Chicago White Sox Morning BP: Involved in the AL Central race after all


Sep 22, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Jake Petricka (52) and catcher Tyler Flowers (21) celebrate with teammates after the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Chicago won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago White Sox are involved in the race for the AL Central race after all, unfortunately it is the role of spoiler, rather than contender.

Last night the White Sox defeated the first-place Detroit Tigers, 2-0 behind the stellar pitching of Chris Bassitt. Tonight the Good Guys face David Price of the Tigers. The White Sox will send Scott Carroll to the mound.

As for the AL Central itself, here is a look at the standings before games on Tuesday:

Detroit (86-70)
Kansas City (85-71) -1.0
Cleveland (82-75) -4.5
Chicago (A) (72-84) -14.0
Minnesota (66-90) -20.0

There is also a Wild Card battle involving AL Central teams:
Oakland (86-70) +1.0
Kansas City (85-71)
Seattle (83-71) -2.0
Cleveland (82-75) -3.5
New York (A) (81-75) -4.0
Toronto Blue Jays (79-77) -6.0

So there ya go … that sums up the remaining AL postseason race, and the White Sox are going to play a role in it one way or another. The Good Guys have two games left with the Tigers, and four with the Royals.

I believe the White Sox will cost one of their fellow AL Central teams a spot in the postseason, and that is a plus for the White Sox, because it shows they are still playing tough even though they could have easily folded up camp and not even tried this entire month.

Playing teams who are so close to either having a postseason spot, and having the chance to eliminate them from the postseason makes watching the White Sox games for the rest of the season fun to watch.

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