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Evers has a better team than Chance
had in 1912, and Callahan was no
stronger, if their standing in their
own league is any criterion.
From now out delirious dreamers
will figure the chances of the Sox in
1914 on the form they showed
against the Cubs. And these same
dreamers are due for a rude awaken
ing, for the Sox will not play up to
the standard they set in the past six
It is still our opinion that Evers
has the superior team for a full sea
son's run, but, as we said yesterday1,
the Sox can beat them nine times out
of ten when something big hinges on
the result. They can be keyed up for
a short dash, but fail to maintain
their peppery pace.
The Cubs are more phlegmatic,
content to plug along and take things
as they come.
Before the series started the su
perior Cub battihg was counted on
to play an important part in the re
sult. And at the end of the six games
we find the Sox mauling the old pill
for an average of .271, exactly 40
points ahead of the Cubs.
Four Sox players, including three
outfielders who batted under .235 for
the season, have marks of .400 or bet
ter for the city series. Eddie Cicotte,
who pitched a pair of games, batted
.667 and was a factor with the bat
in one of the contests. Harry Lord,
under .265 for the year, bulges up
with .304. Weaver improved his sea
son's percentage. Bergfer, Chase and
Schalk fell below the pace they had
set, but the other men carried them
Now take a slant atxthe perform
ances of the Cubs. Jimmy Archer
banged away for a mark of .455,
about 200 points better than his pace
during the regular season. Vic Saier"s
.273 is less than ten points below his
regular gait, so no fault can be found
with him. But the rest of the team
faltered and crumbled in their attack.
Bridwell was somewhat near normal,
with .238, but that mark is not seri-
ouslyiconsidered in figuring offensive?
work. Zim batted .179 and Schulte
wobbled along with a percentage of
.192. Leach and Evers were away be-
low where they belong.
Probably the good pitching of the
Sox boxmen had a lot to do with this,
but the Cubs have been batting good
pitching all year. Grover Alexander
Rube Marquard, Christy Mathewson,
Slim Sallee, Nap Rucker, Tom Seat
on, Babe Adams and ClaudeHendrix
all earn their living by flinging in
the National League, and they are
worth every cent they get,
Evers' men managed to hit these
boys, and Callahan hasn't a better
man in his list than some of those
This is one case where psychology
can be dragged into the dope. There
is no other way to explain the way '
the Sox and Cubs play when they
meet each other.
The important work for the Sox
was done by men who had been given
little consideration, and the big three
in this classification were John Col
lins, Jack Fournier and Joe Benz.
Callahan's pitching staff was really
not as strong in this post-season
clash as it was during the major por
tion of the regular schedule. Reb
Russell was good for only one game
in six and took heavy punishment in
"that. Ordinarily the Texas southpaw
can pitch, about two and a half games
Benz won one game unaided, and
in another forced Lefty Vaughn to
go so far in order to cop that he was
useless for the rest of the series.
Collins won two games with his bat
and drove home the first Sox run
with a single yesterday, and at the
same time placed his team in a posi
tion where two more could score on
Fournier's swat. And Fournier pro
duced the blow at the right moment.
The Sox could have .stopped right
there and won the game.
Scott got revenge on Humphries
for the victory the latter won against
the Sox last Friday. Jim was hit fair-i .
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