Chicago Cubs: White Sox versus Cubs series preview
The Chicago Cubs look to remain hot in the second half as they start a four-game set against the White Sox on Monday
After downing the Cardinals 5-3 on Sunday, the Chicago Cubs improved to 8-1 since the All-Star break. The outstanding play by the Cubs in the first nine games of the second half has propelled them into a tie for first place with the Brewers. At 51-46, the Cubs are five games above .500 for the first time this season.
While the Cubs are trending in the right direction, the White Sox seem to be heading in the opposite direction. After dropping Sunday’s contest to the Royals, the White Sox ran their losing streak to nine games and fell to 38-57 on the season. At 12 1/2 games back in the division and 11 games back in the Wild Card race, it would seem the White Sox are out of contention. Even though that is the case, the White Sox will no doubt play their best baseball against their crosstown rivals.
Let’s look a little deeper into how these two teams have fared this season, starting with a recent trade.