Chicago White Sox Morning BP: Will the White Sox play spoiler?
Sep 6, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago White Sox left fielder Jordan Danks (20) celebrates after scoring in the third inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
If anything else for the remainder of the 2014 MLB season, the Chicago White Sox can not only get a look at their young players, but they can hopefully play the role of spoiler as well.
They started that trend possibly last night, as they defeated the Oakland Athletics, 5-4 in 12 innings. The A’s are the second-place team in the AL West and currently hold the first AL Wild Card spot by one game over the Seattle Mariners, so that was a costly loss for the visitors.
Oakland is 80-63 and Seattle is 79-64. Also in the mix for the Wild Card are the Detroit Tigers at 79-65, and even the Kansas City Royals who lead the AL Central by just one game over Detroit.
Others possibly in the mix for the AL Wild Card are the Cleveland Indians -4.5, New York Yankees -5.0 and the Toronto Blue Jays -5.0.
Chicago’s elimination number now sits at 5.0.
Leading to them possibly playing the spoiler role, the White Sox still have three more games remaining with the A’s in Chicago, plus from Sept. 15-17 they play the AL Central leading Royals.
In the final seven games of the regular season (Sept. 22-28) the White Sox have three games at Detroit and host the Royals four times to end the season. So, quite possibly the White Sox are going to be involved someway with who wins the AL Central in the final week of the season.
It really doesn’t help the White Sox organization, but it could be fun to play teams who are actually playing for something at the end of the season and maybe cause a little confusion in the standings along the way.
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