Cubs visit the White Sox to start 2-game series
Chicago Cubs (18-26, third in the NL Central) vs. Chicago White Sox (22-22, second in the AL Central)
Chicago; Saturday, 7:15 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Cubs: Keegan Thompson (4-0, 1.54 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 31 strikeouts); White Sox: Johnny Cueto (0-0, .00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 12 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: White Sox -144, Cubs +122; over/under is 8 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: The Chicago White Sox begin a two-game series at home against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.
Chicago is 10-12 in home games and 22-22 overall. White Sox hitters are batting a collective .234, which ranks ninth in the AL.
Chicago is 18-26 overall and 11-11 in road games. The Cubs have gone 5-22 in games when they have allowed a home run.
The teams match up Saturday for the third time this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Tim Anderson has five home runs, six walks and 19 RBI while hitting .363 for the White Sox. Andrew Vaughn is 12-for-32 with two doubles, a home run and six RBI over the past 10 games.
Seiya Suzuki has 12 doubles, a triple and four home runs for the Cubs. Frank Schwindel is 10-for-39 with three doubles and four home runs over the last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: White Sox: 5-5, .256 batting average, 5.28 ERA, outscored by 14 runs
Cubs: 4-6, .229 batting average, 5.66 ERA, outscored by six runs
INJURIES: White Sox: Joe Kelly: 15-Day IL (hamstring), Luis Robert: 10-Day IL (covid-19), Lance Lynn: 60-Day IL (knee), Garrett Crochet: 60-Day IL (elbow), Eloy Jimenez: 10-Day IL (hamstring), Yermin Mercedes: 10-Day IL (hand), Jonathan Stiever: 60-Day IL (lat)
Cubs: Seiya Suzuki: day-to-day (finger), Yan Gomes: 10-Day IL (oblique), Michael Rucker: 15-Day IL (turf toe), Michael Hermosillo: 10-Day IL (covid), Jason Heyward: 10-Day IL (undisclosed), Sean Newcomb: 15-Day IL (ankle), Nick Madrigal: 10-Day IL (low back), Ethan Roberts: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Clint Frazier: 10-Day IL (appendicitis), Alec Mills: 10-Day IL (back), Adbert Alzolay: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Codi Heuer: 60-Day IL (elbow), Brad Wieck: 60-Day IL (elbow), David Bote: 60-Day IL (undisclosed)