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Gamethread: Cubs at Sox

Baseball, anyone? The Cactus Crosstown Cup concludes this afternoon with Lopez v. Yu

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox
Plugging Along: Lopez looks to continue his successful spring with five-plus against the Cubs.
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Time: 3:05 p.m. CST

TV: NBC Sports Chicago and MLB Network

Radio: none

Webcast: NBC sports live (with certain TV subscriptions)

The young starting pitchers for the Chicago White Sox have given the rebuild and even the 2018 season some hope this spring, and Reynaldo Lopez is at the core of that hope.

  • In Lopez’s three starts, he has allowed only one run in 9 13 innings, for a 0.96 ERA. His fastball is showing in the upper 90s, which has helped him grab a staggering .156 batting average against. However, his command has not been crisp, as he has walked seven batters. A silver lining for Lopez in this start would be for him to pound the strike zone and avoid walks.
  • This will be Yu Darvish’s third spring start with the Chicago Cubs. Darvish has been hit hard in his four games against the White Sox, with a 4.97 ERA and six home runs allowed (three coming in a game last season, when Darvish was with the Los Angeles Dodgers).
  • Nicky Delmonico is back! Before his injury, he was hitting .263 without any home runs. It is spring, but hopefully the left fielder can bring back the power he showed last season, when he was on a 162-game pace to hit 34 home runs.
  • Robbie Ross was a late addition for the Sox this spring, but he has pitched well. In 3 23 innings he has not allowed a run or a walk, and has struck out four batters. The end of the bullpen is still a wide-open competition, and Ross has pitched himself into the conversation.

After last night’s, well, let’s just call it a spring training rest-day lineup, what figures to be the Opening Day lineup is back.

Meanwhile, the Cubs, with a lineup that’s normally labeled, are split between regulars and depth.

Here are the pitchers for the Sox today: