The Great Chicago Debate: Who was better 05 Sox or 16 Cubs?
Hell has not frozen over and Chicago has not burned to the ground, but the Cubs are World Series champions. During this playoff run I noticed a wide variety of emotions from White Sox fans. Some became instant fans of any opponent while others casually tipped their cap. What remained consistent was the love for their champs, the 2005 White Sox. What will eventually ensue is the constant bar room debate on which team was better. The Sox had the most dominant playoff run in recent memory only losing one game. The Cubs had arguably one of the most stacked lineups that was mostly built from the ground up. I am here to nip this debate in the butt right here right now. With the help of What if Sports I simulated 100 hundred games between the 05 Sox and the 16 Cubs. The results speak for themselves.
Every game was played at a neutral site, Miller Park. I did this to eliminate crowd factors as I am a firm believer in fan impact. Also If a series like this were to occur the city WOULD in fact be destroyed after, so why not Milwaukee?
Lineups and Results
50 games were simmed with the Cubs as the home team(no DH) and 50 with the Sox (DH).
Sox (Home) v. Cubs (Away)
- Starters will be Buehrle v. Lester (remember this is simming individual games not a series)
- Schwarber was not available for this website so I replaced him with Soler
Cubs 33- 17
Cubs (Home) v. Sox (Away)
So there you have it. Part of me wanted it to be the Sox because that just makes for better writing. Even without Schwarber the Cubs really capitalized on the use of the DH. Regardless of how these results make you feel, no number or statistic can take away our 2005 and 2016 championships.