Jun 14, 2021 5 min read

Brooms at the top

Brooms at the top

Good morning, frents!

I doubted the Cubs when they said they were going to connect all 77 neighborhoods, but that was before I saw Sunday night's cup snake.

How long before one devours Clark the Cub to take its spot as the team's rightful mascot?

Sunday's results
Sox 4, Tigers 1
Cubs 2, Cardinals 0

Today's schedule
Cubs at Mets (6:10, Marquee/ESPN)
Rays at Sox (7:10, NBCSCH)

A double weekend sweep

What a weekend for our first-place ball teams.

The Cubs opened every seat at Wrigley, staged three electric parties at the corner of Clark and Addison and, oh yeah, swept the Cardinals with a 2-0 win on Sunday Night Baseball.

The Sox, meanwhile, shook off the Nick Madrigal injury news and went into Detroit to give the Tigers their expected paddling, a trip that culminated in a sweep-sealing 4-1 victory at Comerica Park.

In between:

  • Anthony Rizzo sending Wrigley up for grabs with a homer after a 14-pitch at-bat on Friday, a hit that quickly changed the conversation after his morning admission to Kap that he remains among the team's unvaccinated contingent. (A group Jason Heyward joined on Sunday night with some headscratching deflection.)
  • Liam Hendriks' memorable rant as the umpires tried to get Friday's game completed during a monsoon. (They failed.)
  • The Sox lineup posting 15 runs on Saturday, five of which came from the bat of new outfield addition Brian Goodwin, who doubled and homered in his first two at-bats with the team.
  • The Cubs hitting four homers on Saturday night, apparently earning this kid a new dog.
  • Carlos Rodon making a run at history, taking another no-hitter into the seventh inning before some bad umpiring.
  • And yes, a beer snake that kept Matt Vasgersian and A-Rod entertained for most of ESPN's Sunday Night Broadcast.

The Cubs own a five-game winning streak and are tied withe Milwaukee atop the NL Central while the Sox have won four straight and own a 5.5-game lead over Cleveland in the AL Central — the biggest division lead in baseball.

It's not going to get easier for either team, at least not in the short term. The 41-24 Sox are set to host the 42-24 Rays — the only team in baseball with a higher winning percentage, however slight — for a three-game series that starts tonight with an All-Star pitching showdown.

The Cubs, meanwhile, have four in Queens with the Mets and may not be able to dodge Jacob deGrom this time around. The Mets ace is scheduled to go on Wednesday if his right flexor tendinitis allows.

Tonight's pitching matchups
Jake Arrieta (5-6, 4.97) vs. David Peterson (1-5, 6.32)
Lance Lynn (7-1, 1.23) vs. Tyler Glasnow (5-2, 2.57)

Ten numbers that stand out right now

31-0 The Cubs record when entering the eighth inning with a lead. Craig Kimbrel hasn't given up as much as a hit in seven straight save appearances — the third such streak in his career.

65 homers in 65 games for the Sox this season. The team hit 96 in just 60 games last season, but the decreased firepower hasn't hurt production at all. The team's run totals are similar (328 to 306) as are the number of hits (538 to 534).

24 and 25 wins at home for the Cubs and Sox, the most in their respective leagues. But 14 of the Cubs' next 19 contests will come on the road — where they've gone 14-17.

24-12 The Sox record in the AL Central, which includes an 8-2 record against the Tigers with nine more left to play.

1.86 Zach Davies' ERA after giving up just 10 earned runs in nine starts since May 1, a run that included a scoreless 6 2/3 innings against the Cardinals on Sunday. He'd given up 20 ER during his first five starts in a Cubs uniform.

44-21 The expected record for the Sox, thanks to a run differential of +106. That's three games better than what they've been.

14 days it took the Cardinals to go from 30-23 and first-place in the National League to 32-33 and six games behind the Cubs and Brewers in the NL Central.

18 games before the All-Star break that the Sox will get to face Pittsburgh, Seattle, Minnesota, Detroit and Baltimore. The run starts after this week's dates against Tampa Bay and Houston.

10 games the Cubs have left with the Brewers this season with the next three coming in Milwaukee from June 28-30. They're 3-6 against the Crew this season.

53 days until the Cubs and Sox meet at Wrigley for their first game of the season.

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