MLB Preview – Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox
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Chicago Cubs White Sox -185
Bragging rights are on the line tonight as the Cubs and the White Sox wrap-up a three-game set at Cellular Field tonight with each team claiming an earlier victory. Game time is set for 8:10 p.m. (ET) and it will be available on MLB TV.
The Cubs started the intercity series on a high note with a 6-3 win as a 146 road underdog, but could not rally after a long rain delay last night in a 3-2 loss as a 112 dog. They are now 30-43 overall and 10 full games behind Milwaukee in the NL Central. The Cubs are 16-22 at home and 14-21 on the road.
Last night was indicative of a Chicago team that is ranked second in the National League in hitting with a .263 team batting average, but eighth in runs scored with 299. They have done a great job getting men on base but that has not always translated to runs.
Doug Davis will be on the mound tonight for the Cubs. He picked up his first win in over a year his last time out; holding the Yankees to just three hits in 7.1 scoreless innings. He is 1-5 overall this season with a 4.95 ERA.
The team from the South Side of Chicago moved its record to 36-39 on the year and closed the gap with Cleveland in the Al Central to just 4.5 games. The White Sox are 19-21 on the road this year and 17-18 at home.
Consistent pitching has been the issue for this team so far as it is ranked ninth in the American League with a 4.00 team ERA. Jake Peavy returns from his second stint on the DL this year to get the start tonight for the White Sox. He is 2-1 in five previous starts and has a 4.66 ERA. He last pitched on June 5 when he gave up six earned runs in just four innings of work against Detroit.
Head-to-head, the White Sox won four of six in last year’s series with the total staying ‘under’ in four of the games. This time around, bank on the Cubs to take this year’s first series as they find a way to grind out a win against their cross town rivals.
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