Updated Outlook: Chicago’s Crosstown Cup

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Cubs: Luis Valbuena (.249/.341/.435 +16 HR in 2014)

White Sox: Conor Gillaspie (.282/.336/.416 +7 HR in 2014)

Analysis: Neither of these guys are superstars – really, they’re not even All-Stars. But there is something about these guys that makes them so appealing to their respective teams – they get the job done. Everyone knows that these guys are bridges to future players. In Valbuena’s case he could lose his spot before the All-Star break if Kris Bryant starts as well as he finished (.325/.438/.661 +43 HRs between AA Tennessee and AAA Iowa in 2014). It looks like Gillaspie will hang on to his job for at least another season as the guy he’s serving as a bridge for Matt Davidson struggled at AAA Charlotte in 2014, slashing .199/.283/.362 yet still hitting 20 homers. As it stands now though, these two will be playing when their teams meet in July.

Advantage: White Sox

Yes, it’s true that neither of these guys exactly ‘wow’ anyone with their stats, but the stats do tell the story here; Gillaspie is better than Valbuena, and while Valbuena does have more power, Gillaspie has better average and gets on base more. With Davidson struggling to find himself in AAA, Gillaspie allows the White Sox to sit back and let Davidson develop knowing they’ve got a perfectly good staple already manning the hot corner.

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