Chicago White Sox: Clinching scenarios against Cleveland
The Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers had their game on Wednesday canceled due to bad weather. The White Sox have a magic number of two so they are so close to clinching the American League Division title. They had a chance to do it on Wednesday before the news of it being canceled but they also needed some help from the Kansas City Royals.
Now, going into this series with the Cleveland Indians, their first win against them will clinch the American League Central for the first time since 2008. It is going to be a very exciting time because they haven’t done it much in franchise history.
It is a five-game series against them because a rainout earlier this season was added to a four-game series. There are plenty of opportunities to clinch by just getting one win. However, there is another issue at hand as well.
The White Sox want to go into the postseason feeling good about themselves. They need to rest up and make sure everyone is healthy for the playoffs but they also need to be firing on all cylinders. They were not good against the Detroit Tigers this week and it showed that they need to start worrying about that going into the playoffs.
The Chicago White Sox have a lot to play for to end the 2021 regular season.
Reynaldo Lopez, who was scheduled to start on Wednesday, is going to start the first game against Cleveland. The second game’s starter is still to be determined. Dylan Cease is going to go Friday. Lance Lynn and Lucas Giolito will go over the weekend. Dallas Keuchel is going to be the starter in the makeup game against the Tigers on Monday.
As mentioned before, clinching isn’t a matter of if rather than a matter of when. However, things need to start looking better. They have been a slightly better than .500 baseball team since the trade deadline. There are a lot of things that have factored into that but there can’t be any excuses anymore.
As tough as things were against the Tigers, people forget the good series before that against the Texas Rangers. They also defeated a very good team in the Boston Red Sox a couple of weekends ago. There have been some great times this season so it is okay to be excited about the postseason. When the Chicago White Sox win and clinch, seeing them celebrating and celebrating as fans is going to be a pure joy.