One city, two teams – and one of the biggest rivalries in professional sports history. The only difference being the South Side has bragging rights in not only the Windy City Showdown but recent World Series titles (2005) – which obviously trumps everything else.
Soon enough or so we hope, the Cubs will emerge as World Series victors behind Jon Lester, Anthony Rizzo, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. A plan that has been in motion for several years now and appears to be getting better and better each day.
Last season these two teams finished the year with identical records of 73-89 and sat at the bottom of their respected divisions. This time around, both squads are expected to make a huge run in the N.L./A.L. Central after having themselves huge off-seasons. The Cubs as we all know landed arms in both Lester and Hammel while upgrading behind the dish by trading for Miguel Montero.
With bold predictions from both new manager Joe Maddon and future MVP Anthony Rizzo, this team is going to have some much-needed confidence and fire heading into Opening Night. Although this front-office made some serious moves over the winter, this division is still (in my opinion) the toughest to predict with the amount of talent it holds.
Now according to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Cubs are projected to win one more game than the White Sox this season. They have both Chicago teams in the middle of the pack with the North Siders at 82 1/2 and the South Siders at 81 1/2. It’s not a huge margin but we’ll take it.
This means the Cubs would end up finishing third place in the N.L. Central behind the first place St. Louis Cardinals (88 1/2) and the second place Pittsburgh Pirates (83 1/2).
After dropping four straight seasons in this rivalry to the White Sox, the Cubs finally brought home the cup with a four game sweep. It was the first time the team had done so since 2007 where they would win both the series 5-1 and the N.L. Central the same year. 2013 was dominated by the White Sox as they won back their bragging rights in a 3-1 series win.
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The rivalry between the two will kick-off once again in a three game weekend series at Wrigley before the All-Star break on Fri. Jul. 15. Their final meeting of the season will come in late August on Fri. Apr. 14. I wouldn’t mind a repeat of the 2008 season where both clubs met each other as leaders in their division and would go onto clinching although they tied 3-3.
As of last season, the White Sox are up on the Cubs 52-46.