The Cubs And White Sox Are Both On A Surprising Winning Streak This Year
By Sophie Lucido Johnson in News on Apr 28, 2016 10:17PM
Maybe it's because of the sunny spring weather early April gave up, or a city-wise desire to bounce back after this year's disappointing basketball and hockey seasons; but whatever the reason, Chicago is killing it on the baseball diamond. This is the first time since 1917 (before the zipper was invented, by the way) that both the White Sox and Cubs are the first teams to 15 wins in their respective leagues.
The White Sox, playing in the American League, have a 16-6 record so far this season (.727 percent); the Cubs, meanwhile, are at 15-5 (.750 percent). They're both the highest in their leagues. The Cubs have been on an upswing for a while, but it's been 11 years since the White Sox did this well within the first 22 games—and the last time they did, they took home the World Series Commissioner's Trophy.
The Chicago Tribune reported that according to STATS, both teams were in the lead late in the 1973 season as well. That time, though, the White Sox finished in fifth place, a full 17 games behind the Oakland Athletics (who went on to beat the Mets in the World Series that year). The Cubs also finished in fifth place, but they were just five games behind the Mets.
Both teams made the playoffs in 2008, and while it may be a little early to be doing a full-on Windy City victory dance, this may be just the year for a follow-up round inside the bracket. Regardless, take the good news as a ray of sunshine amidst the rain: For a while at least, Chicago's baseball teams are slaying like Beyonce.