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Gamethread: Cubs at White Sox

Will the North or South side be victorious this series?

VISITOR v Chicago White Sox
Although another win would be more than ideal, at least we took back possession of the Crosstown Cup this year!
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What an interesting last two games it’s been, right? I would expect the same today, as the Chicago White Sox take on the crosstown rival Chicago Cubs for one last game. Although we already do have the Crosstown Cup in our clubhouse, it would still be nice to take the win because in all honesty, I don’t think any of us want to hear Cubs fans talk at all. Going from 17 runs in a game to zero in the next is kind of a large jump, so we will see what today brings because, baseball.

We will get to see Mr. August in action, along with Dylan Cease on the bump. Cease owns a 3.92 ERA and has had some great starts as of recently. His last outing against the Toronto Blue Jays was successful, as he went seven innings while allowing just four hits, one run, and seven strikeouts. He has also pitched against his former team earlier this month at Wrigley Field, where he went five innings while allowing three hits and striking out 10.

Kyle Hendricks will take the mound for the North Siders, who had a decent outing himself last time out against the White Sox, going six innings while allowing seven hits and two runs.

Here are the lineups for today:

César Hernández will lead it off as Tim Anderson gets the day off. Tony La Russa says Anderson’s off day was partially planned and partially due to his ongoing leg soreness. Luis Robert, José Abreu, and Eloy Jiménez will be playing, though, while Yoán Moncada gets the day off with Jake Lamb at third base. Yasmani Grandal is back behind the plate, while Andrew Vaughn, Brian Goodwin, and Leury García close it out.

Game time is at 1:10 p.m. CT on NBCSCHI and you can listen in at ESPN1000.

Whether you’ve been to the games or just seen the action on TV, what has been your favorite part of this year’s Crosstown Cup? It has been an exciting five games so far, so there may be multiple answers.