Sports Picks takes a look at a pair of crosstown MLB rivalries this weekend, starting with the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs opening a three-game interleague series Friday at Wrigley Field (2:20 pm ET, FOX).
The White Sox will give the ball to righthander Edwin Jackson, who is 4-6 with a 4.13 ERA. He last started Friday, going seven innings in a 9-5 loss against the Washington Nationals. The Cubs will start Randy Wells, who is 1-2 with a 6.25 ERA. The righthander last pitched Sunday when he faced the Kansas City Royals, going six innings in a 6-3 loss.
The White Sox (39-42 SU) are third in the AL Central division, four games behind both the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers. The Cubs (33-48 SU) are fifth in the NL Central division, 11 games behind the first-place Milwaukee Brewers.
The Yankees will start Ivan Nova, who is 7-3 with a 4.19 ERA. The righthander last started Sunday against the Colorado Rockies, going six innings in a 6-4 win. The Mets will give the ball to Jonathon Niese, who is 7-6 with a 3.67 ERA. The lefty got his last start Saturday against the Texas Rangers, going five and two-thirds innings in a 14-5 win.
The Yankees (47-31 SU) are 8-2 SU in their past 10 games and have won four straight. They have a 2.5-game lead atop the AL East division. The Mets (41-39 SU) are 7-3 in their past 10, and have also won four straight. They are third in the NL Central, 9.5 games back of the first-place Philadelphia Phillies.