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Cubs or White Sox: Which Chicago team has a better shot to make the playoffs?

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ozzie-guillen-lou-piniella.jpgBoth Chicago baseball teams are off to less than blazing starts this season as we dive into June. On the South Side, Ozzie Guillen's White Sox are treading water at 25-26 and are 3 1/2 games behind the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central. Closer to the North Pole, Lou Piniella's Cubs sit at 25-25, trailing both the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central.

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?
At face value, it would appear to be the Cubs. Armed with big-time arms like Carlos Zambrano and Rich Harden and a power-laden lineup, one gets the sense that it's only a matter of time until they start stringing some wins together. Yet, it hasn't happened yet.

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?

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The White Stocking will be lucky to win 80 - 85 games this season - not enough for the wild card. The Detroit Tiger will win the AL Central.

The Cub will be in the race to win the NL Central. Injuries aside, this squad continues to stay within 6 games of the division lead. I like their chances.....

Linda S.

Nice note Linda S. but I beg to differ....Your whole squad is banged up, i liked there chances before but nothing is holding up for your team @ this time. Let Lou bring in his B squad the whole season and see how you finish up. Our south siders have great pitching. Since the 20 Minnesota loss we have been dominate in pitching from every angle. Letting 2-3 runs or less in 12 games. Thats where we stand and wont let up. Besides you said that last year when we went to that one game playoff and it was STELLAR by my man diddy DANKS. Dont hate, CONGRATULATE

Nice note Linda S. but I beg to differ....Your whole squad is banged up, i liked there chances before but nothing is holding up for your team @ this time. Let Lou bring in his B squad the whole season and see how you finish up, poor poor chubbies. Our south siders have great pitching. Since the 20 Minnesota loss we have been dominate in pitching from every angle. Letting 2-3 runs or less in 12 games. Thats where we stand and wont let up. Besides you said that last year when we went to that one game playoff and it was STELLAR by my man diddy DANKS. Dont hate, CONGRATULATE

Hey Linda, the sox are in second place while the cubs are in fourth with almost identical records yet you still think they have a good chance to win the NL Central because there within 6 games?? It amazes me how absolutely delusional cubs fans are.

The cubs will make it somehow and blow it as usual and the sox will as well if Ozzie will stop messing with the lineup.

the cubs wont make it into the world series at all because they havent won nothing since 1908,go white sox!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A woman making predictions about a man's game? HA!

The Sox have a good chance but they need to make a move. The Cubs have a better chance to make the playoffs on paper but does it really matter since neither team will win it.

The cubs will choke just like every year and will be at home watching the White Sox win the A.L. Central again. The Pitching will come around and the Hitting is there. the Minor league team on the northside hhave to much pressure and they can't take it. cards win the N.L Central

I think the Sox have a better chance, assuming the pitching and hitting hold up. The Sox division is weak. The Cubs are falling apart - they are constantly injured, and their players are constantly in a snit about something. That is indicative of a train coming off the tracks. And the Cubs have two other good teams capable of winning the division. So, Sox have better chance

i feel the soxs will win the championship becuase the cubs ............. blah


GO SOXS!!!!!!!! BOO CUBS ....

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