Chicago White Sox: Can’t be happy with just clinching playoffs

Vincent Parise
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The Chicago White Sox need to start playing with more urgency.

The Chicago White Sox are one of the best teams in the American League. They have proved it time and time again. People who don’t believe it just simply don’t pay much attention to baseball or are just haters. They were the first American League team to clinch after beating the Minnesota Twins who have been a thorn in their side all season long. With that said, they haven’t been very good since clinching a berth in the 2020 postseason.

You can’t get lazy or think everything is going to be easy now that they are a good team. On Monday night, it looked like that was the case. The Cleveland Indians played a much better baseball game than them and earned a big victory as they are looking to secure their playoff spot.

Cleveland went up 3-0 early on the White Sox and eventually got it up to 4-0. Dane Dunning struggled early but was eventually able to make some adjustments. The White Sox were able to make it 4-4 thanks to some clutch hitting by Jose Abreu and Eloy Jimenez but then blew it again and lost 7-4. They didn’t even really deserve to have a chance in the game which is a credit to their offense. They need to figure this out and recreate the urgency that they had prior to clinching.

In the last month, this team has been borderline unstoppable. They have shown that they can beat pretty much anyone on their schedule if they play hard so we can go forward knowing that they can get back to that level.

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They might draw Cleveland in the first round so it would be nice to see the Sox figure it out against them. There are three more games this week against the Indians so a few more chances to redeem themselves. It starts tonight with Reynaldo Lopez on the mound.  The offense needs to wake up a little bit and show this kid some support as he tries to have his third good start in a row. A division title might be on the line so hopefully, they figure it out with some urgency.

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