Chicago White Sox Morning BP: AL Central is close


Jun 6, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Chicago White Sox manager

Robin Ventura

(23) exchanges words with umpire Greg Gibson (53) in the first inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

It was good to see the Chicago White Sox gain a win against the Detroit Tigers and end what was a three-game skid.

The White Sox are now 32-33 overall, while the AL Central leaders fall to 33-27. The Tigers are 3-7 in their past 10 games. Chicago trails the Tigers by 3.5 games in the standings in third place.

Another team on a bit of a run are the second-place Cleveland Indians who are 33-31 overall with not only a three-game winning streak, but they are a team that is 9-1 in their past 10 games.

The Kansas City Royals are 31-32, fourth in the Central with a current win streak of two. The fifth place spot in the division is the Minnesota Twins who are 29-33 overall, still just five games out of first.

By this point of the season I figured the Tigers would have at least a 10-game lead over the second place team in the AL Central, but I’ll admit when I was wrong, and I was wrong.

I’m glad I was wrong.

Even though just two teams in the division currently have a winning record, it is still the closest division in all of baseball, which makes the games of these five teams that much more important.

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Who is your pick to be leading the division by the end of the month and why? We’d like to know.

In other White Sox news:

• The Chicago Sun Times says Alexei Ramirez deserves the start at shortstop for the AL in the All-Star game next month.

• ESPN Chicago says the White Sox win over the Tigers was “a confidence booster.”

Conor Gillaspie talks about his night in a video by the Chicago Tribune.

• CSN Chicago writes that the White Sox are “pleased with Hector Noesi’s progression.”

• Da Windy City posted an article with the headline and question: “Could Chicago Baseball Take Over ‘Hawkeytown’?”

• Call to the Pen looks at the plate coverage of Jose Abreu.