Chicago White Sox: Previewing the Tampa Bay series

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The Chicago White Sox are desperate for a win right now as they haven’t won since before the All-Star Game. They will be looking to win in Tampa Bay.

The Chicago White Sox need a win like they need air. They are 0-7 in their last seven games and the last game they won was against the Chicago Cubs at Guaranteed Rate Field, the last game before the all-star break. It is important to do something positive in this upcoming series with the Tampa Bay Rays.

This is probably the most important series for the White Sox so far this season. Nobody ever thought they were actually a playoff team before this, but they played well because although they are a semi-bad team, they have a lot of high-end talent at the top. Now with guys like Tim Anderson and Eloy Jimenez are out of the lineup at the same time and it is showing. The games they’ve won this season were mostly decided because they have the ability to score runs, but without Jimenez and Anderson it is more difficult to score runs and the pitching outside of Giolito is very subpar.

This may be a hard time for White Sox fans, but everyone needs to just hang on and know what is ahead. There is a lot of growth within this organization so this season isn’t all about wins and losses. The Tampa Bay Rays are a great baseball team, so this is going to be a challenge for sure. The Rays are 56-43 which is good for a tie with the Oakland Athletics.

They were in a Wild Card spot comfortably, but the Rays have lost three in a row and the A’s are 8-2 in their last 10 games. The Rays will be upset about recent losses just like the White Sox so this is for sure going to be a difficult series for both teams. The Rays are a team that if they win a Wild Card game, they could be dangerous in the playoffs.

Game one will feature Reynaldo Lopez, who will face Brendan McKay in the Friday night game. On Saturday, Lucas Giolito will go for the White Sox and hopefully, he can help the White Sox get on a roll. His opponent is still listed as TBD. On Sunday, Dylan Cease will make his third career start against another TBD opponent. This is a series that could favor the Sox as far as pitching but the Rays are where they are in the standings because of awesome pitching so it will be fun to watch.

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Hopefully, the coaching staff gets this team ready and forget about the events of the two recent series. The Rays are an awesome baseball team but the White Sox have played well against good teams this season. Hopefully, there is some merit to the idea that they play to their competition. The New York Yankees and Houston Astros are both World Series caliber teams in the American League and the White Sox did very well against both. This is where it ends, Go White Sox!

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