The Chicago White Sox wake up this morning in first place of the AL Central.
It wasn’t the prettiest game of all time but the Chicago White Sox managed to win on Friday night against the Kansas City Royals. You can’t absolutely destroy everyone you play in every single game because they are Major League Baseball teams after all. They Royals going into the game at 12-19 means nothing once the first pitch is thrown. You have to give it your best every single day to come out with a winning record in this league.
Well, the White Sox made plenty of mistakes but good teams figure out ways to win games they don’t necessarily deserve to. Luis Robert started the Sox off nicely with a solo shot to go up 1-0 but the Royals came back and made things interesting. They tied the game in the top of the ninth on a pretty bad looking play made by the White Sox that was capped off by Yasmani Grandal not looking at the baseball when it was being thrown to him.
Grandal obviously wasn’t happy with his mistake but he made up for it in a big way when he blasted one in the bottom of the ninth to give the White Sox a 6-5 win. It was a great scene as Grandal was finally able to come through big for his new team for the first time. Hopefully, this is a sign of what’s to come for him on the South Side.
The Minnesota Twins had their doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers rained out so the White Sox winning slid them into a three-way tie with them and the Cleveland Indians for first place in the American League Central Division. Only the Los Angeles Dodgers (+82) and Indians (+44) have a better run differential in all of baseball than the White Sox (+42). That is a great sign that they will be able to sustain this success that they are having.
It is no joke that they wake up this morning in first as that is a very impressive feat. If they can hang on, it will be their first division title since 2008 which was also the last time they made the playoffs. They likely aren’t going to have to win the division to make the playoffs this year but it would be nice to see them finish on top. You never know where things go on the playoffs so this is a time to get excited. Tonight, they need to do what they did last night and just try to find a way to win a baseball game.