White Sox Reach 500! Then Fall Right Back Below it Again!

Since the horrific 11-22 start, the Chicago White Sox have been playing about .600 baseball. Keep up that winning percentage, and they’re projected for 86-88 wins, certainly enough to win a weak division like the AL Central. And here’s another reason to be optimistic- the past weekend they finally conquered a hurdle that they had been tripping over repeatedly these past couple months. Every time they get to two games under .500, they lose. They keep winning enough to get back there, only to stumble again.

And in their continued mastery of the Chicago Cubs, winning yet another series over their north-side windy city brethren, they not only reached 1 game below .500, but even-Stephen .500 winning percentage itself at 42-42 on Saturday, a 31-20 “run propelled them to this point.” Yes, that phrase does produce a little chuckle. Like people who love Jimmy Buffett’s music probably often say “hooray for mediocrity!” (Sorry Parrotheads, it was too fun to pass up).

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Cubs, White Sox Rivalry Known by many Names over the Years

 Today, it’s called the BP Crosstown Cup (it’s official name), BP Crosstown Classic, or The Windy City Showdown. It’s also been called the Red Line Series, City Series, Crosstown Series, Crosstown Cup, Gatorade Windy City Classic, Busch Crosstown Classic or Crosstown Showdown

In other words, the Chicago Cubs vs Chicago White Sox rivalry has a had a lot of names. But throughout it all, the White Sox seem to keep getting the best of the Cubs. The Cubbies won today, but they lost the 2011 edition of the series. The all time series stands in favor of the Sox 49-41, 45-39 in the regular season. The Southside also has a 400-376 run differential all time. And they won the meeting which mattered the most by far, the 1906 World Series.

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Chicago Cubs: BP Crosstown Cup Preview with Andre Dawson

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As the city gears up for the second round of the BP Crosstown Cup, both teams are unfortunately below .500 currently. In the summer of 2011, the Chicago intra-city series will be more about bragging rights than ever for Cubs fans. As their fans know all too well, the Cubbies are buried in fifth place in the NL Central, 12 games out with a record of 32-48.

This holiday weekend gives the Cubs a chance to even the score from round one of the red line series last week, when the White Sox took two out of three at U.S. Cellular Field.

This time, the Cubs have home field advantage, but it may not be enough to make a difference versus a Sox team that has owned the NL in inter-league play.

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Chicago White Sox: BP Crosstown Cup Preview with Ron Kittle

As the city gears up for the second round of the BP Crosstown Cup, both teams are unfortunately enter the series below .500. In the summer of 2011, the Chicago intra-city series will be more about bragging rights than ever, unless the White Sox can get over the hump and win the AL Central.

They’re in striking distance for first place, unlike the Cubs, who have absolutely no shot at the postseason.

Since the horrific 11-22 start, the White Sox have been playing about .600 baseball. Keep up that winning percentage, and they’re projected for 86-88 wins, certainly enough to win a weak division like the AL Central. But here’s a reason not to be optimistic- they seem to be tripping over the same hurdle over and over again these past couple months. Every time they get to two games under .500, they lose. They keep winning enough to get back there, only to stumble again.

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