One thing the White Sox can learn from each Chicago team

Vincent Parise
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 03: Patrick Sharp #10 of the Chicago Blackhawks holds up the Stanley Cup Trophy before the Chicago White Sox take on the Baltimore Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field on July 3, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 03: Patrick Sharp #10 of the Chicago Blackhawks holds up the Stanley Cup Trophy before the Chicago White Sox take on the Baltimore Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field on July 3, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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The Chicago Cubs are the other Major League Baseball team in the city. Baseball is the only sport with two teams in Chicago so the summers are a lot of fun between the two fanbases. It is only a rivalry because of the fans but neither team’s outcomes affect the other unless they are playing each other in the regular season. It is nothing more than two businesses in the eyes of each team’s front office.

The thing that the White Sox can learn from them is how important developing pitching is. The Cubs have been pretty awful at developing pitching over their run. Right now, they have Jon Lester, Yu Darvish, Jose Quintana, Kyle Hendricks, and Tyler Chatwood slated to be their starting five. Lester, Darvish, and Chatwood were acquired in free agency. Jose Quintana came over in a trade with the White Sox while Hendricks went to the Cubs in the Ryan Dempster trade. Hendricks only ever played for the Cubs so they deserve credit for him panning out but outside of him, everyone else came from the outside.

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Lucas Giolito, Dylan Cease, and Michael Kopech are in the same shoes as Hendricks. They were acquired in trades but the White Sox still had to develop them into MLB starters. It is so important to develop pitching and the White Sox need to be much better than the Cubs were in that department.

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