Game Thirty – Cubs (11-18) vs. White Sox (15-17)
- Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 188, 844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Jeff Samardzija (0-3, 1.98/1.24/3.29) vs. Jose Quintana (1-2, 4.00/1.33/3.56)
The Crosstown Series … Cubs vs. White Sox
The Cubs will spend the next four days facing the team from the South Side of Chicago. Regardless of the records or how the teams are playing, there is always a little extra motivation for both sides of town when the Cubs and Sox square off.
The Cubs won the Crosstown Cup for the first time last season. The Cubs swept the four-game series that was prolonged due to a rain out at The Cell. The Sox will look to return the favor this year. Traditionally the Sox have had the better of the Cubs in the Interleague matchup.
The White Sox have a very good offense, led by Jose Abreu. The Sox can put runs on the board in a hurry, but have trouble keeping other teams from scoring at will. The Cubs have pitched a lot better than they’ve hit this season. So the Cubs challenge over the next four days will be to keep the ‘Go-Go Sox’ off the scoreboard while the offense tries to put run on the scoreboard.
All four games will be under the lights, with the first two at Wrigley Field and the last two at U.S. Cellular Field. Rick Renteria has not said who he will use as the team’s designated hitter on Wednesday and Thursday, but the safe bet would be Mike Olt.
Paul Konerko will play in his final Crosstown Series as he is set to retire at the end of the season. And one of the best players to ever suit up for the Sox has dominated the Cubs throughout his career. In 73 games, Paul Konerko has hit .296/.353/.584 with 14 doubles, 20 home runs and a .937 OPS against Cubs’ pitching.
After tonight’s matchup of Jeff Samardzija and lefty Jose Quintana, Edwin Jackson will take on Hector Noesi on Tuesday night. Lefties Travis Wood and John Danks square off at the Cell on Wednesday night and the series wraps on Thursday with Jake Arrieta taking on RHP Scott Carroll.
Hector Rondon will not be available tonight after pitching in all three games against the Cardinals, including a 28-pitch ninth inning on Sunday night. If the Cubs have a lead in the ninth, Rick Renteria should play matchups and see if another one of the young arms in his pen is capable of closing games.
As for the starting eight behind Samardzija, Welington Castillo will be back behind the plate and Mike Olt should be at third with the lefty Quintana on the hill. Renteria should use Luis Valbuena at second with Emilio Bonifacio in center and Junior Lake in left. Right handers have hit rather well against Quintana this year (.265/.301/.358) but lefties (.333/.407/.630) have more than held their own in a third of the at bats.
The City Series all begins with Jeff Samardzija …
Jeff Samardzija is coming off his first loss of the season that he actually earned. Samardzija struggled with his command in Cincinnati the last time out and allowed three runs on eight hits with four walks and four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Samardzija could not put hitters away and the four walks ran up his pitch count and ended his night before he could complete six innings of work.
Samardzija is off to an excellent start to his season, and the key has been quick outs and limiting his walks. In 41 innings this season, Samardzija has allowed 38 hits with 13 walks and 31 strikeouts.
One of Samardzija’s best starts last season came on the South Side when he shut the White Sox out. Jeff Samardzija tossed a complete game shutout while allowing only two hits with two walks and eight strikeouts. For his career, Jeff Samardzija is 1-2 in five games, two starts, against the Sox with a 1.80 Era and a 0.70 WHIP.
White Sox Career Numbers against Jeff Samardzija
- Adam Dunn: 1-for-8 with one home run and one walk
- Alexei Ramirez: 2-for-9 with one double
- Alejandro De Aza: 0-for-8
- Paul Konerko: 1-for-5 with one home run and one walk
- Gordon Beckham: 2-for-4 with one home run
- Dayan Viciedo: 1-for-4
- Tyler Flowers: 0-for-2 with one walk
Jose Quintana is coming off back-to-back quality starts against the Tigers. Quintana gave up three runs on seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts in six innings to the Tigers on April 24. Five days later, the Tigers scored three runs on eight hits off Quintana while the lefty struck out a season-high 10 batters without issuing a single free pass. Quintana will be glad to see a team other than one from Detroit tonight. The White Sox lost both game Quintana started against the Tigers.
Quintana is 1-2 in three starts outside of the Cell this season with a 5.00 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.
The Cubs face Jose Quintana for the second in his career tonight. Quintana is 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP (four runs on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts in six innings).
Cubs Career Numbers against Jose Quintana
- Emilio Bonifacio: 1-for-3
- Welington Castillo: 0-for-2 with one walk
- Starlin Castro: 0-for-2 with one walk
- Anthony Rizzo: 1-for-3 with one double
- Darwin Barney: 0-for-2
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