Results tagged ‘ White Sox ’

9/28 Extra bases

* The Cubs and White Sox finished 73-89 this season, the first time in the city’s history that the two teams posted identical records.

* If you’re looking ahead, the Cubs will pick ninth in the June 2015 First-Year Player Draft, according to MLBTradeRumors. Here’s the order based on how teams finished 2014:

1. Diamondbacks
2. Astros (for failure to sign 2014 No. 1 overall pick Brady Aiken)
3. Rockies
4. Rangers
5. Astros
6. Twins
7. Red Sox
8. White Sox
9. Cubs
10. Phillies
11. Reds

The first 11 picks are protected, meaning that teams cannot lose those picks for signing free agents who have been extended qualifying offers.

— Carrie Muskat

7/8 Cubs 8, White Sox 2

If this was Matt Garza’s last start with the Cubs, he gave some teams plenty to think about. Alfonso Soriano hit solo home run, a double and stole two bases, and Luis Valbuena drove in three runs to back Garza and lift the Cubs to an 8-2 Interleague victory Monday over the White Sox to complete a sweep of the rain-delayed intracity series.

The Cubs had already won the first three games of this crosstown series, and this was a makeup game of the May 28 rained out contest. They posted their first winning season series over the White Sox since going 5-1 in 2007. It’s the first sweep by either the Cubs or White Sox since the teams began a home-and-away format in 1999.

Garza, the subject of trade rumors since Spring Training, scattered five hits over seven innings while striking out six. The right-hander has given up just four earned runs over 37 innings in his last five starts for an 0.97 ERA. He made a grand entrance, delaying the game briefly in the first as he walked from the bullpen to the dugout. There were at least eight scouts who waited out the 29-minute rain delay to see Garza as well as others.

There were reports Monday that the Cubs were talking to Garza about a possible long-term contract but it’s more likely that the right-hander will be dealt by the July 31 Trade Deadline. The key will be whether the Cubs get the top prospects they want in return. The Cubs have already been busy, trading Scott Feldman, Carlos Marmol, Steve Clevenger, and Scott Hairston. Who’s next?

“You can’t really worry about that,” Anthony Rizzo said. “I’m sure it’s in guys’ heads. Whoever is here, whoever is in the lineup has to play that day. We have to continue to grow and get better and win.”

Dave Sappelt had a career high four hits, including two RBI singles. The Cubs scored five runs in the eighth, and outscored the White Sox, 32-8, in the four games, to improve to 12-6 in Interleague play.

— Carrie Muskat

7/8 Cubs lineup – UPDATED

Welington Castillo was scratched from the lineup because he was ill. Luis Valbuena will be the Cubs’ designated hitter on Monday when they meet the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field in a makeup game. Starlin Castro is leading off for the third time this season. Here’s the lineup:

Castro SS
Ransom 3B
Rizzo 1B
Soriano LF
Navarro C
Valbuena DH
Barney 2B
Sappelt RF
Borbon CF

Garza P

5/31 Celebrating the crosstown cup


3/7 Cubs vs White Sox

It’s just another Cactus League game Thursday for Cubs manager Dale Sveum, but not for Chicago fans, it’s round one of Cubs vs. White Sox. The two teams square off at HoHoKam Stadium.

“I’ve got to be honest, they just run into each other,” Sveum said of the Cactus League games. “It’s just another game where everybody gets their work in. That’s what it is. It’s just another Cactus League game where guys are just getting their work in, getting their at-bats, getting their innings in. It’s a little tough to think you’re going to be super serious when you don’t have your [regular] lineup out there, they won’t have their lineup out there. It still in the preliminary stages of Spring Training where obviously, two weeks from now, if we had five or six games left, you’d have your team out there and start playing matchups and doing the things you’d do during the season.”

This season, the Cubs-White Sox series has been condensed into a four-game stretch May 27-30 with two games at each ballpark. Major League teams will have Interleague games every day during the season.

“We’re all going to play the same amount of games against Interleague play,” Sveum said. “It’ll be sporadic from day one. It’s not something you have to deal with. It’s just going to be earlier than normal.”

There will be a slight difference. In the past, the Cubs usually had all of their games vs. AL teams in one stretch, and would add a player to be the designated hitter. This year, the games are spread out and that may not be an option. The Cubs play the Rangers April 16-18, for example, then have to deal with NL Central rivals for the next six games.

The Cubs also will play the Angels June 4-5 in Anaheim; and travel to Seattle June 28-30 and to Oakland July 2-4. The Angels come to Wrigley Field July 9-10.

— Carrie Muskat

3/6 Cubs vs. White Sox

The Cubs and White Sox face off Thursday at HoHoKam Stadium in Mesa for the first of two Cactus League meetings. Carlos Villanueva will start for the Cubs against the Sox’s Jose Quintana. Here’s the early Cubs lineup:

DeJesus CF
Barney 2B
Schierholtz RF
Soriano LF
Valbuena 3B
Castillo C
Nelson 1B
Maysonet SS
Villanueva P

Note: The lineup is subject to change. There was a last minute switch on Wednesday at the Rangers game because Darwin Barney was in the original lineup and then scratched. Nothing was wrong but Dale Sveum lets his veterans take a day off, and Barney had picked Wednesday but there was a little mixup. Note to Barney fans: He’s not in the doghouse at all.

