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6 things we learned from the Crosstown Classic

June 20, 2012|RedEye

Another round of the Crosstown Classic is in the books, and as usual, we learned a lot about both the Cubs and White Sox in the meantime.

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Jake Peavy (still) owns the Cubs

In two starts against the Cubs this season, Peavy's pitched 15 1/3 innings and surrendered just one earned run. In his career, he's 7-3 with a 2.23 ERA vs. the North Siders. Does he have any advice for Zach Stewart? Or Gavin Floyd and Philip Humber, for that matter?

Unsafe at home

The Sox have feasted on National League teams in general in recent years, but when they can't beat the worst team in baseball in their own ballpark, something's seriously wrong. And if the Sox are going to fall this flat at home all season (they're several games under .500 at the Cell), winning the AL Central will be a pipe dream.

Who's on third?

Well, for the Sox, it doesn't really seem to matter. They're getting a feeble amount of production at that position, including zero hits and seven runners left on base through the first two games of the latest Cubs series. It's been a problem all season. Even worse, GM Kenny Williams might not be able to do anything about it anytime soon.

Matt Garza is attractive

The Cubs right-hander, who was one of the best pitchers in baseball for the first six weeks of the season, upped his trade value by beating the Sox on Monday. He's familiar with the American League, having spent most of his career there, so don't be surprised if contenders like the Yankees are more interested now.

Starlin Castro's a keeper

This might seem like the biggest "no duh" statement of the week, but Castro does have his doubters. Yet he's hitting over .300 in his career against the Sox—and against pretty much everyone else—and is capable of mind-boggling catches like the one he made to rob Alejandro De Aza on Tuesday. Oh yeah, and he's only 22.

Travis Wood is sneaky

The left-hander quietly made it look easy against the Sox on Tuesday, squirming out of an early jam to earn the win. He hasn't been heard from much this season, and rightfully so, but he could end up one of President Theo Epstein's better acquisitions—especially if Ryan Dempster and/or Matt Garza are traded.

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