The Chicago White Sox are in a tight division right now. It is only May but separating yourself from the pack is always important no matter what time of year it is. As of right now, the Cleveland Indians are the team that the White Sox are in the direct battle with for the top of the division. Obviously, anything can happen but all signs are pointing to these two battling for a while. It makes sense when you realize that the Indians and White Sox are both elite pitching teams.
The Chicago White Sox could have used some help from their crosstown rivals.
The Chicago Cubs did the White Sox no favors this week. The Cubs allowed the Indians to sweep them in a two-game series which kept them close to the White Sox who beat the Minnesota Twins on both days. We usually don’t really root for the Cubs on any given occasion but it would have been nice to see them take out the Indians in at least one of the two games but they lost them both.
After a recent stretch of hot play, it looked like the Cubs had a chance in the series. With studs like Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez, Willson Contreras, and Kris Bryant, you would think that they could win at least one game. That wasn’t the case though. Their hot streak is officially over and they are stuck in fourth place at 17-19. That team has a lot of work to do but it is now back to worrying about other people playing the Indians again. The Cubs couldn’t help at all.
There was somewhat of an excuse in the first game. Shane Bieber was on the Cleveland mound and he beats almost everyone he faces as he is a true Cy Young candidate again after winning it in 2020. The Cubs got to him a little bit but not enough to win the game.
In the second game, the Cubs led 1-0 but allowed Cleveland to tie it at 1 not long after in the same inning. The game went all the way into the 10th inning. Although the Cubs threatened in extras, they couldn’t get a run across the plate. In the bottom of the 10th, the Indians won the game and swept the Cubs right out of Cleveland.
The White Sox just need to keep winning their own games that way they won’t have to rely on bad teams like the Cubs later in the season. The Sox did a great job taking care of the Minnesota Twins in the first two games of three with the third being played later today.