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Chicago White Sox: Clinching scenarios for Thursday

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - SEPTEMBER 12: Edwin Encarnacion #23 (L) and Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox celebrate a win over the Detroit Tigers at Guaranteed Rate Field on September 12, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Tigers 14-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - SEPTEMBER 12: Edwin Encarnacion #23 (L) and Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox celebrate a win over the Detroit Tigers at Guaranteed Rate Field on September 12, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Tigers 14-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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The Chicago White Sox have a chance (again) to clinch a postseason berth this afternoon.

Last night, the Chicago White  Sox didn’t take care of their business against the Minnesota Twins in their third game of a four-game series. However, they were given a bit of help from some friends across the league. They went into the day yesterday with a magic number of two and would clinch a postseason berth if they won, if the Kansas City Royals defeated the Detroit Tigers, and if the San Francisco Giants defeated the Seattle Mariners.

Well, two of the three happened as both the Tigers and Mariners lost. The White  Sox didn’t win so the magic number falls to one. It is cool but at the same time frustrating that the White Sox weren’t able to take advantage of the gifts they received. It’s okay, however, as they have a chance to get it done today.

The good news is that they don’t really need any help. If they win, they are in and it is that simple. The next time they win a baseball game they will be a team that has clinched a playoff berth. Those are usually the most fun anyway because if you win you can celebrate with your teammates. The celebrations are going to be a little bit different this year but they will be there nonetheless.

It isn’t fun to think this way, but there is also a scenario that the White Sox can clinch without winning. It is exactly the same as yesterday. If the Tigers and Mariners lose, the Sox are in. It isn’t fun to clinch on days you lose but it is a possibility. Hopefully, the Sox can get clinched the fun way.

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If they are to do so, they need their offense to be better than it was last night. Yesterday was one of the rare occasions that their offense was bland. We have gotten so used to them mashing that we forgot what it was like for it to go dry for a night. Reynaldo Lopez is going to be on the mound so it can be iffy but you never know what can happen. Hopefully, he is able to get plenty of run support and good work from the bullpen following him.

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