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Chi Baseball: Who will Go All the Way?

A Teen Prediction

Will the Cubs or the White Sox make it to the playoffs? / Photo: NBC Chicago

It’s once again time to be taken out to the ballgame. Both of Chicago’s baseball teams are eager to make it back to the postseason. The Cubs are looking to head back for the first time since the 2020 season, and the White Sox are looking to play October baseball for the first time since 2021.

The Chicago Cubs finished last season in third place in the National League Central Division with a record of 74-88. While it was an improvement from the 2021 team’s record of 71-91, it was still no playoffs once again for the North Side. However, they did finish the season on a high note, going 39-31 after the All-Star break. This offseason, the Cubs added to their team with several new and talented players to help the team head back to playoff baseball. They lost All-Star catcher Willson Contreras to the St. Louis Cardinals, but their biggest prize in the offseason was shortstop Dansby Swanson, who was signed to a seven-year contract worth $177M. Other signings include outfielder Cody Bellinger, relief pitcher Brad Boxberger, starting pitcher Jameson Taillon, and first baseman Eric Hosmer.

Currently (as of April 14th) the Cubs find themselves with a 6-5 record, good for third place in the NL Central, but they’re only 1.5 games out of first place, and they currently hold a wild card playoff spot.

Meanwhile on the other side of town, the White Sox find themselves reeling after a disappointing season on the South Side. Once thought of as World Series contenders before last season, they finished with a record of 81-81, good for second place in the American League Central Division. While they did earn second place in the division, their record was not good enough to qualify for playoff baseball. On the contrary to what the Cubs did this offseason, the White Sox made very few major moves in the offseason to get better. They lost All-Star first baseman Jose Abreu to the Houston Astros, and they signed outfielder Andrew Benintendi to a five-year, $75M contract, as well as starting pitcher Mike Clevinger to a one-year, $12M contract. The Sox are hoping that’s all they need to get to the postseason.

As of April 13, the White Sox find themselves with a 5-8 record, good for 3rd in the AL Central. They are 3.5 games away from first place.

Personally, I think the Cubs will fight for a playoff spot this year, and I think that they get one in the form of a wild card berth. Meanwhile, it will once again be a disappointing season on the South Side, as I believe that the White Sox will ultimately miss the playoffs.

What do you think? Do you agree? Or do you think neither of these teams will make it? Let me know!

 

By Jermale Dabney, Sophomore, Lindblom Math and Science Academy

Instagram: @jermale_d

 

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Written by Jermale Dabney

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