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Good news and bad news for Chicago baseball

June 27, 2012|RedEye

For a brief moment last week, when the Cubs took two of three games from the White Sox, it looked like the Cubs were poised for a turnaround and the Sox were slipping. The teams have reversed course recently, however, and Wednesday's games were solid examples: The Sox drubbed Minnesota 12-5 and the Cubs were pulverized 17-1 by the N.Y. Mets. Here's what else we took from the Chicago teams' recent performances.

WHITE SOX

Good news: Adam Dunn broke an 0-for-24 skid with three hits, including a homer. Pitcher Chris Sale (2.27 ERA) earned his ninth win Wednesday. Three games in, recently acquired Kevin Youkilis is 5-for-12. Is Kenny Williams enjoying a victory cigar?

Bad news: Paul Konerko is in the midst of a 1-for-17 slump. Will Ohman has been so bad that he was designated for assignment. Let's hope things improve when the Sox play a four-game series at the red-hot N.Y. Yankees this weekend.

CUBS

Good news: Anthony Rizzo is here! And he already has two doubles! Other than that, there's not much to see here. Move along.

Bad news: Jeff Samardzija has allowed an average of 6.5 runs in his last four outings. Geovany Soto is hitting an abysmal .161. OK, we'll leave it at that. Maybe Theo Epstein has more praise-worthy prospects up his sleeve …

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