The South Siders are the hottest team in baseball and look to finish off a 15-game interleague stretch in style.
Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox
Manager Lou Piniella’s team picked up a 3-2 road victory in 13 innings over the Seattle Mariners, in one of those games that may jumpstart the season. “I’m hoping we’re going to put together a run,” outfielder Marlon Byrd said after the game. The Cubs are now 7-8 during interleague play this year (-110) and are set to play the 13th game of a 15-game stretch against the American League this afternoon. The pitching staff has tallied a 3.69 ERA this month, fifth-best in the National League, but the offense has failed to deliver. Chicago has scored three or fewer runs in 12 games and two or fewer in eight contests this month.
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The Windy City is still celebrating a Stanley Cup victory, but the focus shifts to Wrigley Field and the return of interleague play.
Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs
The Chicago White Sox broke through and won back-to-back games against the Tigers, after going 4-20 this season in games following a victory. The lineup has also homered in 13 of its last 14 games and rank third in the American League with 70. The buzz for this series is tempered compared to previous season, mainly due to the poor performance of both teams and the city celebrating a Stanley Cup victory. Manager Ozzie Guillen summed it up in a direct way by saying, “Very bad teams and the Blackhawks.” The White Sox are 2-1 in interleague play thus far in 2010 (+100) and have gone 26-13 over the last three years (+1,320)
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J.P. Ricciardi is a moron. I really can’t believe that he couldn’t get a deal done for Roy Halladay. The Jays need prospects much more than they need an ace they can’t properly support. By being stubborn and uncooperative he has sunk the team’s best chance of being competitive a few years down the road. Another bone-headed move by a truly terrible general manager. I wasn’t particularly clear why Toronto hired him in the first place, and I really don’t understand why they have kept him around for as long as they have. I’m not convinced that the Jays can compete with the Red Sox and Yankees at the best of times, but they certainly won’t with him in charge.
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