Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Windy City Surge: Cubs, White Sox Have MLB's Best Records

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Windy City Surge: Cubs, White Sox Have MLB's Best Records

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CHICAGO * Robin Ventura remembers the excitement in New York when the Mets and Yankees faced off in the World Series, and he can imagine what it would be like in Chicago if both teams made it.

Wait, the Cubs and White Sox playing for the championship?

Don't start planning the parade just yet, but the teams with the two best records in the game through Wednesday just happen to call Chicago home. That's quite a change in a city known more for heartbreak and failure than championship glory when it comes to baseball.

Yet here are the Cubs, dominating with a major league-leading 16- 5 mark after winning again Thursday. And in the American League, the White Sox are leading the way at 16-7 after losing 10-2 at Baltimore Thursday. The last time Chicago teams had the two best records in baseball this late in a season was May 29, 1973, and not since then had they both boasted the top marks in their leagues, according to STATS.

"You're happy for our fans that we can play a better brand of baseball and give them some hope that there can be meaningful games later in the year and hopefully make the playoffs," said Ventura, the White Sox manager who played for the Mets in the 2000 Subway Series against the Yankees. "Having played in New York where both teams made the playoffs, it's an exciting atmosphere for a city that has two teams capable of doing that."

Not since 2008 have both teams made the playoffs, but that's starting to look like a possibility. With the Bulls missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008 and the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup defense ending with a first-round playoff loss to St. Louis, the timing couldn't be better for Chicago fans.

The Cubs, coming off a 97-win season and a trip to the NLCS after five straight losing years, were among the major league leaders in runs and on-base percentage. The two teams have shown a knack for scoring late, with the North Siders second in the majors in runs after the sixth inning and the South Siders fourth.

Both have also been dominating on the mound, with Jake Arrieta throwing a no-hitter for the Cubs last week and 5-0 after Thursday's win, and Chris Sale off to a sizzling start also at 5-0 for the White Sox. …

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