Seeing as both starters have had relative success against either club, it would not be surprising to the series decided by the bullpen- which on paper Chicago decidedly has the top hand.
These tough pitching arms have been backed by excellent defense this season. The Southsiders have quietly been the the second best fielding team in the MLB.
Assuming Beckham avoids that whole April-June thing that happened last year, he’s an ideal No. 2 hitter. He has plus on-base skills and good power-exactly why he should hit second. Hopefully, he won’t have the bat disposed of his hands individuals to bunt-after all, isn’t one of Pierre’s greatest assets his base-stealing capabilities? If Beckham is permitted to swing away, the Sox lineup could have a much success.
McCray, 25, may to not have been in the Sox radar at the start of the season, but he can be off to 4-1 start with a merely two.30 ERA and 1.024 WHIP. He was originally drafted in the 34th round by the “Devil” Rays in 2006 out of high school, in the 50th every year later the particular Cardinals and ultimately signed with Chicago when he was eaten in the 16th in 2010 from the University of Tennessee.