The Chicago White Sox won their game during the afternoon on Wednesday. It was a great performance against a very good Seattle Mariners team that came into the series red hot. The White Sox won the series 2-1 which was desperately needed to stay in the race.
The White Sox also did this without Dylan Cease making one of the three starts. They now get to use him against the lowly Oakland A’s on Thursday night and didn’t miss a beat with him missing the series in Seattle.
It was clear that the White Sox could really use a bit of help on Wednesday night after beating those Mariners. With the A’s next on the schedule, it would be nice to see the White Sox have as small of a division deficit as they can get.
They got all of the help that they needed as the division came through for them. The Minnesota Twins lost both of their games to the New York Yankees (they played a doubleheader) so now the White Sox are tied with them for second place in the division.
The Twins also used up a lot of their bullpen as the first game went into extra innings. Getting past the Twins was always the first step to winning the division and now they are tied with them in the standings. The Yankees own the Twins and this was the latest example.
Everything that the Chicago White Sox needed to happen did on Wednesday.
As for the Cleveland Guardians, they were facing the Kansas City Royals who are not very good at all. After taking the first two games of the series, the Guardians had a 1-0 lead going into the 9th with their superstar closer entering the game.
Somehow, the Royals mounted a comeback and scored two runs in the bottom of the 9th to win the game and avoided being swept. That was the best thing that could happen for the Chicago White Sox as they are now back to being 2.0 games out of first place.
Everything that the White Sox needed to happen on Wednesday happened. The AL Central is a weak division so they need to take advantage of that. With the trip to Oakland on deck, they need to take care of their business over this four-game stretch.
Oakland has been a house of horrors for them in recent years but the team is really bad this year. If the White Sox can’t win the series against one of the worst teams in the league, they don’t deserve to win the division.