Chicago White Sox: This could be the playoff clinching series
The Chicago White Sox just took a series from the Texas Rangers. It was a hard-fought series against a team that doesn’t have much hope right now. However, they deserve respect because they play good teams well. After taking two of three from them, the White Sox now has a magic number of four. They are so close to being the American League Central Champions for the first time since 2008.
This week they are off to Michigan to continue their long road trip. They will begin a three-game series with the Detroit Tigers. This is a series that the team has a chance to clinch the division going into it. The Tigers play them tough which is a concern but the White Sox need to play some great baseball to end the season.
Matt Manning, Tyler Alexander, and Casey Mize are scheduled to pitch against the White Sox in this series. Carlos Rodon, Dallas Keuchel, and Reynaldo Lopez are the scheduled starters for the White Sox.
Rodon is getting his second to last start of the season in this series. Tony La Russa skipped his start against the Texas Rangers to get him some extra rest. He’ll go in this series against the Tigers and that has been the plan for a few days now. It will be good for him to have enough rest before the playoffs while still maintaining his form. Dallas Keuchel and Reynaldo Lopez, on the other hand, are pitching for spots on the playoff roster.
The Chicago White Sox need all hands on deck to finish the regular season strong.
There are some bats to keep an eye on in this series. You want everyone to feel good going into the postseason. Yasmani Grandal and Yoan Moncada have both been red hot so it would be nice to see them keep it up. These on-base machines are big parts of the offense which should help them produce a lot of runs once the playoffs begin.
Tim Anderson has been taking lots of days off to make sure his legs are ready for the postseason. When Anderson is healthy, young players like Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, Yoan Moncada, and Andrew Vaughn seem to follow his lead. The lineup is so much better with them all in there playing so well.
Jose Abreu is looking to win the RBI title for the third straight season. He is looking to stay in that race all series long against the Tigers. He is right there with Salvador Perez for the league lead right now. There is a couple of players behind them by a few but it seems like it is going to come down to these two studs. Hopefully, Abreu is able to cash in a few times during this series.
We all know 2005 as the magical year that the White Sox won the World Series. They clinched the playoffs in that season playing the Tigers in Detroit. The White Sox are hoping they can repeat history in more ways than one this year. It has been a great year so it would be nice to see them finally get it done.