Chicago Cubs, White Sox Renew Crosstown Rivalry

By David Fouty
Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Current records get thrown out the window when the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs square off.  It doesn’t matter where the two teams are in the standings — it’s sure to be a playoff-like atmosphere.

The Cubs will be looking to get a few games back in the all-time series between the two. The White Sox currently hold a 10-game lead in the series at 53-43. They will play the first two games of the series on the south side before heading to Wrigley Field to conclude the rivalry. 

Over the past few seasons, the teams have been engaging in pitchers’ duels more so than high-scoring affairs. The Cubs are averaging just 3.1 runs per game to the White Sox four runs per game since 2010. 

The Cubs are already 13 games out of first place in the NL Central, one of baseball’s toughest divisions. The White Sox will be looking to go above .500 Monday for the first time since April 10.

With the new inter-league scheduling which includes many more games against the opposing league, it’s surprising that the teams won’t play more than four games against one another. You would think that they would take advantage of the opportunity to get more rivalry games in.

MLB has scheduled all four of its cross-town rivalries (New York Yankees vs. New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Los Angeles Angels and San Francisco Giants vs. Oakland Athletics) for four-game sets starting on Memorial Day. 

The Cubs will send Jeff Samardzija to the hill to kick off the series against Jose Quintana on Monday evening.

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