6/19 Cubs vs. White Sox
On Monday, the Cubs begin their home and road Interleague series against the White Sox, who lead, 41-37, in their meetings. The Sox also took last year’s series, 4-2. Mike Quade says he hasn’t decided on a DH yet. Aramis Ramirez and Alfonso Soriano handled the duties in Boston against the Red Sox.
This will be Carlos Zambrano’s first game on the South Side since his tantrum last June 25, which led to a three-game suspension and anger management therapy.
“We forgot about it,” Soriano said. “We play one day at a time. I think he’ll do a very good job tomorrow.”
Said Quade: “I think he’s well prepared. I’ve put all that behind me. I expect him to pitch well and be the guy he’s been for three months, four months. He’ll take the ball and pitch well, that’s what I really care about.”
Here are some Cubs vs. White Sox numbers:
* The Cubs are 21-18 at Wrigley Field, but 16-23 at Comiskey Park/U.S. Cellular Field.
* The Cubs’ last three-game sweep was June 20-22, 2008; and the last time they were swept was June 27-29, 2008. The most wins the Cubs have had is five in 2007, and fewest was one in 1997.
Cubs leaders vs. White Sox:
Batting average: Mark Grace .350
Home runs: Aramis Ramirez, 12
RBIs: Sammy Sosa, 39
ERA: Mark Prior, 2.88
Wins: Carlos Zambrano, five
Saves: Ryan Dempster & Bob Howry, three each
Strikeouts: Zambrano, 66
– Carrie Muskat