Tonight the Chicagos Cubs and White Sox began a three game set at Wrigley Field, with veterans Dallas Keuchel and Jon Lester taking the mound. How did it go?
The Sox hit home runs like Chicagoans vote, early and often. They finished with six for the night en route to a 10-1 drubbing of the north siders.
Let’s get to this:
If you’re a Sox fan, you enjoyed the home runs and at least one night of bragging rights. Luis Robert went yard in his first Wrigley Field at bat, fellow Cubanos Yasmani Grandal and Jose Abreu also dented the bleachers, Abreu twice. And Eloy Jimenez once again reminded the Cubs that he was once their top prospect.
If you’re a Cub fan, at least the Blues’ Cup Defense ended.
If you’re a Sox fan, not a whole lot. Personally, I don’t think sending Keuchel out for the 8th inning was a terribly great idea, especially since other than Jimmy Cordero the entire bullpen was rested coming in. This is where you can let a middle innings guy eat a couple.
If you’re a Cub fan, Lester’s stinker, coming off a rough outing against Milwaukee, has to be concerning. Since he’s started losing velocity, he’s compensated by living on the edges of the strike zone. Tonight he was leaving everything out over the plate, and Sox hitters were happy to send those offerings to faraway places.
These games having to be played in an empty ballpark. It never matters where these teams are in the standings, there’s always a lot of energy among the fans (read: fights), but they’re lively affairs. Wear a damn mask so we can have fights in the ballpark again.
These teams lock up again tomorrow night. The Sox haven’t announced their starting pitcher yet, and Kyle Hendricks goes for the Cubs.