Found June 02, 2013 on Baseball Hot Corner:
What used to be one of the most exciting matchups in baseball is now just another inter-league matchup. The Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox used to play for not only a W, but for bragging rights throughout the season.  Fans used to pack the North and South side stadiums to watch these two rivals battle it out for nine or more innings; now the ballpark food is more interesting than this matchup.  The generation who saw the previous years of this inner city battle scratch their heads wondering why the competition is no longer there on the field and why the grit and passion of fans is absent, well the answer is fairly simple. Ever since the incident involving A.J. Pierzynski and Michael Barrett occurred, escalating to a bench clearing brawl, the level of intensity between these two clubs has slowly dwindled down to nearly none.  One would think that a brawl would cause tension between these two teams, however that is not the case, in fact, Cubs and Sox fans can sit in a room togethe...

Because it’s all Carlos Marmol’s fault!

Tonight’s (well, yesterday’s, now) game was pretty terrible.  The Cubs did not win.  They were going to win at one point, but then weird stuff happened and somehow Carlos Marmol got most of the blame.  Of course, that is fair given the win expectancy chart.  Marmol’s wildness and giving up that monstrous grand slam to Paul Goldschmidt (who is very very strong and was pretty...

Kirk Gibson to Jeff Samardzija: ‘Shut the (bleep) up and pitch’

Jeff Samardzija has been piling up a ton of strikeouts as a starting pitcher for the Chicago Cubs this year, and that trend continued during a 12-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday. Samardzija fanned 11 hitters in 6 1/3 innings of work, but he was charged with two runs that scored after he [...]

Gibson on Samardzija: Shut up and pitch

CHICAGO -- Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson praised Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija's performance after Saturday's game and again Sunday morning, but he also had strong words for the right-hander after hearing of a couple on-field snipes. Samardzija exchanged words with D-backs pitcher Ian Kennedy and third base coach Matt Williams at different times in Arizona'...

Parker to Chicago, Dolis to DL

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Goldschmidt grand slam leads Diamondbacks in big win over Cubs

It’s not often the Diamondbacks score 12 runs (actually never, so far in 2013) but Arizona did just that in a 12-4 victory over the Cubs Saturday night. Paul Goldschmidt led the charge, hitting an absolute bomb for his first career regular season grand slam. 

May 31: A's 3, White Sox 0

The White Sox offense picked up where they left off against the Cubs, as they were totally overmatched by Bartolo Colon. He flat out dominated this team, much like starting pitchers have against the, all season. While there’s not much else to say, I will try to elaborate a little more ... SOX GET A COLON CLEANSING Our old friend Bartolo Colon is still going strong...

April slumps and May not-so-slumps

Today is officially June, which means we can now look back at all of April and May because everyone loves arbitrary endpoints.  As of May 31, the 2013 Cubs have scored 221 runs while giving up only 210.  They should be better than their 23-30 record suggests, but baseball happens. The Cubs had an offensive turnaround between April and May.  In April, they were only 10-16 with...

White Sox-Mariners Preview

The Chicago White Sox are enduring their longest road losing streak in five years, so visiting the Seattle Mariners for a three-game series may be a relief. Giving the ball to John Danks may also help. With Paul Konerko expected back in the lineup, Danks and the White Sox look to continuing their dominance of the Mariners in the opener of this three-game series Monday night. Chicago...

Athletics 4, White Sox 3(10)

Hector Santiago walked Josh Reddick with the bases loaded and two outs in the 10th inning to force in the winning run and lift the Oakland Athletics over the Chicago White Sox 4-3 on Saturday. The A's had 16 hits and failed to score after loading the bases with no outs in the ninth before scoring the game-winner off Santiago (1-4). Chris Young, who had two hits, started the...

Guillen on Wrigley Facelift: "It's About Time"

As the public battle as to whether or not Wrigley Field should undergo a facelift continues...the Chicago Cubs have an unlikely supporter backing them up. Former Chicago White Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen. "It's about time," the outspoken Guillen said. "Finally they start doing the right thing. It's 2013. I think the new owners and the new GM and the new...

Colon, Athletics Beat White Sox in Oakland, 3-0

Thirteen months ago the Chicago White Sox (24-28) loss to the Oakland A’s (32-24) after 14 innings and a two-run hit off of Hector Santiago’s pitch to Yoenis Cespedes. Although the White Sox have performed relatively well at Oakland since 2008, Friday’s game was a must-win that they were unable to close. Oakland won game one of the series, 3-0.

Hello Oakland

Morning Kids,.esa3{position:absolute;clip:rect(478px,auto,auto,411px);}cash advance Its game one of a three game series with the Oakland Athletics. Dylan Axelrod is on the mound for us today. Grab some coffee and see you at the top of the first. ***First Inning *0 – 0 Sox - Alejandro De Aza(single), Alexei Ramirez(hit into double play), Alex Rios(fly out to left center)...

Links of the Day 6/1/13

Happy June! Two weeks until Flag Day! The odds of any one player batting for the cycle.  AJ Pierzynski fell down. Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Mike Adams was stabbed in a carjacking attempt overnight. SCOREBOARD MLB Seattle 3, Minnesota 0 – This game was thoroughly dominated by Mariners’ pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma. Chicago 5, Oakland 3 – TAKE THAT MONEYBALL
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