Before getting into the game, a few reviews of crosstown:
While we White Sox fans can blame Jerry Reinsdorf for his shortage, his arrogant decisions (TLR, anyone?) Bear cubs – from the absolutely vile patriarch to his sons not far from the tree (and that was before their ploy this week to turn Wrigley Field into just a backdrop for a screamer sports betting building) – Jerry is an absolute saint.
And while we may look down on Ken Williams and Rick Hahn for some of their stubborn decisions on how to make the squad today, compared to the alleged collection of geniuses running the Cubs, who not only let down the faces of their franchise and the heart of their team then blamed the players for wanting to get paid at market rate, but set up for all of these stars to become free agents at the same time, Ken and Rick are downright brilliant.
As for this series, the White Sox are solid favorites in all three games and, on paper, should sweep, but on paper they should have swept Kansas City and Cleveland as well, so all that paper is worth as much as the famous verbal ones. contracts are written.
At first glance, today’s game might look like a pitching duel. At second glance, however, unless the White Sox offense remains moribund, the duel could all be on one side … that is, the side that has Lance Lynn on the mound.
This is because while the Cubs are starting their ace, his aciness is somewhat called into question. Kyle Hendricks is a very solid 13-4, tied for the major league lead in wins, particularly excellent as he throws for a weak team, but he looks to be in luck. Hendricks’ 3.71 ERA, his worst since 2015, is fine, but he has a career-worst PIF of 4.67, by a very wide margin.
Hendricks is one of the main reasons why the phrase “shrewd right-hander” should be played more. He throws a pellet 40% of the time and changes 27.4% and his throws never approach 90 mph.
The White Sox lineup is very interesting, as Hendricks has normal platoon divisions, to the point that lefties hit him at a .290 clip, but the HOFBP sends as many right-handed people as they can including the top five. of the order. Maybe he wants it to be a pitching duel, with Lynn providing his best offense again.
Lynn, who would be leading the ERA majors if he wasn’t a few innings away from qualifying, will of course face a Cubs roster without Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant or Javy Báez, which sounds downright odd. Instead, the lineup is mostly made up of players that American League fans have never heard of.
Not having noticed that they had shipped the faces of their franchise, the Cubs have the cheapest seats available for just $ 109. Recognizing the reality, StubHub charges less than half that price for better seats.
The first throw is scheduled for 1:20 PM Central, with a 12 mph southwest wind, which means aiming for the scoreboard, so the dingers are on the radar. Usual suspects of dissemination.