The Chicago White Sox have lost their second straight game to the Detroit Tigers. They have been up and down in the second half of the season but this series has been particularly annoying. They went up 3-0 on Monday night and blew it. On Tuesday, they looked like they were going to explode early but their 2-0 lead melted away as well. They lost 5-3 and are now looking to avoid getting swept on Wednesday.
This loss makes it where they can’t clinch on Tuesday which is the ultimate goal. Everyone wants to see them become the AL Central champions and the sooner the better. With the lead that they’ve had in the division all year long, it is easy to coast and see the urgency fall off a little bit. However, they need to snap out of it otherwise they will be out of the playoffs quickly.
Some people might see the Detroit Tigers as a bad team but that is not correct. They have the best record in the AL Central in the second half of the season. It is only slightly better than the White Sox but it is better nonetheless. They are a good team that is playing good baseball right now.
That isn’t much of an excuse for the White Sox but this Tigers team can’t be taken lightly. They have a pretty good pitching staff right now and some hitters who can create damage on a regular basis. We have seen plenty of that in this series so far.
The Chicago White Sox need to be better if they want to make a deep playoff run.
It is very important to note that the White Sox had a lot of hits in this game and didn’t capitalize. It isn’t good but it is better than not hitting at all. They are a few big hits away from destroying the Tigers in this game. It didn’t happen so the clinch will have to wait.
There are fans who might be concerned. They should be. It isn’t ideal to see the White Sox coasting the way that they are. We know how injured they have been this season but they are getting healthier by the day. They need everything to click at the right time and they will be fine but that isn’t happening right now.
It would be nice to see the White Sox clinch tomorrow. They play the Tigers one more time in Detroit with Reynaldo Lopez scheduled to start. He is set to face Casey Mize who is one of the great young pitchers in the league right now. It is going to be a big challenge. They need to bring their best stuff in order to win this one.