Chicago: Baseball city

Chicago: Baseball city

Matt Belinson, Reporter

     Chicago and baseball usually mean failure and losing. Even though the White Sox won a championship in 2005, that was considered a blip. The White Sox and Cubs haven’t had a reason to celebrate in a long time. However, the last two seasons have give reasons why. A pool of talented young players, a win against the Cardinals in the playoffs, a Cy Young winning pitcher, a rookie of the year and a trip to the NLCS. 2016 is considered, their season to lose. The Cubs are favorites to win it all this year. And they have proven that prediction right so far. Currently, the Cubs are 28-10. With sweeps of the Nationals and Pirates, two of the top teams in the National League, fans are wondering if this is really happening.

The White Sox on the other hand have flown onto the scene with a startling 24-14 record. Fans of the south-siders were worried about the team being dysfunctional and not caring about the season after the controversy with Adam Laroche. Fans have been pleasantly surprised by the Sox’s winning nature. Atop the American League Central, the White Sox have seen great play from their number one pitcher, Chris Sale. He has a 1.67 ERA and he is the only pitcher in baseball with an 8-0 record as a starter this year. If this pace continues, the Sox will get rid of any of doubters.

     Chicago has been waiting for a long time to see two dominant baseball teams in the same year. Talent on these two teams can’t be questioned. Addison Russell, Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Todd Frazier, Chris Sale, Jose Abreu and Jake Arrieta all lead their respective teams If these two teams stay on this pace, a Chicago world series matchup is definitely a possibility.