Cubs, White Sox heading different directions as trade deadline nears

Tuesday brings a renewal of the annual Crosstown Classic series chicago cubs And chicago white sox

as the two-game set sees cub Visit Guaranteed Rate Field, the proverbial fortunes of the North Siders have been pointing north lately – while the South Siders have been heading south

cub ended their 10-game homestand by the All-Star break with three consecutive wins against the St. Louis Cardinals. St. Louis Cardinals ended the run at 6–4. cub Enter Week 6 1/2 games behind the National League Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers as they begin a 12-game span of their next 19 games on the road.

vaulted a five-run third inning cub won 7–2 on Sunday afternoon. This is the seventh time a team has scored at least five runs during a homestand.

“I think you’re starting to see somewhat of the best version of us,” cub manager David Ross said. “The offense has picked it up lately, pitching up, which I think is what got us there early in the season. The bullpen has figured out a few things at times. We’re playing just fine.

Center fielder Cody Bellinger has been a big part of the turnaround. Bellinger hit a two-run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals. Lewis is batting .436 on Sunday and in the second half with five homers and 15 RBI.

while it is widely expected white sox Next August there will be sellers. 1 trade deadline, Bellinger’s bat boosts organizational optimism cub Can return to the playoff race

white sox Started a nine-game road trip with promise after taking a series from the Atlanta Braves, but lost five of the next six to fall 19 games below .500.

Chicago missed a game-saving chance at the AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins on Sunday, blowing a 3-0 lead in the ninth inning before losing 5-4 in 12 innings.

The team also faltered on Saturday after taking an early lead in a 3-2 loss at Minnesota. Chicago went 3 for 23 with runners in scoring position in the final two games of the series.

“It’s not going to cut it in a big league game,” white sox said manager Pedro Grifol. “I know it’s tough to hit. We put ourselves in a good position to win (Sunday’s) game. But just like we’ve got to win it on the pitching end, we can’t blow it on the hitting end.

Oscar Collas collects three hits for this white sox on Sunday, while Tim Anderson, Eloy Jimenez and Zach Remillard had two each. Jimenez has played through pain in his left groin, but Grifol said he is unlikely to rest him as the team will be without Andrew Vaughan, who has missed the last four games with a bone injury in his left foot.

cub Will send right-hander Kyle Hendricks (3-4, 3.38 ERA) to the mound. white sox counterpart Michael Kopech (4-8, 4.29)

Hendricks, 0-1 with a 4.43 ERA in four July starts, has struggled against white soxgoing 1-6 with a 4.83 ERA in 11 career starts

Kopech has pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings against cub More than four appearances including one start. He is coming off a 6-2 win over the New York Mets on Thursday, when he pitched 5 2/3 innings of one-run, two-hit ball.

–Field Level Media

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