Chicago White Sox vs. Chicago Cubs
The Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox face off on Monday at Wrigley Field for game one of the 2014 Crosstown Classic. The Cubs are -130 favorites over the White Sox with an over/under run total set at 8.
The Chicago Cubs are in the building process and with that they are taking their lumps this season while still seeing some signs of progress. The Cubs are 7-9 at home this season, 4-6 in their last 10 games, and they are 8.5 games back in the NL Central. As a team the Cubs are hitting .239 with Emilio Bonifacio hitting .330, Starlin Castro hitting .313, and Anthony Rizzo hitting .296. The Cubs pitching staff has an ERA of 3.69 with the starters at 3.74 and the bullpen at 3.59. For game one against the White Sox the Cubs start Jeff Samardzjia who is still looking for his first win this season. For the year Samardzjia has allowed 38 hits and nine earned runs while striking out 31 over 41 innings for a 0-3 record and a 1.98 ERA.
The Chicago White Sox are exciting to watch this season and while they have had mixed results, they have offensive firepower that they are never completely out of any game. The White Sox are 6-10 on the road this season, 4-6 in their last 10 games, and they are five games back in the AL Central. As a team the White Sox are hitting .266 with Alexei Ramirez hitting .333, Dayan Viciedo hitting .330, and Adam Eaton hitting .276. As a team the White Sox pitching staff has an ERA of 4.80 with the starters at 5.21 and the bullpen at 4.12. For game one at Wrigley Field the White Sox start Jose Quintana who has two no decisions and two losses in his last four starts. For the season Quintana has allowed 39 hits and 16 earned runs while striking out 32 over 36 innings for a 1-2 record and a 4.00 ERA.
The Cubs are 7-2 in their last nine interleague home games, 8-20 in game one of a series, and 1-6 In Samardzjia’s last seven starts as a favorite. The White Sox are 22-53 in their last 75 road games, 2-4 in their last six games, and 2-5 in Quintana’s last seven starts. The Cubs have won their last four games against the White Sox.
It is tough to play Samardzjia as he just can’t seem to get a break to go his way and in a game where emotion will run high I look for the White Sox to have the bats ready to go.
Chicago White Sox +110 Chicago Cubs