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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 04, 1913, NOON EDITION, Image 12

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tp open the frayagainst theSox.3,He
showed good form .against the re
cruits. Callahan's Sox were stalled by rain,
but will play two games with Detroit
today and oneJ:omorrow. His pitch
ers will get their"final workouts, and
Reb Russell is the favorite to oppose
Neither team has a hospital list,
and not even a bruise has been re
ported. The battery men have gone
through the season unhurt. Schulte,
who has been out of the game for
the Cubs, is not in bad shape, and will
be there when the bell rings '-next
Tuesday. f
Setting forth the qualifications of
the battery men in the 'city- and
world's fights has been' left to the"
last, and as we had -a hunch some
thing would develop to change the
aspect of things somewhat. It hasnt.
There was a strong-rumor that Jack
Coombs would be able'to get in the
Giant-Mack games, but Connie has
let nothing leak regarding the report.
It has not been denied.
Right here at home we'll get a view
of pitching and catching talent the
equal, if not the superior, of that to
be seen in the East. Callahan has
four crack pitchers and one of the
best catchers in the business. Evers
has three strong pitchers, one of
average ability, and a catcher who
can travel with the best.
Go over the other teams and find a
better quartet of gunmen than Cicot
te, Russell, Scott and Benz. It can't
be done1, even on New York's East
Side. And then delve around for a
catchersuperior to Ray Schalk, all
angles of the game considered. You'll
delve a while.
Cheney, Humphries, Pierce and
Vaughn make up Evers' crew of de
pendable pitchers, and they are wor
thy workmen. No one will question
the statement that Archer is some
what of a catcher.
How do the two squads stack up
against each other? If we- are ex
pected to answer this question, we
pass." The answer is not concealed
about our person.
Day in and day but, Callahan's
pitching staff is the better, by a safe
margin. Of that there is little doubt.
Kow they will go in a short series
lined against a team that can readily
hit is the question. In the past they
have battled the best and gotten by.
Connie Mack's Athletics found the
Sox boxmen the hardest crew in the
league to do business with. Just re
member that when figuring the Cubs
will kill the offerings of the South
Russell should go strong against
the Cubs, who do not like left-handers,
especially one of the Rebel's
class. He has a nice curve, smart
speed and control. What more he
could have, we don't know. He could
use some experience, but has been
doing some nifty work with his pres
ent goods.
Jim Scott's speed is going to baffle
some of the free-swinging Cubs. The,
Wyoming whiffer has never had a
betjer year than 1913. From Mack
men to St. Louis Browns, all have
gone down before him, and his vic
tories have not been flukes. It takes
mighty tight pitching to win games
for the present Sox aggregation.
Cicotte is at last somewhere near
the place he merits in the percentage
of games won and lost, though with,
a team which could hit he would be,
trailing the leaders. Time after time
this season Eddie has won games
with a margin of only two runs to
work on. But we don't expect him to
be as effective against the Cubs as
Russell and Scott. His delivery is
more suited, to the Cub style of bat
ting. Benz is another man who has turn
ed loose some great games this cam
paign, and he may repeat against the
Cubs. But he is another man who
should be less effective against the
Cubs than Russell and Scott
Ed Walsh, of course, is an uncer
tainty. It is uncertain whether he will
start, and it is even more uncertain-.
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