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Rebuild vs. Rebuild: Comparing the 2019 White Sox with the 2014 Cubs

Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune on

Published in Baseball

Seventy games into Year 3 of their rebuild, the White Sox are feeling pretty good about themselves.

Despite injuries to starting pitchers Michael Kopech and Carlos Rodon, they're hanging around .500 at 34-36 and doing so behind impressive performances from four key rebuild pieces: Lucas Giolito, Yoan Moncada, Tim Anderson and Eloy Jimenez.

Heading into the opener of the City Series on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field, it's a good time to see how the Sox rebuild compares with the Cubs at the same point of their rebuild in 2014.

RECORD

Sox: 34-36, third place and 13 games back in AL Central; 3 1/2 games back in AL wild-card race.

Cubs: 30-40, last place and 11 1/2 games back in NL Central; eight games back in NL wild-card race.

 

Synopsis: The Cubs' 2014 season was virtually over at this point, and the only thing Cubs fans were thinking about was when outfielder Jorge Soler, shortstop Javier Baez and starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks would arrive. The Sox remain in the wild-card chase in the top-heavy American League, but management so far hasn't let that affect its game plan, declining to call up top pitching prospect Dylan Cease before they feel he's ready.

ARCHITECT

Sox: General manager Rick Hahn.

Cubs: President Theo Epstein.

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