Sorry I'm a bit late on this one...but hey you have about 18 hours to get your bets in...
Chicago Cubs 49-32 (Road 16-22)
Chicago White Sox 45-35 (Home 26-11)
Yeah folks this is Part 2.
ChC: S Marshall (0-1, 5.40 ERA)
CWS: M. Buerhle (5-6, 4.04 ERA)
Losing all three games at Wrigley Field last weekend left the Chicago White Sox anxious for a rematch against the crosstown Cubs.
A win in Sunday’s series finale could be the perfect redemption.
The White Sox look to complete their first three-game sweep of the Cubs in nearly nine years on Sunday night in the conclusion of the teams’ interleague series at U.S. Cellular Field.
The AL Central-leading White Sox (45-35) weren’t at their best in losing three games to the Cubs at Wrigley last weekend, with manager Ozzie Guillen acknowledging that the team “played terrible” in the series.
The White Sox, however, have taken the first two games of the current set, winning Friday’s opener 10-3 and hitting three homers, including Carlos Quentin’s tie-breaking drive in the seventh in a 6-5 win on Saturday.
“That was an exciting game, a lot of fun, and really what this series is all about,” White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski told the team’s official Web site.
Jermaine Dye, the reigning AL player of the week, added a three-run homer and has hit .435 (20-for-46) with eight home runs and 22 RBIs over his last 12 games.
Saturday’s win was the White Sox’s fourth in five games, and gave them a one-game lead over Minnesota in the Central.
The White Sox are now in a position to sweep their crosstown rivals for the first time since taking three straight at Wrigley Field from June 11-13, 1999. That is the only time they have swept the Cubs since the inception of interleague play in 1997.
The Cubs (49-32), meanwhile, have lost seven of their last 11 contests, but remain atop the NL Central. They will be trying to avoid their first four-game losing streak of the season.
“It’s not fun right now, but we’re going to bounce back,” said Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee, who tied a career high with five hits and drove in three runs Saturday.
Lee has hit .319 (29-for-91) with three homers and 15 RBIs in 25 games versus the White Sox, going 5-for-9 (.556) with a homer against Sunday’s starter Mark Buehrle (5-6, 4.04 ERA).
The left-hander is 3-0 with a 1.41 ERA in his last four starts, pitching eight innings in each outing.
On Tuesday, he scattered six hits and notched his 1,000th career strikeout in a 6-1 road victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The White Sox have won each of Buehrle’s last three home starts, a stretch in which he has gone 2-0 with a 1.57 ERA. He hasn’t been as dominant against the Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field, going 1-2 with a 4.15 ERA in three matchups.
The Cubs counter with Sean Marshall (0-1, 5.40), who is making his second start since being recalled from Triple-A Iowa to take the roster spot of ace Carlos Zambrano (strained right shoulder).
The left-hander, who compiled a 4.15 ERA in 13 relief appearances for the Cubs earlier this year, fanned seven, but also yielded four runs and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings of a 7-5 home loss to Baltimore on Tuesday.
Marshall is 1-1 with a 2.92 ERA in two career starts versus the White Sox, limiting them to five hits in 6 1-3 innings of a 3-0 victory on June 24, 2007 at U.S. Cellular Field.