Some comments on our Chicago teams in action and in the news:
The White Sox are playing like I thought they were capable of playing at the beginning of the year. They've won 6 straight and 8 of their last 9 (the one loss coming against the Cubs in the crosstown series at Wrigley). They've hit .500 and are starting to hit the ball and get some better pitching. Of course, those 9 games were against the Cubs, the Pirates and the Nationals. So how they'll do against better upcoming competition should tell us all we need to know about this year's White Sox team.
The Cubs got a decent performance out of Big Z, and everyone hit against a pretty good Angels team on Sunday. But this followed a blowout on Saturday and a tough loss on Friday. Tyler Colvin seems to be getting more at bats and is still hitting. They've been getting some better pitching and have more stability in the pen. But it hasn't been translating into wins until yesterday. Hopefully they'll start showing up more and winning some games.
The Bulls have the excitement of this year's free agent signing period, where they're planning on being players for the big names like LeBron, Chris Bosh, Carlos Boozer, Amare Stoudamire, and maybe even Dwayne Wade. Of course the biggest of those names is LeBron, and we have to wait and see what he does. It doesn't look to be a fast process.
Upcoming this Thursday is the NBA draft, and the Bulls will pick at 17, assuming that they don't trade the pick in a sign and trade for Bosh or Boozer. Tom Thibideux will be announced as head coach on Wednesday, as he comes off the NBA finals series with the Lakers, where his Celtics lost it in the 4th quarter of game 7. Who, and indeed, if the Bulls select at 17 should tell us something about what they feel they're going to be able to do in free agency.