The Chicago White Sox have lost two straight to the Detroit Tigers so they haven’t helped their own clinching cause since Sunday against the Texas Rangers. As a result, they have been asking for some help from the Kansas City Royals. On Monday, they really helped them by sweeping a doubleheader over Cleveland which is really nice. That brought the magic number down from four to two going into Tuesday.
Unfortunately, the White Sox had that aforementioned second straight loss to the Tigers so it stayed at two going into the third game of the series between the Indians and Royals. Cleveland was able to win that game over the Royals by a final score of 4-1. The Indians got out to a 3-0 lead early and then made it 4-0 a few innings later.
That magic number is going to stay at two for another day. The White Sox have a chance to clinch every day that both teams play for the rest of the season. The question isn’t whether they will clinch, it is just a matter of when. It is annoying that it is taking this long but there are a few different reasons for that. Between injuries and getting rest, they don’t have their full lineup on most days.
The White Sox haven’t played to their potential in a long time. We know what they are capable of but they have been coasting for most of the second half. They have known that they are going to the playoffs for a long time and it has shown lately. It is also a lot more magnified right now because of the fact that they are so close to clinching. Hopefully, they are able to end this magic number stuff soon.
The Chicago White Sox have a magic number of two going into Wednesday.
Chicago has one more with the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday. Reynaldo Lopez will try and beat Casey Mize who is one of the best young pitchers in all of baseball. A couple of hours after that game ends, Cleveland will play one more against Kansas City.
It is going to be really fun to see if the White Sox can finally get it done. Once that happens, they can officially start focusing on the postseason. They really need to start playing at an elite level again so that they go into the playoffs feeling good about themselves. If that happens, they can absolutely win the American League pennant and have a chance in the World Series.