Gammons: Garza's Struggles Are 'A Complete Mystery'The end result of Thursday night's Cubs win doesn't come close to tell the story of the game. While the Cubs won 10-9, they were trailing in the fourth inning by a score of 8-0, and starting pitcher Matt Garza failed to get out of the third inning.
Cooper: 'We're In The Hunt' For Division TitleThe Chicago White Sox are two games under .500, but because the rest of the division is struggling as well, they find themselves just four and a half games back of the Cleveland Indians.
White Sox's Season Will 'Be Made Or Not Made' In JulyThe high expectations the White Sox had coming into this season haven't been met, that's no secret at all. But as bad as the team and individual players have been, they can still reach those expectations with good second half.
How Can The Cubs Compete In 2012?The Chicago Cubs are the not-so-proud owners of the second-worst record in baseball, a miserable 35-52. With this season all but over for the Cubs, the organization has to start thinking about how they can avoid a similar fate in 2012.
Stone: Castro 'Will Grow Into A Third Baseman'As a 21-year-old shortstop, Starlin Castro is the youngest Chicago Cubs player to ever make an All-Star game. However, there's a chance that in the future, he'll make the game as a third baseman.
Riggleman: 'I Really Have The Greatest Respect For Mike Quade'For most Cubs fans, Mike Quade was a relatively unknown minor league manager prior to last season. But while he wasn't well known to most of the public, those within baseball knew his reputation.
Cubs Don't Have A 'Tremendous Trade Chip'On Wednesday, Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry went on record saying that despite the team having one of the worst records in baseball, there wouldn't be a "fire sale."
Riggleman: 'Ozzie Is Great For The Game'From his post-game rants to his Twitter messages to, well, pretty much everything he does, Ozzie Guillen is one of the polarizing figures in baseball. But whether you like Ozzie or hate him, he adds something to the game that may be missing.
Byrd Could Be Back In Lineup On Saturday Or SundayCubs center fielder Marlon Byrd has been playing for the organization's Triple-A affiliate this week, trying to get ready to return to the lineup. Byrd was placed on the disabled list in late-March, after being hit in the face with a pitch while the team was in Boston.
Cooper: Santos Still Learning How To CloseComing into this season, Matt Thornton was named as the closer. But after struggling early on, the White Sox removed him from that position and went with a closer-by-committee approach. Now it seems as if Sergio Santos has taken that role for himself.
Tough Call, But Lee Smith Picks Cubs Over CardinalsFormer Major League closer Lee Smith spent the first eight seasons of his 18-year career playing for the Cubs. Over those eight seasons the Cubs had a wining record only once, but the right-hander still looks back fondly on his days on the North Side.
Stone: Castro Is Going To Be 'Terrific'One of the few enjoyable things for Cubs fans this season has been watching Starlin Castro develop as a player. The Cubs' 21-year-old shortstop has the third best batting average in the National League.
Bowman: 'We're Not Moving Patrick Kane'For being such an important part of rebuilding the Chicago Blackhawks, Patrick Kane's name has been thrown out as potential trade bait by fans, and even some members of the media, on a surprisingly regular basis.
White Sox 'Still Have A Shot' At Division TitleThroughout the season, the White Sox have been plagued with an inconsistent offense and, at times, a shaky bullpen. It's their starting pitching that's kept them afloat, and can keep the season alive.
Gammons: Pena 'Definitely' Has Trade ValueDespite playing better as of late, it's unlikely that the Chicago Cubs will be able to compete for a playoff spot. As the team soon shifts its focus to improving for the future, Carlos Pena might hear his named mentioned in potential trades.