As we look ahead to this week in baseball for Chicago a certain urgency is looming at least in the fans eyes. Let’s take a look at the “every other day” White Sox. You could not be playing more like a .500 team than the White Sox, they win a game, and they lose a game. There’s been no sustained winning streak, nor as of late has there been a sustained losing streak.
The Sox week has been cut short due to rain in Detroit last night so someone will have bragging rights today after the Sox/Tigers play a one game series this afternoon. I would call this game a must win going into a very winnable home stand for the Sox this week. The Sox will basically face themselves when they play Los Angeles this week at the Cell, it should be interesting. Both teams are built around pitching and “so-called” adequate offensives. It’s followed up by a visit from the Florida Marlins for interleague play. I’m going to lessen my demands on the White Sox, so let’s beat the Tigers today and win both of the series, 4-2 this week would be acceptable and a step in the right direction.
The Cubs week is not quite as easy, but maybe the Cubs will rise to the occasion. With Zambrano’s roll now designated to long relief, so basically not pitching, the Cubs look to move forward. They got off on the right foot with a win against the Rockies last night at Wrigley. The extra inning win saw a surprise guest, Aramis Ramirez hit the game winning home run in the 11th. The game made it to the 11th because closer, Carlos Marmol, walked in the tying run in the eighth. John Grabow loaded the bases for Marmol.
With a trip to Philly, who seems to be rolling right now, and heading to Texas to face-off against one of the best offensives in baseball and an improved pitching staffs, the Cubs finally have a challenge. Philly destroyed the Cubs dominating Pittsburgh Pirates last night 12-2, which does not seem to play well into the Cubs favor.
Texas has quietly taken over first in the West with a stronger pitching staff and a rejuvenated Josh Hamilton. Hamilton has seven home runs, 23 RBI’s, 25 runs, and three stolen bases in the first six weeks of the season. He’s on pace for a 29 home run and 95 RBI season for the Rangers. Keeping players off the base path before Hamilton, Vlad Guerro, and Nelson Cruz will be the Cubs challenge.
Based on the competition this week for the Cubs knowing that they already have a win under their belt last night would be 4-3. Anything above that could mean a turning point for the $147 million disappointment. Despite their poor play the Cubs remain only 5-1/2 games back of the BIG RED MACHINE. Who would of thought that?