It’s that time of year again for Chicago sports. . . or should I say, sport. With the MLB’s regular season in full-swing, there’s plenty of baseball news to go around while the rest of our teams are in the offseason. Lucky for us Chicagoans, we have two ball clubs to root for this summer, and we couldn’t be happier!
Baseball – A Tale Of Two Cities
Having two baseball teams in the same city is a blessing. Besides having twice the amount of games, peanuts, and cracker jacks, we also get the added bonus of a historic rivalry and all the fun that comes with it.
For the north siders: coming off a week where it seemed that everyone in the lineup was swinging for the fences, the Cubs soaked up a couple of losses to start the week. On the plus side, they were able to pick up a win in Houston before a weekend road trip to everyone’s favorite divisional rival: the St. Louis Cardinals. With no bias at all, we’re predicting a quick and easy sweep of the Cards. Also, for everyone holding their breath after a young fan was hit by a foul ball on Wednesday night: many sources indicate she is receiving care at a local hospital and that all initial signs are positive.
For the south siders: At this point, it seems like a coin flip on whether or not the good Sox or the bad Sox will take the field each night. Closing out last week, the White Sox were dominated by the Twins and ended up losing all three games in the series while being outscored 26-5. But what goes down, must come up apparently, as the White Sox found a way to sweep their series with the Royals to begin the week. We can only hope they will carry that momentum into the weekend when they host the Cleveland Indians. The road to .500 continues!
Upcoming schedules: CWS vs CLE – 6/1, 6/2; @ WSH – 6/4, 6/5 | CHC @ STL – 5/31, 6/1, 6/2; vs LAD – 6/3
Basketball – Awaiting The Draft
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We’re less than a month away from the NBA Draft and all Bulls fan can do – besides watch the Finals – is sit through the draft and trade rumors that come our way each day. As far as draft rumors go, many analysts still have the Bulls positioned to take Coby White or Cam Reddish, but some recent talks have thrown Jarret Culver into the mix. While none of those guys are Zion, they are all solid options with a ton of upside. Looking at trade rumors, the Houston Rockets announced that practically everyone but Harden is up for sale. Chris Paul is an old man in today’s NBA, but he still has a few more years left in the tank and years worth of experience to share with our young roster.
Upcoming schedule: NBA Draft – June 20th | 2019 NBA Summer League – July 5th thru July 15th
Football – The Mack Attack
The Chicago Bears continue their offseason workouts this week and host their next OTA session next week. In case that isn’t enough for you, Khalil Mack recently stated that he wants to be the best linebacker of all time. We’re all for that. After a full season of watching Mack tear it up with the Bears defense, we can’t imagine what him taking it to the next level will look like. The rest of the NFL should be scared. Other notable news includes the announcement of Trey Burton’s hernia surgery. This same injury is what kept him out of the Wild Card game against the Eagles. He’ll be ready to go come training camp.
Upcoming schedule: Future OTAs – 6/04-6/07 | 1st Preseason Game – August 8th
Hockey – New Signings
Happy belated birthday to Marcus Krüger!
Not a ton of major news surrounds the Blackhawks this offseason, so we’ll keep this short and sweet. Last week the Blackhawks signed Anton Wedin to a one-year deal and followed that up with signing Dominik Kubalik to a one-year deal as well. Both European forwards will battle it out for depth chart positioning come training camp.
Upcoming schedule: NHL Draft – June 21-22
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