The Chicago White Sox have some AL Central rivals also competing in the playoffs.
The Chicago White Sox have a winner take all game-three with the Oakland A’s today. They may win and advance to play the Houston Astros in the ALDS or lose and go home after the first round. Either way, at least they won a single playoff game. Our friends from the American League Central that made the playoffs can’t really say the same. Both the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins are out after being swept.
The Minnesota Twins went into the playoffs as the AL Central Champions for the second straight year. They were feeling good about themselves as they finally didn’t have to play the New York Yankees anymore. They drew the Houston Astros who are the first team in American League history (120 years) to make the playoffs as a sub-.500 team. It seemed like it would be a breeze but the Astros won both games to give Minnesota their 17th and 18th straight postseason losses. It was tough to see for sure.
The Cleveland Indians were probably the hottest team in the division going into the playoffs. They had the Cy Young Award winner in Shane Bieber on the mound and a brilliant set of arms to follow him. The problem is that Gerrit Cole outperformed Bieber and the New York Yankees owned his pitches all night in the first game. Then in game two, it was much more back and forth than the first game and was incredibly exciting to watch but the Yankees pulled out the win in the 9th inning. The Indians probably should have never let Gio Urshela go.
Now, the White Sox need to make all of this worth it by winning their series. It won’t be as fun if they don’t but they have the brightest future of the three teams. Minnesota isn’t getting any younger and the Indians might trade one of the best players who ever played for them in Francisco Lindor. For being the team that slumped into the playoffs, the White Sox seem to have already had a much better time than these two in said playoffs.
It should be a lot of fun to see these three teams compete against each other for years to come. No matter which direction any of them go in shouldn’t matter because the players always get up for these games. Add the Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers, who could have had worse seasons, and you have a really competitive division. Hopefully, this playoff run is the passing of the torch of the division to the White Sox for a long time.