Sep 6, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago White Sox left fielder Jordan Danks (20) watches as Chicago White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton (1) dives for a base hit by Cleveland Indians left fielder Michael Brantley (not pictured) in the fifth inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
With the inconsistency of the 2014 Chicago White Sox, am I wrong for wanting to see the end of the season get here as soon as possible? I say that just for the fact the potential of what lies ahead this offseason is really exciting.
There are 20 games left in the ’14 season, and thus far in September, the White Sox are 1-4 in the month, with one loss to the Minnesota Twins and three loses to the Cleveland Indians. That is coming off a month of August where the “Good Guys” won just nine games.
Those four losses are all in a row, giving the White Sox a four-game skid with the tough Oakland Athletics visiting Chicago for the next four games.
It most likely won’t be pretty for the the hosts this week.
As I wrote Sunday, the White Sox had the great starting pitching (and even relief pitching over the weekend), but the offense just couldn’t score runs as they were held to just two runs in three games with the Indians.
As for having to face the A’s, now the White Sox have to face former designated hitter Adam Dunn, and he’s all of a sudden turned his game around with a .313 batting average with Oakland in six games (16 at-bats).
Since the White Sox traded Dunn to Oakland on Aug. 31, he has five hits, including two home runs with five RBIs.
I’m happy for Dunn’s sucess, and when the postseason arrives, if Oakland holds onto a WIld Card spot, I’ll root for Dunn to have success in the postseason.
Speaking of the postseason, the White Sox magic number to be eliminated from contention for a Wild Card spot is now six.
If nothing else, hopefully the Sox can turn things around just enough in the final weeks to have some momentum going into the offseason.
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