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Cubs / White Sox Preview

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PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS

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Friday at 2:20p EDT – Jeff Samardzija vs. Phillip Humber

Samardzija was pulled after throwing 91 pitches over five innings in his last start against the Brewers. Obviously, he’d like to go deeper in games, and the Cubs would, too. He was effective mixing up his pitches, and needs to continue that. Humber has made one career start at Wrigley Field and that resulted in a 1-0 victory over the Cubs last July 2, after Humber threw seven scoreless frames. He bounced back on Sunday to give up just one run in 6 2/3 to the Royals.

Saturday at 7:15p EDT – Ryan Dempster vs. John Danks

Dempster gave up four runs in a six-inning stint on Monday. Dempster surrendered all the runs in the sixth after giving up just four runs over his first 25 1/3 innings of the season. The Cubs won for the first time in Dempster’s six starts. Danks had another tough outing amidst a rough season. He allowed five runs on nine hits in three-plus innings, while walking three. He has two strikeouts and seven walks in his past three games.

Sunday at 2:20p EDT – Paul Maholm vs. Jake Peavy

Maholm yielded four runs in six innings at St. Louis on Tuesday. He allowed three runs over the first two innings but settled down to give up just one run on three hits in his final four frames. The right-hander allowed season highs with nine hits and two home runs during Detroit’s 10-8 win on Tuesday. Peavy also had a streak of eight consecutive quality starts snapped, dating back to Sept. 6, 2011.

NOTES FROM THE ENEMY

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The Crosstown rivalry is finally upon us. I’m sure it’ll still be a drunken bash for most Cub fans, who are putting up with a team that just isn’t that good. It’s not like the White Sox are bashing teams into oblivion either, but they do have a better team than the lovable Cubbies.

Cubs pitchers could be in for a rough 3 days, unless the recent cross country travels hurt the Sox.

Alejandro De Aza is a hitting machine. In May alone, he is hitting close to .400.

The Cubs favorite guy, A.J.Pierzynski is hitting at a .538 clip over his past 3 games (through Wednesday). Hum, getting hot just in time for a series against the Cubs. Pierzynski is also a catching machine, having caught over 1000 innings the past 10 years.

Where is Michael Barrett now?

Cubs pitchers best be careful with Adam Dunn this year. Not only is the big man hitting again, but he has rediscovered his power stroke. His 12 home runs are 1 more than he hit all of last year. Of those 12 bombs, 5 have been hit in the 1st inning.

Paul Konerko is also heating up. But has he ever really cooled off? Either way, the Sox 1st baseman is revving up for the rivalry by hitting .314 in May, and .500 the last 3 days (Through Wednesday).

The rumbling is barely audible, but could Konerko be a Hall of Famer? His numbers are starting to look real good. This may be a low blow, but is there anyone on the Cubs, right now, who will get into the Hall?I’m talking without a ticket.

One more Konerko note. He has hit 6 homeruns against the Cubs the past 5 years, that includes no at bats against the team in 2008. I think the Cubs fans should cheer that guy, as he is a Chicago icon.

The pitching matchup is one for the ages–haha. The 3 Sox starters include a guy who’s thrown a perfect game, a former Cy Young winner and very wealthy lefthander. The Cubs throw a tight end, a comedian and a guy who refuses to pronounce his name correctly. it should be Mal-holm, not Mall-hall-em.

Jake Peavy is 6-2 all-time against the Cubs, including 3-0 as a member of the Sox.
Danks is 2-1, but, even I’ll admit, he’s not pithing like the guy we have come to know, and love.
Even Humber has a win over the Cubs, and he has won only 12 games his entire career.

The Sox have won 5 of the previous 9 games at Wrigley, and 11 of the past 18 meetings altogether.

I forgot to mention, it’s also the first time Ventura and Sveum face off against each other. There aren’t many, but one positive Cubs note. Ventura lost the only 3 games he played at Wrigley back in 1998, so he’ll be looking for his first win as a member of the Sox, at the friendly confines.

Dale Sveum. He was never part of the Cubs/Sox interleague series, but he once played on the South Side, right along side his teammate, and pal Robin Ventura.

Sox should sweep, but they’ll at least win 2.

Drink up Cubs fan.

OUR TAKE

It’s true we might get swept this weekend.  But take solace, Cubs fan–at least you’re not ^that^ guy.

And keep an eye out for Kerry Wood’s next appearance, since it will be his last.  More on that later today.

  • Jedi

    I want to hear what CAPS has to say about the ChiSox blogger.

  • Jedi

    I want to hear what CAPS has to say about the ChiSox blogger.

    • I’ll take a stab.  “ChiSox bloggers only know one line:  Cubs suck!”

