25 following a victory this season.
Cubs starting pitcher Randy Wells is 1-2 with a 6.25 ERA in seven starts this season and will look to improve upon his 2-4 mark and 5.50 ERA in nine interleague outings. The right-hander dropped a 6-3 road contest to the Royals last time out, giving up a season-high six runs and 10 hits over six frames. Wells has an even 1-1 mark and 4.91 ERA in four home starts, which is much better than his 0-1 record and 8.36 ERA on the road. In two career outings versus the White Sox, he has tallied a 1-1 mark and 5.25 ERA.
Bettors will be interested in backing the Cubs due to their 6-1 record in series openers, while the White Sox are 0-5 in such contests