The Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox are set to resume their long-standing rivalry on Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field on the city’s South Side. What looked like a World Series Preview back in April has become something else, with the Cubs maintaining a healthy lead in the National League Central, but the White Sox dropping below .500 and potentially become sellers at the upcoming trade deadline. Has Chris Sale officially shredded his welcome in the Sox clubhouse, like he shredded the team’s throwback jerseys on Saturday night? Whether he has or not, a team suspension will keep him out of action for this week’s series.
The American League’s 4-2 win at the All-Star game on July 12 is a clear sign of the AL’s dominance over the NL this season. But the supremacy of the AL in head-to-head competition does not stop there. In fact, the results of the 11 interleague home-and-home series this year have been brutal for the National League: the Miami Marlins are the only NL team to beat their AL opponent, and the Minnesota Twins and Milwaukee Brewers battled to a tie. Beyond that, the Angels took 3 of 4 from the Dodgers, the Toronto Blue Jays took 3 of 4 from the Philadelphia Phillies, and on and on. The scoreboard now reads AL team 31, and NL team 13. That’s a pretty convincing win for the American League.
The Cubs may have the inside track to the World Series in the NL this year, so they are the league’s best hope to gain some respectability this week. But the White Sox are looking to continue the Senior Circuit beatdown, so it should be quite a spirited series on both ends of town. Remember that Gamehedge can provide tickets to either ballpark, all backed by our Good Game Guarantee.