What’s left for the Chicago White Sox in ’14?


Sep 10, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (79) runs to second base after hitting a double against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Here is a quick look at the rest of the White Sox schedule for 2014, as the season is close to being complete.

After taking three out of four games versus the Oakland Athletics this week, the White Sox will host the Twins for a three-game weekend series. Friday’s game has been cancelled due to impending rain; however, it will be made up in a doubleheader Saturday.

The twin bill is scheduled for a 3:10 p.m. CT start for Saturday afternoon at US Cellular Field, followed by the second game, starting 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.

After this weekend, the White Sox hit the road for a 10-day, nine-game road trip, the final road trip of the season. Chicago is 29-43 on the road this season. Their home record is an even 37-37.

In those road games, the White Sox have been outscored, 292-330. They’ve also been outscored at home, 306-360.

Two of the three teams they will be playing are fighting for the AL Central division title (Kansas City and Detroit), and they will make their only trip to Tampa Bay this season in between KC and Detroit.

After the road trip, the White Sox will host the Royals for four to close out the season.

That weekend, the White Sox will honor the captain, Paul Konerko, the final Saturday of the year. The next day is fan appreciation day, which happens to be both the final game and home game of the year.

Outside of Tampa Bay, every other game will be played against a division opponent. If the White Sox play well, they will have a major impact on the outcome of the AL Central championship.

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Will they be able to beat the Royals or Tigers enough to ruin their chances at winning the division or even getting a Wild Card spot?

That will be decided over the next couple of weeks, and if they play well against the Royals, it could leave them out of the playoffs for another season.

This season was a step in the right direction as far as getting the White Sox headed back to contention. If general manager Rick Hahn and the rest of upper management can do as good of a job this offseason as they did the last one, things could get a lot more exciting on the South Side in the near future.