Game Fifty: Cubs (19-30) vs. White Sox (24-24)
- Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet (Cubs), WGN TV (White Sox) – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 178/844
- Location – U.S. Cellular Field, South Side of Chicago
Jeff Samardzija (2-6, 3.25/1.13) vs. Jose Quintana (3-1, 3.48/1.18)
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Weather permitting … The Cubs and White Sox renew their rivalry in the Crosstown Classic, the battle for the Crosstown Cup, or at least that is what the next four days is being billed as in Chicago. The White Sox have owned the Cubs over the past two seasons, and really since 2008. The Cubs are 4-8 in the last 12 games against the South Side but this is the first season of the new format. The Cubs will play the Sox for the next four days, two on the South Side on Monday and Tuesday then the series wraps with day games at Wrigley on Wednesday and Thursday.
Like the last two years, the Cubs do not match up well with the Sox and it figures to be a very challenging four days ahead for the Cubs. The Cubs will face southpaws for the next three days and that alone does not bode well for the Cubs. Dale Sveum has mentioned using more of his everyday lineup against southpaws due to the ineffectiveness of his right handed lineup. Sveum announced Sunday that Scott Hairston would serve as the Cubs’ DH tonight and Dioner Navarro would be used as the designated hitter on Tuesday night. The Cubs are a league worst 4-10 in games started by lefties and will face three very good ones over the next three games.
After tonight’s matchup of Jeff Samardzija and lefty Jose Quintana, Edwin Jackson is scheduled to face Chris Sale on Tuesday with Scott Feldman taking on John Danks on Wednesday at Wrigley. The four-game series is scheduled to wrap up on Thursday with Travis Wood facing Jake Peavy.
The Cubs are expected to have a new face in the bullpen for tonight’s game. Kyuji Fujikawa is expected to go on the DL and Eduardo Sanchez should be recalled to take his spot on the active roster.
It’s the Cubs vs. the Sox … and it all starts with Jeff Samardzija.
Jeff Samardzija is coming off another tough-luck loss. Samardzija allowed only one run on three hits over seven innings to the Pirates with a walk and eight strikeouts in his last start. Francisco Liriano and the Pirates’ pen tossed a shutout and Samardzija took the loss … the second time this season that Samardzija lost a game 1-0.
After just a horrible outing against the Nationals on May 10, Samardzija has bounced back rather well and has allowed just three runs on eight hits with three walks and 15 strikeouts in his last 15 innings (two starts). Samardzija’s location and command has been a lot better and he will once again have to bring his A-game tonight. Including the start against the Nationals, Samardzija is 1-2 in his last four starts with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.
Jeff Samardzija has pitched well outside of Wrigley this season and is 1-5 in six road starts with a 3.49 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP but has never beaten the White Sox.
The Cubs number one starter ruffled the feathers of the White Sox last year at Wrigley with not only his comments but when he hit Paul Konerko the at bat after Konerko took him deep. Samardzija ended up losing the game that is remembered for Kerry Wood ending his career by striking out Dayan Viciedo and carrying his son off the field and into the Cubs’ clubhouse. Samardzija is 0-2 in four career games, one start, against the Sox with a 3.27 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP.
White Sox Career Numbers against Jeff Samardzija
- Alejandro De Aza – 0-for-4
- Adam Dunn – 1-for-5 with a home run and a walk
- Tyler Greene – 1-for-3
- Jeff Keppinger – 1-for-2
- Paul Konerko – 1-for-3 with a home run
- Alexei Ramirez – 1-for-5 with a double
- Alex Rios – 1-for-5
- Dayan Viciedo – 1-for-1
- Dewayne Wise – 0-for-1
Jose Quintana is off to a very good start to his season and is coming off his second best outing of the year. Quintana tossed 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball against the Red Sox in his last start. Boston managed just three hits while Quintana struck out five and walked two batters. Quintana is 1-1 in his last four starts with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. Quintana throws strikes and has not walked more than two batters in any of his nine starts.
Quintana is 2-1 in four starts at the Cell this season with a 3.80 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.
The Cubs will face the lefty for the first time in a regular season game and Cody Ransom (0-for-3) is the only player on the Cubs’ active roster that has faced Jose Quintana during his career.
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