— Carrie Muskat

6/17 Cubs lineup & extra bases

Paul Maholm is on the mound Sunday night when the Cubs close their three-game Interleague series against the Red Sox. Here’s the lineup:

Johnson RF

Barney 2B

Castro SS

Soriano LF

Baker 1B

Mather CF

Castillo C

Valbuena 3B

Maholm P

* Starlin Castro has started each of the Cubs’ first 65 games this season, and is one of two NL players to start all of the team’s games so far. The Braves’ Dan Uggla also has done so.

* The Cubs are batting .224 against southpaws this season, third lowest in the NL. They are 3-14 against left-handed starters, including a loss Saturday.

* The Cubs have lost 23 of their last 30 games since May 15, and 12 of those 23 losses have been by one run. Alfonso Soriano has provided much of the offense, hitting 12 homers in his last 30 games. He’s batting .294 in that stretch with seven doubles, 24 RBIs and a .688 slugging percentage.

* The Cubs are 3-8 in Interleague play, with three games remaining against the American League. They face their crosstown rivals, the White Sox, in a three-game set starting Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Pitching matchups:

Monday: Matt Garza (2-5, 4.04 ERA) vs. Zach Stewart (1-1, 5.18 ERA)

Tuesday: Travis Wood (0-3, 4.58 ERA) vs. Jake Peavy (6-2, 2.91 ERA)

Wednesday: Ryan Dempster (3-3, 2.11 ERA) vs. Gavin Floyd (4-7, 5.63 ERA)

* Happy birthday to bullpen coach Lester Strode, who is 54. He’s in his 24th season as a member of the Cubs organization.

— Carrie Muskat

5/31 Cubs sign Lindsay

The Cubs signed free agent pitcher Shane Lindsay and assigned him to Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs also have released pitcher Nate Robertson, and he is now a free agent. In December, Lindsay signed with the Dodgers as a Minor League free agent and was a non-roster invite to Spring Training.  He was 0-1 with a 5.00 ERA in eight games for the Albuquerque Isotopes from April 27-May 19, before getting released. Last season, Lindsay was 2-2 with a 1.98 ERA and four saves in 45 games for Triple-A Charlotte and was named to the International League All-Star team.  He was called up by the White Sox on Sept. 2 and made four appearances for his first big league action. Lindsay originally signed with the Rockies in 2003 as a non-drafted free agent out of his native Australia. He missed the entire 2007 season due to shoulder surgery.  Entering this season, Lindsay was 22-17 with a 3.37 ERA and six saves in 169 career Minor League games (46 starts) with the Rockies (2004-10), Yankees (’10), Indians (’10), and White Sox (’11). Robertson was 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA in 14 games with Iowa.

— Carrie Muskat 

4/18 Buehrle vs. Cubs

On this date in baseball history in 2007, Mark Buehrle faced the minimum 27 batters in a 6-0 no-hit victory over the Rangers. The lefty, who was then pitching for the White Sox, did walk Sammy Sosa with one out in the fifth but picked him off first base. On Wednesday in Miami, Buehrle will face the Cubs at Marlins Park. Now with the Marlins, the lefty has made 13 starts against the Cubs in Interleague play and compiled a 5-4 record and 4.15 ERA. That includes a complete game victory on May 19, 2006, when he threw a complete game two-hitter.

— Carrie Muskat


11/16 Cubs look for pitching help – UPDATE

The Cubs may be one of several teams to talk to Bob Garber, agent for free agent pitcher C.J. Wilson.’s Jon Heyman says Wilson is seeking a six-year, $120 million deal, which could price him out of the Cubs’ market. Garber was to meet with at least 10 teams at the GM Meetings, including the Marlins, Yankees, Royals, Angels, Nationals, Rockies, and Rangers. When asked if he had talked to Theo Epstein, Garber smiled.

“I’m not going to comment on that at this point,” Garber said. “You can ask Theo that.”

 Could Mark Buehrle switch to the north side of Chicago? According to FOX Sports, the Cubs have had multiple discussions with  Buehrle’s agent, Jeff Berry. The other teams interested in the left-hander include the White Sox, Marlins, Blue Jays, Royals, Angels, Nationals and Diamondbacks.Buehrle is 24-6 in 40 games (39 starts) his career against National League teams with a 3.32 ERA. And, against the NL Central, he’s 13-4 with a 3.28 ERA. Last season, he won 13 games for the fourth straight year, going 13-9 with a 3.59 ERA.

The Cubs do need pitching — a lack of depth was a problem last year. Heyman also reported the Cubs and Royals are talking to Scott Boras about pitcher Bruce Chen. The 34-year-old left-hander was 12-8 with a 3.77 ERA last season with the Royals, and has pitched for the Braves, Phillies, Mets, Expos, Reds, Astros, Red Sox, Orioles and Rangers besides the Royals.

— Carrie Muskat