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At the Break

By Benjy Lipsman in News on Jul 13, 2004 7:33PM

It's the All Star Break, but our local boys got the shaft. Where are Paul Konerko, Juan Uribe and Aramis Ramirez? Instead, Chicagoist will take a look back at the first half of the baseball season and predict what the second half will bring.

When the season began, nobody would have been surprised that a Chicago baseball team was in first place. However, most predicted that team to be the Cubs. Instead, the North Siders sit 7 games back of the Cardinals in the NL Central and 1 game behind San Fran for the Wild Card while the South Siders site 1/2 game up on the Twins in the AL Central.

  • Paul Konerko's return to form after a horrible 2003
  • Addition of Freddy Garcia from Seattle
  • Mark Prior's strong return from injury means he'll be fresh down the stretch
  • Magglio Ordonez's injury kept him out of the lineup for 36 games
  • Billy Koch, before he was abandoned in Florida
  • Injuries to Prior and Wood
  • Maddux has looked very average all season
Biggest Surprise
  • Juan Uribe, written off by the Rockies, has been superb at the plate
  • Shingo truly has been Mr. Zero, with a 1.30 ERA at the break
Biggest Surprise
  • In a rotation with Wood, Prior and Maddux, Zambrano has looked like the ace
  • Sox begin to pull away from Twins and win AL Central
  • With their rotation whole, Cubs secure the Wild Card

Yes, Chicagoist is going on the record stating that there will be post-season baseball on both sides of town this October! Maybe we really can begin dreaming of our Red Line World Series...