    • Eddie Von White

       Jedi – You hit the nail on the head, everybody on VFTB is anticiapting CAPS’ remarks. I said to my son this morning, “Son, I can’t wait to see what CAPS has to say about this series.”

    • AC0000000

      Did you really think I wouldn’t say anything about the White Sox? The first half of his notes were fine, the 2nd half, he showed his true colors. And yes jswan, “Cubs Suck” is his entire vocabulary. Samardzidja was a WR at ND, not a TE. And who cares about Konerko? I’m not going to cheer for him, just because he is a White Sox icon. I refuse to root for the White Sox just because they are from my city. They are a disgrace to my city, and so is the owner. He is a disgrace to Chicago with both teams he owns. Him and Selig caused the players strike in 1994, he threatened to move the White Sox to Tampa if he didn’t get a new stadium, wouldn’t let Mark Cuban buy the Cubs, and he destroyed the Bulls dynasty, allowing Krause to run out Michael, Phil, Scottie, and gang.

      Met a few Twins and Tigers fans today at Disney, said Go Twins and Tigers to them like I normally do, and I let them know I hate the White Sox. A couple of them were like we do too, Cubs Suck is all they know how to say. That made my day. A magical moment if I ever saw one.

  • Gymjok

    Could be interesting-
    the response from the Sox haters to Notes from the enemy.
    (I’m guessing Joe will want you to try and keep it clean)

  • Gymjok

    Could be interesting-
    the response from the Sox haters to Notes from the enemy.
    (I’m guessing Joe will want you to try and keep it clean)

  • John

    “it should be Mal-holm, not Mall-hall-em”  Well, first of all, his name is Maholm, should it shouldn’t be Mal- or Mall-anything since there’s no L in the middle.  With all due respect, it’s his name, so if he says it’s pronounced “snarf” I have to accept it.  (For real I think it’s Scottish or something.)

    • Jeremiah Johnson

      If he was Welsh it might be pronounced “snarf.” #WelshIsConfusingYo

  • John

    “it should be Mal-holm, not Mall-hall-em”  Well, first of all, his name is Maholm, should it shouldn’t be Mal- or Mall-anything since there’s no L in the middle.  With all due respect, it’s his name, so if he says it’s pronounced “snarf” I have to accept it.  (For real I think it’s Scottish or something.)

    • Jeremiah Johnson

      If he was Welsh it might be pronounced “snarf.” #WelshIsConfusingYo

  • Verncrowe5

    Samardzija was a WR, never a TE. Eh, maybe I’m searching too much for a fight. Let’s score some touchdowns Cubs! 

  • Seymour Butts

    I kind of enjoyed the notes from the enemy. Not some nicey-nice talker just trying to get along, but the spirit of a true Sox fan.  
     You can’t expect platitudes and false faint praise form folks with mono-syllabic vocabularies and remarkably low teeth-to-tattoo ratios.

    • Eddie Von White

      “the spirit of a true Sox fan” – I thought the same thing Seymour. That’s what everyone of them sounds like – all arrogant and condescending. You can’t really hate them, they love their team. They’re just really obnoxious about it.

      • AC0000000

        No they aren’t. They’re just Cubs haters who need a team to root for. Why do you think Pat Quinn won’t give Ricketts the money to fix up Wrigley? He’s a White Sox fan. Just like Barry. If either of them came into my pizza store back home, I would tell them the Bears and White Sox suck. I don’t intend to vote for either of them, and one of the reasons is because they are White Sox fans.

  • Joe Aiello

    Should we invade their comment section when we win?

    • Jedi

      Get out of my brain…I was already plotting and hoping we manage to win the first two games.

      • AC0000000

        I’ll be there if we win this series

    • Jeremiah Johnson

      At Joe’s signal, unleash CAPS.

      • FedEx a case of RedBull to the pizza place at Disney, attn: CAPS.

  • Tommy

    If we can refrain from too buch bunting, we have a puncher’s chance of having a pretty good weekend.

    • Tommy

      too much bunting…

      • Let’s start by refraining from thinking bunting is the reason we have a losing record.

      • Jedi

        The bullpen does not endorse jswanson’s comment.

      • Tommy

        Who said bunting was the reason for the losing record? By the way, Campana bunted out foul in a critical juncture in Friday’s game.

      • You.  After implying it, you backed it up with another anecdote.  

      • Sorry man…shit*y loss.  I’m grumpy.  

      • Jedi

        I don’t think that’s an appropriate use of the asterisk.

        -Ford Frick

  • Doug Bagley

    Would it kill this team to score some runs?

  • Buddy

    The Cubs may not finish last in runs scored this year, but they’ll be close.