Chicago White Sox: Tampa Bay gets revenge this time around
On Friday night, the Chicago White Sox played an incredible game against the Tampa Bay Rays. They ended up having a great extra-innings win over them after a nailbiter-type game. Tim Anderson and Lucas Giolito were the stars of the game and it allowed the White Sox to come away with a much-needed win over a very good team. However, the rest of the series didn’t go well for the White Sox as the Rays got their revenge.
Not only did they want revenge for their Friday night loss, but they also wanted revenge for their series back at Guaranteed Rate Field earlier this season. The Rays won on Saturday and Sunday in a somewhat dominating fashion which won them the series in Tampa Bay. It was tough for the White Sox but a lot of things contributed to this.
Both teams lost their first game of the series against each other at home and then followed it up by winning their next two. It makes you wonder how things would go if these two teams were to meet each other in the playoffs.
Tim Anderson carried the load offensively in the first game of the series. The White Sox would likely not have won had he not played in that game. He had a scheduled day off on Saturday and it showed. It became an issue when he was out of the lineup on Sunday, however, because they really could have used him to set the tone in that game.
The Chicago White Sox dealt with some adversity in a tough series with Tampa Bay.
Tony La Russa confirmed that Anderson could have played if it was the playoffs but his legs were still barking after Friday. He could have played if it were still the playoffs but they decided to give him the day off. It is clear that he is a great tone-setter because things don’t seem to be the same when he isn’t there.
On the season, the White Sox played the Rays six times and went 3-3. It is two elite teams that played each other well and each took advantage of their home ballparks. It is going to be a lot of fun seeing each team compete down the stretch.
The Sox have another really tough series ahead. They are headed up to Canada to take on the Toronto Blue Jays. They are in a tough playoff race as well and a big series against this great White Sox team is going to be a tough test. As for the White Sox, this is another opportunity to beat a really good team with a really good lineup.