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Ballantini: White Sox-Cubs all-time series notes

Ballantini: White Sox-Cubs all-time series notes

Saturday, June 26, 2010
Updated at 5:02 p.m.

By Brett Ballantini
CSNChicago.com

CHICAGO With rare exception, the Chicago White Sox have dominated the Chicago Cubs in crosstown play, dating back to 107 years to 1903, with an overall record of 171-121-8 all-time in 67 years worth of competition. Here are some facts and figures from crosstown history:

City Series (1903-42)
The City Series represents the most competitive games ever played between the two teams. Held concurrent with the World Series, the best-of-seven series was Chicagos own World Series, played for city bragging rights. Teams often gave out solid bonuses to players (sometimes bigger than that of the World Series itself), as the games were well-attended; this was a time when 500 meant a ton to the average player.
To that end, the very first City Series was marred by accusations of games thrown. Cubs pitcher Jack Taylor won his first City Series start, but lost the last three (the series finished in a 7-7 tie); subsequent accusations that he laid down for side money precipitated a trade to the St. Louis Cardinals. As a result, the Cubs refused to play the 1904 series.
The White Sox won the 1912 City Series, 4-3, amid similar accusations, that the Cubswho were up 3-0 before losing four straightlaid down in protest of unpopular manager Frank Chance.
In 1914, the White Sox won the City Series 4-3 after losing three of the first four games.
The 1924 City Series were the first games ever broadcast on local radio.
In 1925, a City Series won by the Cubs in five games, the opening game of the series was a 19-inning tie.
In 1927, the Cubs refused to play the City Series, purportedly because the White Sox were cheering for them to lose the NL pennant (the North Siders finished 8.5 games out) in order to earn some City Series money.
In 1934, Cubs owner William Wrigley thought the Cubs were laying down in order to earn the higher receipts of City Series play, and refused to play the White Sox.
In the very next season (1936), the White Sox swept the Cubs in the City Series and so infuriated Wrigley that he cut some players salaries and ordered all of his Cubs players placed on the trading block.
The White Sox were 91-60-3 in City Series games and captured 19 of 25 series overall (the teams tied in the first years, 1903).

Boys Benefit Game (1949-72)
With the City Series scuttled by World War II, the White Sox struck the series back up with a single-game exhibition to benefit youth baseball.
Although all but two of the games were played at Comiskey Park, the Cubs were 13-10 in the series.
A White Sox vs. Cubs-best 52,712 came to the June 25, 1964 game at Comiskey Park, won by the Pale Hose, 11-1. Fans were allowed to stand in the outfield during that game.

Mayors Series (1981)
Chicago mayor Jane Byrne proposed a revival of meetings between the two teams. August 7s game at Comiskey Park was a scoreless tie, while the next day the Cubs knocked off the White Sox, 4-3.

Exhibition Play (1982)
In 1982, both the crosstown exhibition games scheduled were cancelled...because of snow.

Windy CityCrosstown Classic (1985-94)
One-game sets were agreed upon to benefit team charities. The White Sox went 8-0-2 in these games, which alternated between Comiskey Park and Wrigley Field.
In the April 17, 1994 game at Wrigley Field, Michael Jordan started in right field for the White Sox and went two-of-four with two RBI in the 4-4 tie.

Tribune Twinbill (1995)
The Chicago Tribune sponsored a home-and-home series before the labor-delayed start of the 1995 season. Its holding didnt fare so well, as the Cubs lost to the White Sox 6-3 on April 24 at Comiskey Park and 6-2 on April 25 at Wrigley Field.

Spring Training (1998-present)
The White Sox hold a 22-16-2 edge in spring training play vs. the Cubs.

Interleague Play (1997-present)
Since official interleague play started in 1997, the White Sox lead the series 39-36, outscoring the Cubs, 367-348.
The White Sox have won the last nine of 12 games in the series and 10 of the last 15 series overall.
The White Sox have never won more than four games in the season series.
The longest winning streak in interleague play has been the Cubs, with a six-game streak in 2007-08.
Three of Paul Konerkos 23 multi-homer games have come vs. the Cubs.
The White Sox have won three of five extra-inning games in interleague play, all of which came between 1998 and 2001.
Mark Buehrle has five wins vs. the Cubs, more than any other White Sox pitcher. Buehrles career interleague record is 23-6, giving him more interleague wins than any other pitcher. However, hes just 5-4 vs. the Cubs, making him 18-2 vs. all other National League clubs.
Ozzie Guillen's career record in interleague play vs. the Cubs: 2-for-11 with one run, one double, a walk and a K.

