Windy City Sports Report – 7/16/12

16 Jul

Hello everyone, Carlos here. I know I have not been reporting for a while, but I have been in the Bulls’ Witness Protection Program, lol. Been taking a beating for some time now but I survived. It helped that I hid all sharp objects from around the house.

Now that I am back, I will be writing a weekly article on all things that have to do with Chicago sports. There are more teams in the great city than just the Bulls and Bears.

On the south side, the White Sox are showing the league that they are a team to be reckoned with. After beating the Royals two out of three games, their record stands at 49-39, 3 ½ games ahead of the preseason favorites, Detroit Tigers. They also have the third best record in the American League.

Much of their success has to do with some of the acquisitions GM Kenny Williams has made. In 2009, he traded for Jake Peavy, who at first rejected a deal. Peavy subsequently got injured a couple of times and many questioned Williams’ move. This season, however, he has 7 wins, a 3.12 ERA, and 113 strikeouts in 127 innings. He is also an All Star.

In the offseason of 2010, Williams signed Adam Dunn to a big free agent contract. How did Dunn respond? He had the worst season of his career. Again, what was Williams thinking? This season he leads the majors in home runs with 28, and is third with 65 RBI.

The latest move that has made Williams look good happened on June 24th. He traded for Kevin Youkilis. Youkilis was struggling in Boston, but since coming over to Chicago, he has been on fire. In 3 months with the Red Sox, he hit .232 with 4 HR’s and 14 RBI. In just 3 weeks with the White Sox, he has hit .295 with 3 HR and 15 RBI, including 5 game winners.

This week the White Sox have some critical games. The circus will be in full effect starting Monday night when they travel to Boston for Youkilis’ return. After 4 games in Boston they travel to Detroit for a first place/second place showdown. We will see what the White Sox are made of when the tougher part of the schedule comes.

Over on the north side, things have been looking up after a dismal start. The Cubs were actually on pace for one of the worst records in history, when low and behold, they started winning. They started it in a similar way the White Sox did-they made a move.

On June 26th, the Cubs top minor league prospect, 1B Anthony Rizzo, was finally called up. In the 15 games since his call up, Rizzo has hit .356 with 4 HR’s and 10 RBI. The Cubs in that span are 11-4, and have gone from being in last place, 7 games behind the Houston Astros, to 3 ½ games ahead of them.

Their wheeling and dealing is not done yet. They have a few veterans that are not in the rebuilding plans so they will be active when the non-waiver trading deadline comes on July 31st. Alfonso Soriano, Matt Garza, and Ryan Dempster are some good players that are in high demand for playoff contenders.

This week, the Cubs have 3 games against the Miami Marlins and 3 games against the hated rivals St Louis Cardinals. Let’s see if the Cubs can keep the fire burning for another week.

With football training camp less than 10 days away, the Bears are looking to make some news. They have re-signed their RB Matt Forte to a 4yr $32 million contract. By doing so, they avoided a hold out and a situation that would have involved nothing but bad press.


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