Chicago White Sox: Three keys to winning AL Central

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The Chicago White Sox have a real good chance to win the American League Central Division.

Before the start of the 2020 season, many people selected the Chicago White Sox as a trendy pick to make the playoffs but not many of them had the Sox beating out the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians to win the American League Central division. Here we are now and the White Sox are alone in first, playing meaningful baseball in September. The days of the rebuild are in the rearview mirror.  They are about to embark on a crucial 17 game stretch in 17 days, which will decide whether or not the White Sox can capture their first division title since 2008. Eleven of those games will come against contending teams.

In a wild season where every game has added importance and the outside world is dealing with a global pandemic, a division title would be extra special for the southside. Throw in Jose Abreu and Tim Anderson’s MVP candidacy, Luis Robert being in line to win the Rookie of the Year, and Lucas Giolito throwing a no-hitter, it is shaping up to be a season to remember for Sox fans. A division crown would be a cherry on top.

While the White Sox will still make the postseason without a division crown, the difference could be a five seed difference. If the Sox take the division they will be a top-three seed. If they lose their lead they could fall all the way down to a 7 seed.  The White Sox has feasted on the lesser competition this year so seeding is very important if they want a ring at the end of October. If they want to win the division here are three things that must happen: