By the numbers: Chicago White Sox Divisional Breakdown
By Brian Draus
Jun 11, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox first basemanJose Abreu
(79) hits a single against the Detroit Tigers during the sixth inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Today, let’s take a look at how the Chicago White Sox have fared against the different divisions in MLB this season.
• AL East
The White Sox are 6-5 agains the AL East in 2014, and that includes four games with the Tampa Bay Rays, four with New York Yankees and three vs. the Boston Red Sox.
The only series they lost was against Red Sox, while they split with the Yankees and took three of four versus the Rays.
The interesting part of this is that all of these games have been at home. That will soon change at the end of June, when the Sox head east to face Baltimore and Toronto.
• AL Central
This is where the White Sox have to play well, and they have so far this season.
The White Sox have the best record of the five teams in games involving AL Central teams at 16-12. The AL Central the tightest division in baseball, with the Detroit Tigers being the lead dog.
However, the Minnesota Twins sit in last place, though they are only four games out of first. Will the White Sox continue this success against their intra-division opponents?
Time will tell, but the Sox have fared much better this season than in past seasons.
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• AL West
Here is where the White Sox have struggled.
The White Sox sit at 3-9 against the West, however, all of those games were played away from U.S. Cellular Field. They failed to win a game in Anaheim against the Los Angeles Angeles, and only won once in the other three ballparks they visited (minus Seattle-yet to go there).
Now where the White Sox have a lot of road games against the AL East, the will play a significant amount of home games against the West later this season.
The White Sox sit at 8-8 against National League opponents.
The White Sox are facing the NL West this season, as well as their natural rival which would be the Chicago Cubs.
Traditionally they have played well against the NL (minus last season), and have four more games in ’14 (against the San Francisco Giants).
The White Sox did win three of four against the Cubs in May, and this month, won twice against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, winning that series, 2-1.
They were also 1-2 in each series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Colorado Rockies and the San Diego Padres this season.
Looking at the record of the White Sox through a little more than two months, they look to be an average team. If they can get hot, who knows, but even if they continue to play at this rate it will be a huge improvement over last season.