Yankees Head To Chicago For Historic Matchup Against Cubs

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Two of the most recognizable franchises in baseball are set to square off this weekend as the Yankees traveled to Chicago to face the Cubs. It is the first time since 2003 that the Bronx Bombers have been to Wrigley Field.

The Yankees are hoping the Windy City won't be able to cool down their current hot streak. New York won six of seven games against the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers who were their respective division leaders at the time.

The Yankees own the third best record in all of baseball while the Cubs have the second worst. Chicago is only in front of their division foe the Houston Astros.

The Cubs' own a mediocre offense at best as none of their hitters have more than 31 RBI's and none of their starting pitcher's own under a 4 ERA. Look for the Yankee bats to take advantage of the weak pitching staff and continue their recent offensive tear.

Here are the probable starters for the series:

Friday, 6/17 2:20 PM CT

Freddy Garcia: (5-5, 3.60 ERA) – Garcia is coming off one of his best starts of the season and the contact pitcher should fare well against a below average Cubs lineup. Garcia is also holding opponents to just a 2.31 batting average when there are runners in scoring position.

Doug Davis: (0-5, 5.90 ERA) – Despite not picking up the win, Davis is coming off his best performance of the year when he held a good Philadelphia team to just 2 runs over 5 2/3 innings.

Saturday, 6/18 3:10 PM CT

AJ Burnett: (6-5, 4.09 ERA) – Burnett pitched brilliantly in his last start by going 7 2/3 innings and giving up only one run but still ended up with the loss.

Ryan Dempster: (5-5, 5.48 ERA) – Dempster is coming off a pitching gem in which he shut down the Brewers over 7 innings. Dempster is 0-2 lifetime against the Yankees.

Sunday, 6/19 7:10 PM CT

C.C Sabathia: (8-4, 3.28 ERA) – The Yankee ace was not great in his last outing against the Rangers but he did enough to pick up his fifth win in six starts.

Randy Wells: (1-1, 5.63 ERA) – Wells pitched decently in his last outing but ended up with a no-decision. This will be his fifth start since coming off the DL and first against the Yanks.

The Yankees are clearly the superior team in this match up. Look for another series sweep for the Bronx Bombers as anything less would be unsatisfactory.

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