2011 Chicago Baseball as Horribly Atrocious as 2011 Chicago Weather

Any time anyone from my hometown talks about how Chicago is the greatest city in the world, the first dissenting retort you’ll hear is “but what about those long, harsh, brutal winters?”

Fair point, especially since we’ve had a whooping three days of 70+ degrees in 2011. (’09 had 11 by this point, last year had 14, the average is ten), and even though it’s Cinco de Mayo, this week felt an awful lot like winter at times.

The other main negative stereotype against Chicago (surprisingly, it’s not the obesity rate, people usually save the fat jokes for Milwaukee first, and Houston second) is it’s pathetic track record in MLB history.

Prior to the 2005 World Series win by the Chicago White Sox, the Chicago Cubs combined with the Sox to produce an incredible 176 seasons without a title. What follows is some numbers that redefine the ugly, the uglier and the hideous. Or as you can call it in 2011, the Cubs, the local forecast and the White Sox.

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White Sox Winning by Out-Bludgeoning Opposition

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After their 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday afternoon, the Chicago White Sox pushed their record to 5-3. There are still plenty of questions about this year’s White Sox team but one thing is for sure: they can score runs.

As of now they are leading the MLB in runs scored and are third in batting average. However, it’s troubling how they’re giving up plenty of runs as well. On Opening Day, the Sox looked magnificent at the plate, jumping out to a 14-0 lead over the Cleveland Indians.

Mark Buehrle cruised through five innings of shutout ball but then gave up four runs in the 6th. When all was said and done, the White Sox came out a winner, 15-10. That’s not exactly the ideal way to win. Yet, that’s the way Ozzie Guillen and his Sox are going to get the job done this year (for the most part) and fans better hope that method can carry them all the way to the Fall Classic.

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