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Cubs, White Sox on the verge of making Chicago baseball history

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Cubs, White Sox on the verge of making Chicago baseball history

Chicago baseball is booming.

Sure, it's only two games into the 2016 season, but both the Cubs and White Sox are off to great starts, accomplishing something that hasn't happened in more than six decades.

The Cubs and White Sox have not started out the same season 2-0 since 1951, when Nellie Fox was just beginning his career and two seasons before Ernie Banks made his MLB debut. Hawk Harrelson was only nine years old the last time both Chicago baseball squads started out 2-0.

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Each team took a different path to their 2-0 start this season, with the Cubs dominating the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim while the Sox grinded out victories over the Oakland A's.

I mean, Cubs leadoff man Dexter Fowler had as many total bases as the entire Angels team - a roster that includes Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, two of the best hitters of this generation.

That's led to a historic run differential for the Cubs to open a season:

 

 

The Angels scraped out one run in the sixth inning Tuesday night, ensuring another piece of Cubs history would remain intact:

 

 

The White Sox, meanwhile, needed a late homer from Jimmy Rollins to overtake the A's Tuesday night.

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The Sox have received some solid starting pitching, however:

 

Baseball history has never seen the Cubs and Sox jump out to 3-0 records in the same season.

The last time the Cubs were 2-0 was 1995 and the last time they were 3-0 was 1988. The White Sox previously started out 2-0 in 2014, but haven't been 3-0 since 1992.

Due to a weird scheduling quirk, the White Sox are set to play Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon, while the Cubs are off until Thursday night in Arizona. That means the White Sox could conceivably be 4-0 before the Cubs even play their third game.

Either way, barring a weather delay/postponement, the Cubs and White Sox will never be 3-0 at the same point in time, even if they both accomplish that feat.

Is it too early to start thinking about a Cubs-White Sox World Series?

Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

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Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki discuss the comments Chili Davis made after being fired as Cubs hitting coach, ask if the Cubs struggles on offense were Davis' fault or the players and what Anthony Iapoce will be walking into as he tries to gets the team back on track a the plate.

 

Listen to the entire podcast here, or in the embedded player below:

 

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

The changing of the guard continues for the Cubs this offseason. 

After the team hired a new hitting coach yesterday, it was reported today that they're losing a front office member: 

Rehman, who has been with the Cubs in the same position for the last seven years, will reportedly head up the Rangers' analytics department. According to the Chicago Tribune, Rehman's role was " evaluating existing systems, and recognizing and applying solutions in an effort to create competitive advantages for the organization." 

All reports indicate that he'll be doing similar analytic-based work with the Rangers.