So we talked about the first 100 games, where the Chicago Cubs are 60-40. Well, in game #101, they ended up splitting the series against the sorta-rival White Sox, and now the Cubs are 21 over .500, which is pretty good considering they didn’t get to that point last year until late August.
The White Sox did snag the first couple games at the Cell in annoying fashion, but the Cubs won the run differential battle as they blew out the Sox in the first game and got to Chris Sale in the finale. We got to see the debut of the controversial Aroldis Chapman, the Cubs’ new back end of the bullpen at work, and some timely hitting from the offense. The rotation was also very solid all the way through the series, although Jake Arrieta got knocked around a bit late in his start and Kyle Hendricks got no run support. That’s the way it goes sometimes, because you can’t predict baseball. With this series concluded, the White Sox are below .500 again, which skews that pesky “wins against teams over .500” stat that nervous Cubs fans point at here and there. The games at Wrigley were also closer than the final scores may have indicated, so that one-run game stat doesn’t provide the proper context either. Wins are wins, let’s just leave it at that.
Now the Cubs and their fans don’t have to worry about the White Sox until either the World Series or sometime next year. Get out of the way, Seattle is next!
Seattle Mariners @ Chicago Cubs
The Mariners are sans Ichiro Suzuki, who is grabbing his 3000th hit at some point as a member of the Marlins. They still have a bunch of remarkable hitters and decent enough pitching, but are on the outside looking in as they’re behind a bunch of teams in the American League wild card race. The Cubs, on the other hand, continue to stay at the head of the pack in the National League and the Central division with a fairly comfortable lead. Here are the matchups…
Saturday, July 30
1:20 PM Central
Wade Miley vs. Jake Arrieta
TV = CSN-C, Radio = WSCR AM 670 The Score
Sunday, July 31
7:08 PM Central
Felix Hernandez vs. Kyle Hendricks
TV = ESPN, Radio = WSCR AM 670 The Score