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.

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