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But for the eternal optimist and willfully ignorant, there's reason for cheer on both sides of town:
Gordon Beckham is hitting .331 for the Sox.
Kevin Gregg has an ERA of 1.59 for the Cubs, and last night notched his 14th save in 15 tries.
Adam Dunn has 22 homers, and his average is crowding .200.
Cubs southpaw starter Travis Wood's ERA is just 2.85.
Sox reliever Jesse Crain's ERA is a remarkable 0.74—but he was put on the disabled list yesterday with a strained shoulder.
Sure, Scott Hairston is hitting only .160 for the Cubs, but it's a solid .160.
After three months of fumbles and overthrows, the Sox have played five straight errorless games.
The Cubs have cleared space for international signings.
Jake Peavy's and Ryan Sweeney's ribs will eventually heal.
The Sox just signed a 16-year-old Dominican prospect, and reportedly have their eyes on a seven-year-old T-ball phenom.
Carlos Marmol is gone.
It wasn't the best year for a subway series anyway, what with the Red Line rehab project.
Good seats are still available for the rest of this season—well, at least for the Sox—and Opening Day 2014 will be here in just nine months.