The Chicago White Sox managed to win three of five in Cleveland and then take the makeup game on Monday against the Detroit Tigers. That really helped them go into the playoffs with a much better-looking road record. They finish the 2021 season with a 40-41 record away from Guaranteed Rate Field.
It doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things as long as they are in the playoffs but nobody wants to have a bad record on the road. It is hard to win away from home and it is the sign of a good team if they can.
It is the first time that the Chicago White Sox finish a season with 40 wins or more on the road since 2012. That 2012 team missed the playoffs after blowing a big division lead but they were still a very good baseball team.
40-41 is still under .500 but it is a wild improvement from where it was earlier in the season. They should be proud of themselves because they won some very tough games in some very tough buildings. The roster has been different all year long so you can’t take too much stock in these records but it is good to see them bring it this much closer to .500.
At home, things have been a different story. They still have five more games at Guaranteed Rate Field to close the season but they are currently 49-27 at home. Their next home win will be their 50th which is another fantastic milestone. They have tread water on the road and dominated at home. That is exactly what elite teams in Major League Baseball need to do in order to be successful.
It is good that the Chicago White Sox ended their road schedule on a high note.
The White Sox, in all likelihood, are going to start the playoffs on the road. That is not a sure thing but it is trending in that direction. Their first-round opponent is going to be the Houston Astros in all likelihood which is one minor issue. Houston swept the White Sox out of town in their one meeting there.
However, as mentioned before, the White Sox team that was swept in Houston is wildly different from the one that will be on the field in October. They are much healthier and they are all feeling good about their games. Both teams have had their ups and downs in the second half but the White Sox know that they can win.
Of course, seeing this White Sox team end their road schedule on a high note is a confidence booster for whenever they do head back out. We are all looking forward to these home playoff games but some road business might be needed before that gets going.