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Cole Hamels vs. the Mets: Let’s just say it hasn’t gone well in the past for Cubs lefty

This You Gotta See: a Hamels attempted rewrite; White Sox ace Lucas Giolito’s attempted bounce-back; U.S. women's attempted bouncing out of Spain.

Chicago White Sox v Chicago Cubs
Cole Hamels takes on a team that has pretty much owned him — the New York Mets — at Wrigley.
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SUN 23

Mets at Cubs (1:20 p.m., Ch. 7): Cole Hamels hasn’t had much success against this team over the years, posting a 9-14 record with a 3.89 ERA and a truly unsightly 1.429 WHIP. Then again, he pitched five scoreless innings in a 2-1 victory the one time — last August — he has faced the Mets since joining the Cubs. Tell you what, let’s just simplify things and pretend his first 32 starts against the Mets never even happened.

MON 24

Spain vs. United States, Women’s World Cup Round of 16 (11 a.m., FS1): Team USA is No. 1 in the FIFA world rankings because ’Murica. The Spaniards are 13th because what do they know about soccer in that part of the world, anyway? But this is no joking matter — it’s win or go home, baby. For Jill Ellis’ team, defeat is not an option.

White Sox at Red Sox (6:10 p.m., Ch. 9): Lucas Giolito gets to climb back on the horse (assuming the Sox have taken advantage of the chance to move their ace up a spot in the rotation due to an off day) after a rough outing against the Cubs. Look, nobody’s perfect — not even the guy who had the worst stats in baseball last season.

WED 26

College World Series finals, Game 2 (6 p.m., ESPN): What an amazing thing it would be for Michigan and the Big Ten if the Wolverines — in the CWS for the first time since 1984 — were able to deliver the conference’s first national title in over 50 years. Hey, it could happen. It’s not like fans of the Maize and Blue are asking for a Jim-Harbaugh-beats-Ohio-State-sized miracle.

FRI 28

Cubs at Reds (6:10 p.m., Ch. 9): For their next act, the Cubs will attempt to pull off a rarely seen feat known as winning a game on the road. To do so, they will need to perform such daunting tasks as (1) throwing a baseball, (2) catching a baseball, (3) hitting a baseball and (4) not completely embarrassing themselves. It’s that last one that has been toughest for the 2019 Cubs to get down.

SAT 29

Twins at White Sox (3:12 p.m., NBCSCH): It’s the second of three games between the teams in a series that can’t possibly go worse for the Sox than the last one against the Twins (May 24-26 at Target Field) did. Unless, that is, Ricky Renteria’s team digs deep and finds a way to be outscored by more than 21 runs over the weekend. Hate to break the bad news to you, Sox fans, but your team has gotten way too good for that to happen.