Cubs @ White Sox Series Preview: (9/25-9/27)

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We've reached the final series of the 2020 regular season. When this crazy COVID season began it was unclear that would happen. Also the Cubs made the playoffs, so that is great news.

Chicago has been unable to clinch the NL Central due to a prolonged offensive slump. Scoring three runs in three games against the lowly Pirates is not great. The Cubs look to spark the bats on the South Side with three games at the White Sox.

The Sox took the AL Central by storm, but pitching issues have led to a 3-7 skid. They are in the playoffs, however they now are a game behind the Twins for first. Tim Anderson and MVP-Candidate Jose Abreu are having monster years.

The Cubs need to get in gear here, the playoffs start Wednesday. If they hit like they have been it will be a short stay.

Watch/Listen

Friday: 7:10 PM CT on ESPN2/Marquee/670AM

Saturday: 6:10 PM CT on Marquee/670AM

Sunday: 2:05 PM CT on TBS/Marquee/670AM

Lineups

Cubs

1. Ian Happ (S) CF
2. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Jason Heyward (L) RF
5. Javier Baez (R) SS
6. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
8. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B
9. Nico Hoerner (R) 3B
White Sox
1. Tim Anderson (R) SS
2. Yoan Moncada (S) 3B
4. Jose Abreu (R) 1B
6. Nomar Mazara (L) RF
7. Luis Robert (R) CF
8. Adam Engel (R) LF
9. Nick Madrigal (R) 2B
Starting Pitchers
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Via mlb.com

Bullpen Usage

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  • Cubs laid off 25% of their business employees, concerned about next seasons income because of Covid, according to abc 7 news.

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    In reply to Squareburgers:

    That's a shame, and of course after laying off a number of the scouts and scouting department.
    As for tonight, is Bote hurt? I like Nico a lot but don't think he has the arm to play 3rd.
    Can we score any runs, and can we at least score first?

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Whatever kept Bote to limited time before the KB injury apparently flared up. Haven’t seen what that is but they recalled Wisdom from SB as an infield sub. Martinez sent back to SB.

    Also saw that Q will be in the bullpen this series and Alzolay will start Sunday. Cards also down 3-0 after four innings in first game.

  • In reply to stix:

    We could use some help from Milwaukee. Go Brewers!

  • In reply to Denizen Kane:

    Definitely could use some help but the Cubs go nowhere in the playoffs whomever they play with the current robust offense. Need to start scoring 5 runs a game.

  • A couple weeks ago when the White Sox were rolling and looking like they'd win the AL Central, I thought that's good for the Cubs because maybe the White Sox will rest players and get ready for the playoffs during this series. But now with the Sox recent poor play, they will be wanting to win all 3 of these games and win their division. Minnesota plays the Reds, so there's another series that matters quite a bit to both those teams too. I'm really looking at this series as the start to the playoffs. Can the slumping Cubs beat take at least 2 of 3 from the slumping White Sox?

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    They are both in the playoffs so I look at these 3 games as a tune up for the opening round. Win or lose, the Cubs needs to get their bats going, use these 3 pointless games to do just that.

  • In reply to Squareburgers:

    Both teams are playing for home field advantage whatever that’s worth.

    Brewers win game 1 but used both of their top relievers for over 20 pitches.

  • In reply to Squareburgers:

    So it seems you'd be okay with the Cubs dropping to a 5 seed and playing the Padres in the first round on the road? I'm not okay with that. It will be hard enough for the Cubs to win a 3 game series against the Marlins at Wrigley. That same situation is playing out in the AL Central, both the Twins and ChiSox fighting it out to win the division and a better first round matchup.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Can’t avoid the good teams forever.

  • Way too late to send Baez, Contraras, and Schwarber to the minors for batting instruction. Baez and Contraras are good only for defence so have them bat 8&9 and send Mayben to LF. Maybe the top and middle of the order can score runs or at least try. I think they want to win.

  • In reply to Charly9415:

    All 3 just happened to hit HR after your post. Keep it up!!!

  • In reply to stix:

    I had a weird dream last night. The big three hitting 4 HOMERUNS & Javy looked great as a SH. When I woke up, confused as ever, i then realized it must have been BP!

  • In reply to Charly9415:

    What's a "SH"?

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    SH is Switch hitter. Javy can do it all (or nothing at all)!

  • In reply to Charly9415:

    Oh ok, thanks. Maybe he should become a switch hitter full time. He has a nice looking swing left handed.

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    the playoffs start tonight. As someone said, they're playing for home field advantage--and look at how Hendricks has pitched at Wrigley and away from it. We get to see what the Sox got from us for Q and last time Eloy showed us plenty. Our guys have the talent but haven't done diddley (for all those Bo fans) all year. There's no reason they should start now, but no reason not too.
    Cease is good but prone to be wild so take the pitches and get on base.
    Milw beat StL in the first game--if StL loses and we win we clinch the division.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Well stated. This is essentially playoffs.

    Time to step up.

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    What the Cubs are doing to Cease reminds me of what Jordan and Pippin did to Tony Kukoc did in the Olympics.
    We’ll show you young’un what the NBA/MLB is all about.

  • We’ve all lived through too many years of this to believe that this remnant of 2016 is going to continue to be our savior.

    It’s not. It’s time to sell it all and rebuild again.

    Tom rickets has a bucket load of money and he needs to spend it all on this ballclub and finally build a team that lasts for a dynasty.

    Anything short of that, you can take your Wrigley renovations, high priced cocktail private lounges buried deep underneath the Wrigley, and your new marquee network revenues and shove it all up your ass.

    OMG, shut up Skidoo. We just won 10 zip, against ........OMG.... THE WHITE SOX!

    I don’t care about anybody’s feelings about this year because this year doesn’t really matter.

    And next year everybody’s going to be so much older that they’ll be half their worth now.

    Honestly, how long do we expect the 2016 team to return us to greatness, when they haven’t already after four years?

    Sigh.

  • Cubs win! StL split a DH vs. MIL. ATL won. A Double Dip for the division Magic Number, and the 2nd seed is officially out of reach. There in only one Number left, and that is 1.

    Any Cubs win or StL loss gives the Cubs the Central Division crown and the 3rd seed in the playoffs, vs. the worst 2nd place team.

  • I have to be a contrarian here. I think tonight's victory is a disaster for the Cubs. They hammered a rookie pitcher with a 6.35 FIP, so what did they learn in the process--"swing hard and good things will happen". This approach will clearly not work in the playoffs, because they won't be seeing many (if any) 6.35 FIP pitchers. Depending on the Sox pitcher on Saturday, I would predict high K and low runs for the Cubs.

  • In reply to wthomson:

    Idk, at this point I think the Cubs would probably do better to stick with what has brought them here. They have beat and worn down some top pitchers as well. Their resilience on the three outcome game has rendered them hot or cold. When the Cubs are are hot and hitting homeruns they can and will beat anybody. It's extremely frustrating to watch sometimes, but they can get hot for a month at a time or more. I'm not sure that most can pull of a new approach on a dime anyway. This group has won several close low scoring games this year and have come through in 'must win' times. It's not hopeless, but it's a odd season.

  • Saturday the Cubs face Dane Dunning, a rookie with a 3.37 FIP. He has generated 26% K and 7.9% BB this year. Could be a challenging day for the Cub offense.

  • Couldn’t agree more. Not drinking the Kool Aid after 3 previous seasons of swing and miss.

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