These two teams are two completely different animals to be sure. The Cubs were expected to rip through the regular season and return to the playoffs, hellbent on erasing 101 years of futility. The Sox, on the other hand, weren't predicted to enjoy the same kind of success.
Yet here they are. Some 50 games into the season and winning at the same clip.
Since it's never too early to ask hypothetical questions about October baseball, which of these teams has a better chance to reach the postseason?
Milton Bradley has been an injury-prone bust thus far and Geovany Soto is embroiled in a very tangible sophomore slump. Many a fan has remarked that Mark DeRosa would sure look good at second base or right field or, heck, anywhere but Cleveland right now.
The six-team division is being led by the somewhat surprising Cardinals and plucky Brewers. One wonders if either of these squads has the mettle to sustain their current levels of play.
Meanwhile, the White Sox find themselves looking up at the Detroit Tigers -- a team who is getting quality pitching in the form of a devasting 1-2 punch of Justin Verlander and Edwin Jackson.
Mark Buehrle has been the steadying force Kenny Williams and Co. hoped for and Jermaine Dye is doing what Jermaine Dye in wont to do. Young arms like Clayton Richard and John Danks have been servicable while Gavin Floyd seems to be rebounding from a lackluster early part of the year. If Alexei Ramirez and Carlos Quentin can regain their 2008 form, there's a chance the Sox can contend down the stretch.
Again, the answer to this question seems obvious. On paper, the Cubs would figure to be the better team. But then again, hovering around .500 has to feel alot better for the White Sox.
So, sporting fans: Which team has a more viable shot at reaching the postseason?