Chicago White Sox: Magic number down to the teens after win

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The Chicago White Sox defeated the Kansas City Royals by a final score of 10-7. They did so by mostly having a bullpen game after Reynaldo Lopez started a decent game. It was one of those games where someone like Salvador Perez of the Kansas City Royals had a great day at the plate to make things interesting but the White Sox offense exploded themselves.

The White Sox are clearly a team that can win games in multiple different ways. They win pitcher’s duels and they win offensive games like the one on Saturday. That is why they have a record of 79-57. With the White Sox win and the Cleveland Indians loss, their magic number to clinch a postseason berth went from 20 to 18. They are officially in the teens.

The Cleveland Indians are not really in a position to make a deep postseason run. They are out of time and they were sellers at the trade deadline. All clinching would do is make it official but it is a big deal for White Sox fans. This team is going to make it the first time that the White Sox have ever made the playoffs two years in a row. For a 120-year-old team, it is pretty sad but the future is where it’s at.

It was exciting to see the White Sox win a game as they did on Saturday night. The entire season has been about pitching and getting by while we wait for some stars to get healthy. Now, the stars are healthy and the offense is there.

The 2021 Chicago White Sox are an incredibly fun team to watch right now.

Things are better when guys like Yasmani Grandal, Luis Robert, and Eloy Jimenez are there to help out guys like Jose Abreu, Yoan Moncada, Andrew Vaughn, and Tim Anderson when it comes to producing runs. That was what we saw happen when the White Sox scored double-digit runs again. It would be nice to see the bats swing like this when the playoffs begin.

The White Sox have another one later today against the Royals and the Indians have one against the Red Sox. After that, the White Sox start a very tough series against the Oakland A’s in the bay area. Meanwhile, the Indians will be home to face the Minnesota Twins. The roles will be reversed a little bit as the White Sox have a tough opponent while the Indians have a little bit easier of a team to face.

By no means should anyone be scared of Cleveland catching the White Sox. In fact, the Sox are in as good of a spot as they could possibly be in right now. However, seeing them officially clinch again will be great news for the franchise so it is fun to root for. Regardless, we still need them to go into the playoffs as hot as possible.

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