2. Barometer Test
The Chicago White Sox are going to face some really good teams to try and stack up.
The White Sox have been able to beat up on some bad competition this season. Let’s face it, the AL Central is bad. Three of the five teams have losing records. The White Sox have had the luxury of beating up on the Twins, Royals, and Tigers. They have also faced the lowly, Orioles, Rangers, and Mariners. The White Sox have feasted on this weak competition. That’s not a knock on the White Sox. You play the schedule you are dealt and the White Sox have handled their business.
The White Sox’s first true test of the season is when they traveled to New York to face the Yankees. They failed miserably and got swept. However, their next series came against the first-place Cardinals and they took two of three. The upcoming games against the Blue Jays, Rays, and Astros should serve as a good benchmark for where the White Sox are at.
Each of these teams has a record of over .500. The Blue Jays are similar to the White Sox. A young talented team that has a lineup full of players who rake. The Astros and Rays each have a championship pedigree. Both have played in the World Series in the past couple of years. If the White Sox want to be the best they need to beat the best.