Date/Time: May 28th, 8:10 PM ET
Television: Local TV only
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Probable Starters: CHC - Edwin Jackson (R) vs CHW - Chris Sale (L)
Moneyline: White Sox -175
The Chicagoland Crosstown Cup is made up of four games this season. Since official inter league play was initiated throughout the league in 1997 the White Sox have won the most games 49-42, at present. While these games (in the old days) were played just for "bragging rights", nowadays, these games truly count. Their final meeting in 2012 resulted in a South Side victory and shutout of 7-0, this year the Cubs returned the favor in their first meeting on Monday by producing the same score. This year the Cubs came out on top of Game 1 thanks to interstellar pitching from their hurler.
Jeff Samardzija looked excellent as the starting pitcher for the Cubs and by some stroke of good will actually received decent run support from his team mates for a change. Typically, they leave him high and dry, leading to a lot of close loses for this powerhouse pitcher. Dale Sveum trusted Samardzija with the ball and left him in for the duration. He ended up with a complete game shutout, he really is an impressive pitcher and the gem of the north side. To note, the White sox only managed two hits and two walks off the guy. However, the team is still second to last in the National League Central division and still need a hefty push to break even.
The White Sox looked utterly terrible defensively in their first meeting. They had been beginning to recover after a shaky start to the season. Due to the result of their first meeting the Sox are now 24-25 on the season. They had been hovering near the bottom of the AL Central for the first few months of the season but are now making some headway. Very similar to their 2012 season, which may not be necessarily uplifting for their fans.
In this game the clubs will likely need to regroup. The Cubs can't put Samardzija on the mound every game and will tapped Edwin Jackson for tonight. His 1-7 record goes well with an ERA of 6.11 so the Sox might actually be able to manufacture some runs. Chris Sale will start for the White Sox, he goes into the game sporting a record of 5-2 and an ERA of 2.53.