Until The Final Bell: The Chicago White Sox and the Playoffs

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Feb 18, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn speaks to the media during MLB media day at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Waiver Moves

The White Sox are in a position of luxury where they can make waiver moves that other teams cannot based on their record. If they want a bat or a pitcher they could always put in a claim and get the player outright like they did with Alex Rios a few years ago.

This team could use a fifth starter to lessen the innings load on Carlos Rodon though he’s doing a good job of that himself with his short starts. Even if they do not make a waiver move they can play spoiler by claiming any and all players who come across the wire.

Other Teams Above Them Falter

The Twins are smoke and mirrors. They did not make a move of great significance to bolster the team. They are a team that’s played well above their talent level. The Twins are 3-7 in their last 10 games which could be the sign that they are starting to come back to Earth a bit.

The Los Angeles Angels are 1-9 in their last 10 games and now sit in second place in the AL West. It looks like they will be losing C.J. Wilson for the year which only furthers doubts that they’ll be able to manage winning the A.L. West let alone the second Wild Card. They’ll play the White Sox seven times in the next two and a half weeks.

With a series looming against the Tampa Bay Rays, the White Sox could do some damage into their hopes while bolstering their own. The Rays are limited offensively and their pitching staff has been ravaged by injuries. I’m not sure if they’ll be able to last the next two months with the way their roster is construed.

Become Fans of the Blue Jays

The only team in Canada scares me and in a one game series I’d want nothing to do with them. Therefore we should all root for them to catch the New York Yankees.

I’d like Chris Sale’s chances more against the Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka than David Price and the offense of the Blue Jays. The Blue Jays only trail the Yankees by 5.5 games but the Yankees pitching depth will be tested without Michael Pineda and they may fall back to the pack.

Though we all know what that offense is capable of after watching this past weekend.

Next: Pitching is the key.