Sweeping in Chicago

June 23, 2008 – 12:29 am by admin

Remember the other day when I said the Cubs-Sox “rivalry” doesn’t stir my blood as much as you’d think it would? Wellll…

It’s still pretty nice to sweep the White Sox, as it is any team I suppose. By beating the Sox on Sunday night the Cubs improved to 32-8 at Wrigley Field. Yeah, 32-8. That’s ridiculous.

For Cubs fans, the most heartening thing has to be that guys like Aramis Ramirez and Derrek Lee and Ryan Dempster played very well after Carlos Zambrano landed on the disabled list. There’s no question contributions will have to come from everywhere (Jim Edmonds, Jason Marquis) until both Alfonso Soriano and Zambrano are back and healthy.

As for the Sox, well, they’re still in first place. Definitely nothing wrong with that. But after the Cubs pounded a very good pitching staff for three straight games, it makes one wonder if they can hold up over the long haul, especially since the offense is so one dimensional.

I found it pretty ironic during Sunday night’s ESPN telecast when Jon Miller said the Sox are near or at (I’m too lazy to look) the top of the American League in home runs but near or at the bottom in steals.

This is the same team that won the World Series by playing “Ozzie Ball.” You know, stealing, hit-and-runs and sacrifice bunts. Apparently they don’t do that anymore. I’d have to say that doesn’t bode well for the rest of the season and has to be a huge reason why the Sox offense is so streaky.

So, yeah. That was probably incoherent rambling.

Bottom line: Cubs win all three.

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