The Chicago White Sox are getting ready to start a series with the Minnesota Twins. It is going to be a fun four-game series between two long-time rivals in the American League Central. Right now, the White Sox have a 2.5 game advantage over the Cleveland Indians for first place in the division. The Minnesota Twins trail the White Sox by 11.5 games and are tied with the Kansas City Royals for last place in the division.
This is the beginning of a schedule advantage for the Chicago White Sox.
The White Sox only has four more series before the All-Star break in the middle of July. Two of them are against these Twins, and then there is one series each with the Detroit Tigers and Baltimore Orioles. All three of those teams are well out of the playoff chase as we stand right now. They have a combined record of 91-141 which is as bad as it gets in Major League Baseball.
The White Sox needs to take advantage of this schedule portion. They aren’t going to have a four-series span against teams with a record like that in a long time. This isn’t to say to take them easy because they will get creamed if they do that. This is saying that they need to buckle down and play their best baseball over the next few weeks. If they do that, they should go into the All-Star break with a solid lead in the division.
Meanwhile, the Cleveland Indians are getting the exact opposite break in their schedule. They have the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals in there which is nice for them but they also have the Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays during this run to the break. It doesn’t get easier once the break is over for them either as the Oakland Athletics, Tampa Bay Rays, and Houston Astros will welcome them into the second half.
Of course, the White Sox are trying to overcome some massive injuries to key players. That is tough to any organization, let alone one as young and fresh to winning as the Chicago White Sox. This portion of the schedule should allow them to play well and try and get a bit healthier in the process. If they are able to pad their lead in the division in the meantime, that is just an added bonus.
It all starts tonight in Minnesota with Lucas Giolito on the mound. Many still see him as the team’s ace despite some of his early-season struggles this year. Those that believe in him are going to be rewarded in short order. We can only hope that this is the beginning of a big run for the White Sox.