White Sox finally have long 10 game homestand after a six game road trip. White Sox have opportunity to gain ground in division with long homestand.
The White Sox began a homestand on Friday that will take them all the way through to July and it might just be what the Sox need to get them back on track. The Sox are coming off an uneasy June that saw them drop 12 of their 20 games and three of their five series. The Sox played three American League East teams as well as two divisional foes and the results were extremely varied. They only played one series at home during the month of June so far, in which they took three out of four against the Baltimore Orioles.
Guaranteed Rate Field has been kind to the Southsiders. They’ve won more than half their games at home this season and have also dropped a total of 27 games on the road, which is a lot compared to their 13 home losses. White Sox are 15-13 at home and 17-27 on the road.
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Friday, they started a 10-game home stand against the AL’s worst team – the Oakland Athletics – and they’ll follow it up with series against the New York Baby Bomber Yankees and the struggling Texas Rangers.
Both the A’s and Rangers are 10 or more games under .500 and are both 5-5 in their last ten games. The Yankees are still tied for first place and still nine games over .500 but their last ten games have only seen two wins. If the White Sox can manage to take six of the 10 games, they’ll be a good shape when they go out west to finish the first half of the season. It would be huge for the team’s confidence to take a series against the first-place Yankees. It would also be great to see players use this homestand to recuperate and improve, like Jose Quintana, James Shields and even Leury Garcia when he returns from the disabled list.
The White Sox should ultimately be looking to get back on track after an inconsistent run of games in which they won five out of 10, scored 54 runs and allowed 42. Also with the trade deadline fast-approaching, the Sox would love to see players – mainly Quintana, David Robertson and especially Todd Frazier – have a nice stretch of games that could boost their trade value.
The Sox dropped Friday’s night contest against the A’s 3-0, but they are capable of winning this series as well as the next two against New York and Texas. These series will be their last home series until the after All-Star break so it’s imperative for the Sox to make the most of the home-field advantage. The White Sox will also be benefitting from a handful of games with promotions that are sure to fill up the stadium, like Mullet Night, Polish Heritage Night and Mark Buehrle Day, which will be great for the fans and the team alike.