Game Forty-One: Cubs (17-23) vs. White Sox (26-14)
Game Time – 3:05pm C.T. WGN TV, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 180
Location – U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago
Greg Maddux (5-2, 3.10) vs. Mark Buehrle (4-2, 3.42)
Welcome to Interleague Play and the “Crosstown Classic”….part one….The North vs. the South, the Civil War of Chicago. For years it was a given that the Cubs would be the first team in Chicago to win the World Series and last year the Sox proved everyone wrong by winning the fall classic. This weekend is more than just three baseball games….this is for pride….this is for all the bragging rights….this is not business, this is personal. Greg Maddux is coming off another great start and should have recorded the victory and looks to put the Cubs back on the winning track against the Sox and Mark Buehrle. The Cubs and Sox split their 6 games last year, with the visiting team winning the series both times. Maddux is the All-Time leader in Interleague Play with a 19-7 record.
The White Sox have fallen to 2nd place in the American League Central, 1-game behind the Detroit Tigers, but have played well the entire year. The addition of Jim Thome has added another dimension to the White Sox offense, but the slugger is just 2-16 lifetime against Maddux.
Mark Buehrle had the worst 1st inning a starting pitcher could have his last time out against the Minnesota Twins. Buehrle allowed 7 runs, but only 1 earned, and was the first pitcher since 1900 to allow 7 runs in the 1st inning and still earn the victory. Buehrle has not been consistent this season and has allowed 10 earned runs in his last 3 starts (17 2/3 innings) and has given up 32 hits during that span.
The Cubs have to take pitches and make Buehrle work. If Buehrle gets into a rhythm it could be a long afternoon for the Northsiders.
Hopefully Aramis Ramirez will be back in the lineup and with his injury, he could be the DH. Juan Pierre has to get started and if he has a good weekend the Cubs could repeat their performance from last year.
Let’s Talk Cubbies Baseball….IT’S ON!!!!