CHICAGO, IL - MAY 5: Shortstop Starlin Castro #13 of the Chicago Cubs (L) makes an fielding error on a ground ball hit by Andre Ethier #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers as second baseman Darwin Barney #15 comes over to help during the fifth inning at Wrigley Field on May 5, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Either was safe at first on the play. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
Neither the Chicago White Sox or the Chicago Cubs are doing especially well so far this season, and those subpar results are being reflected in the standings.
Neither the Chicago White Sox nor the Chicago Cubs are doing especially well so far this season, and those subpar results are being reflected in the standings. right now. A little bit more than one-fifth through the regular season, the Cubs are looking at last place in their division while the White Sox are beginning to fall behind in theirs.
Through 34 games this year, the Cubs are 14-20, good for last place in the tightly-knit NL Central. Only two games separate the Cubs and the third-place Pirates, but it's hard to imagine that Chicago will be able to climb up much in the six-team division.
The White Sox have fared a bit better this season, going 16-19 in the early going, but recent struggles have dropped them 2.5 games behind the Cleveland Indians and a game behind the Detroit Tigers. The White Sox open a two-game series against Detroit on Monday, though, so they'll have an opportunity to gain some ground.
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