For the next three days, the Chicago sports scene will experience a rarity -- Sox fans will be cheering for the Cubs.
Coming into Tuesday's action, the Sox sit in third place, five games behind the first-place Detroit Tigers in the AL Central race. The Sox have a difficult three-game set at home starting tonight against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the NL's best team.
Almost certainly, the Sox are going to drop a game or two in this series. Therefore, all of us Sox fans are hoping the Tigers lose a game or two as well. Who is Detroit playing this week? Well, it's none other than the Cubs.
The Sox have already helped the Cubs out during this stretch of interleague play. The South Siders beat Milwaukee two out of three earlier this month. Over the weekend, the Sox took two out of three in Cincinnati, allowing the Cubs to move up to third place in the NL Central race.
Will the North Siders be as charitable to the Sox and beat the Tigers? I have my doubts. The Cubs have already lost two out of three to Minnesota in interleague action this year. One break for the Cubs this week: They'll miss Detroit ace Justin Verlander, who beat the Brewers 3-2 on Sunday.
This is probably the only time you'll ever read this sentence on this blog: Go Cubs. (Note the lack of an enthusiastic exclamation mark at the end of that sentence.)