Interleague Records
Konerko leads in most White Sox offensive categories, including games (56), runs (28), homers (14), hits (60) and RBI (41). Scott Podsednik leads the series with nine steals, Sandy Alomar Jr. with a .450 average (Carlos Quentin leads active Sox at .368) and Frank Thomas with 23 walks.
On the pitching side, Buehrle leads in wins (five) and losses (four), starts (12), strikeouts (57) and innings (79.1). Freddy Garcia has an amazing 0.41 ERA vs. the Cubs, Keith Foulke leads with 17 appearances and Bobby Jenks has four saves.

Brett Ballantini is CSNChicago.com's White Sox Insider. Follow him @CSNChi_Beatnik on Twitter for up-to-the-minute White Sox information.

Dylan Covey attempting to right the ship via mechanics and mentality

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Dylan Covey attempting to right the ship via mechanics and mentality

It was only a couple of months ago that Dylan Covey had an earned-run average of 2.22 and was being touted as a possible future stalwart in the White Sox rotation.

Fast forward to the present, when the 27-year-old right-hander is sitting on a four-game losing skid and sports a 6.06 ERA.

So what happened?

Location, location, location.

Covey has struggled to keep the ball down in the zone and has paid the price as hitters are teeing off on the high offerings.

“I just kind of got away from trying to keep the ball down in the zone and have that be my main focus,” Covey said. “Sometimes when I’m up in the zone I’m trying to be up there, but I need to get back to my bread and butter, which is pretty much being down in the zone with everything.”

The issues have been a combination of mechanics and mentality, according to Covey.

“Having good mechanics will lead to getting the ball down into the zone but more so it’s having the focus be down in the zone,” he said.

Covey’s next attempt to right the ship will be Saturday when he’s scheduled to pitch against the Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field. Despite his struggles, which include a 1-6 record and 7.71 ERA in his last seven starts, manager Rick Renteria has continued to give Covey the ball.

“I’ve kind of been given the luxury to have a couple of opportunities and I appreciate that,” Covey said. “They see me work and they see the stuff that I have. When I can harness it and get control of it, it can be pretty good.”

Renteria said the Sox are “confident and hopeful” that Covey can turn things around.

“In real terms, he’s the one that's got to do it,” Renteria added. “He’s worked and gained a lot of experience and knowledge and had some successes this year that I think will bode well for him. Getting it down, for him is really, really important because the ball has a lot of tremendous action below the zone. We need him to do that in order to be effective and we believe he will continue to progress in that regard.”

Covey said that a stretch from May 23-June 13 when he went 4-0 with a 1.53 ERA gave him the confidence he needs to get through this difficult stretch.

“I’ve seen it this year--I’ve had the success,” Covey said. “When things are working for me I know I can be a really good pitcher. I just need to limit the mistakes and then learn to make an adjustment sooner rather than later.”

With about six weeks remaining in the Sox’s season, Covey plans to use his opportunities on the mound to secure a place on the 2019 roster.

“That’s where a lot of guys on this team are,” Covey said. “Obviously, we want to win games right now but for me, I want to finish this season strong and get some momentum going into next year and leave off on a good note. Just to have that feeling of, ‘OK, this is what I did last year and how I finished and let’s just carry on from there and pick it up from where I left off.’”

Suspended catcher Welington Castillo working his way back to White Sox with minor league rehab stint

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Suspended catcher Welington Castillo working his way back to White Sox with minor league rehab stint

With about a week until the end of his 80-game suspension, Welington Castillo his making his way back to the White Sox.

The veteran catcher joined Triple-A Charlotte for a rehab assignment Friday, in the Knights' lineup for their afternoon game.

Castillo has been serving his suspension since May 24, when Major League Baseball handed down its punishment for his testing positive for a banned substance. He's eligible to return Aug. 23, just nine days before rosters expand.

The White Sox added Castillo over the offseason after he had career years offensively and defensively with the Baltimore Orioles during the 2017 season. The hope was he could provide a veteran presence and help out with the development of the team's young pitching staff — and of course that his bat could help bolster the team's everyday lineup. A two-year contract with an option for a third meant that if all went well, Castillo could be around for the start of the team's transition from rebuilding to contending, a sort of bridge to top catching prospect Zack Collins.

Things obviously did not work out as planned, and Castillo has missed months of time working with the pitchers while he's served his suspension.

Still, his return will perhaps be a welcome help to young pitchers still learning how to succeed against major league lineups, guys like Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez, who have had inconsistent first full campaigns in the big leagues — not to mention any young pitchers who might be called up from the minor leagues over the season's final month and a half.

As for the team's catching situation, Omar Narvaez has done very well at the plate since taking over as the starting catcher when Castillo was suspended. Since the beginning of June, Narvaez is slashing .356/.433/.559, and his season batting average of .282 is one of the highest on the team. Kevan Smith, the No. 2 catcher, is hitting .283 on the season. Castillo will return with a .267/.309/.466 slash line in 33 games he played in before being suspended.