What to Know
The White Sox maintain a slim 58-54 lead within the all-time common season collection between the 2 golf equipment.
For the second 12 months in a row, Jose Quintana isn’t scheduled to pitch in opposition to his former group.
For the Cubs, they’re driving excessive after a three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins, they usually have among the best run differentials within the Nationwide League regardless of being a recreation and a half behind the St. Louis Cardinals within the NL Central race.
As for the White Sox, they’re eight video games out within the shockingly dangerous American League Central, and are the one huge league group that hasn’t hit double digits within the win column but.
Even so, there might be loads of expertise and storylines to observe on the sector this weekend:
Friday: Carson Fulmer vs. Tyler Chatwood
Friday’s collection opener will possible be performed underneath ominous skies and in a lot cooler circumstances than have been the norm at Wrigley Subject over the Cubs’ previous few video games.
The White Sox will ship Fulmer to the mound within the recreation after he had a tough effort in opposition to the Minnesota Twins final weekend. He gave up 4 residence runs in simply 3.2 innings of labor, and he took the loss because the White Sox dropped a 6-Four resolution.
As for the Cubs, they’ll be hoping that Chatwood can start to search out his kind after a tough begin to the season. He has already issued 27 walks this season, however he’s nonetheless posted a 3.31 ERA and struck out 32 batters in six begins this season.
Saturday: James Shields vs. Jon Lester
Shields had an ideal recreation moving into his final begin, however he nonetheless wasn’t capable of safe the victory, as he gave up three earned runs in 6.2 innings in a 5-Three loss to the Twins.
Shields has additionally given the Cubs suits during the last three seasons, posting a 2.92 ERA and a 2-1 report in 4 begins in opposition to the North Siders. He has walked 10 batters in 24.2 innings of labor, however he’s additionally racked up 29 strikeouts in these video games and held the group to a .213 batting common.
In the meantime, Lester might be making an attempt to do one thing he’s solely carried out as soon as this season: get previous the sixth inning to assist save a bullpen that’s already been probably the most extremely taxed in baseball. Lester does have a 2.82 ERA and a 2-1 report this season, however has racked up excessive pitch counts early in video games and compelled Joe Maddon to dip into his bullpen sooner than he most likely wish to.
Having a day without work Thursday helped, however with 11 video games developing within the subsequent 10 days due to a doubleheader in Cincinnati and a make-up recreation in opposition to the Atlanta Braves Monday, the Cubs want a deep outing from their veteran stopper.
Sunday: Lucas Giolito vs. Kyle Hendricks
Hendricks as soon as once more is likely one of the most under-appreciated hurlers in baseball, racking up groundball outs like loopy and posting a 3.02 ERA and a 3-2 report this season. He has not allowed greater than three earned runs in any of his final 5 begins, and after giving up three residence runs to the Colorado Rockies on Might 1, he responded with eight innings of two-run baseball in opposition to the Marlins on Monday.
Giolito has been coping with some mechanical points on the mound, and has had just a few tough begins this season, together with giving up 4 earned runs and 7 hits in 4 innings in opposition to the Pirates on Tuesday. He has a 1-Four report and a 7.25 ERA on the season, and he possible gained’t discover a lot consolation in a Cubs lineup that has seemingly been rounding into kind as of late.
Gamers to Watch:
White Sox catcher Welington Castillo has been coping with some bumps and bruises as of late, however the former Cub is driving a 3 recreation hitting streak and has two residence runs and 4 RBI in his final three contests, together with two in opposition to Nationwide League competitors.
Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant has additionally been settling into a pleasant groove of late for the North Siders, with 4 residence runs and 6 RBI in his final seven video games. He additionally has 4 doubles over that stretch, and has been driving the ball with authority in opposition to righties and lefties alike.