Chicago White Sox to face Chicago Cubs 6 times in 2015
May 6, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez (10) reacts as he scores in the twelfth inning in the game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
Unlike this season where the Crosstown Rivalry between the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs was played in May, the 2015 season gives this annual Interleague matchup the respect it deserves, and it will be played in what is considered “good baseball months.”
May 7, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (79) hits a double against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
This year, the White Sox and Cubs played each other from May 5-8 with the first two games at Wrigley Field and the final two at US Cellular Field.
If you watched a White Sox broadcast this season, when Ken Harrelson would get started on the scheduling by MLB this season, he didn’t like the fact that not only did these two rivals play in May, but on Monday-Thursday.
I agree with the anger and frustration with the way these games were scheduled this season, but I’m sure there was a reason.
Even though the White Sox won three of the four games against the Cubs (by scores of 3-1, 5-1, 8-3), it just didn’t have the big-game or important feel as the stands were empty and the weather wasn’t great.
The lone loss in the series for the White Sox came by a 12-5 score on Thursday, May 8.
Let’s face it, for both teams lately (or most seasons), this is the closest to what the fan bases have to a “playoff atmosphere,” and not having these games on a Friday-Saturday was just wrong.
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In ’15, both of the three-game series will be played on the weekend, with the July 10-12 games at Wrigley Field and the Aug. 14-16 at US Cellular.
Maybe with both teams having some good young players on their roster next season, maybe … just maybe the rivalry can get back the spark it currently lacks.
Also, let all hope the games in ’15 mean something in the standings, as both teams should be improved from the product they showed in ’14.
Thoughts on the better scheduling of White Sox-Cubs?