The Chicago White Sox took care of their own business on Saturday night against the Detroit Tigers. It wasn’t easy but they did what they needed to do against them to get the much-needed victory. It was a huge game for the White Sox in the standings.
They are 12-5 in their last 17 games and 7-3 in their last 10. You’d think a team like that would be in great shape when they are in a division race but that isn’t the case. Instead, the White Sox actually lost ground during this run because of the Cleveland Guardians.
On Saturday, the Guardians took a two-game doubleheader sweep over the Minnesota Twins. Just when the White Sox needed the Twins the most, they couldn’t even get it done one time. They are playing them five times in this series and have already lost the first three.
This is the 8th straight win for the Guardians over the Twins. If they end up holding onto the division lead and take the AL Central, the White Sox can take the Twins for that.
The Chicago White Sox can’t rely on the Minnesota Twins for anything right now.
Going into the second half, it looked like the White Sox would be battling the Twins but they have given it all away to Cleveland. Now, the White Sox sit 4.5 games back despite winning their Saturday game. The Twins can’t be relied on for anything.
However, these Twins do play the Guardians two more times on Sunday and Monday. The second game of the doubleheader went into the 15th inning which means both teams have to be spent as they almost played three baseball games in one day.
The White Sox have to hope it somehow benefits the Twins more. Chicago has their series finale against the Tigers and are off on Monday while these two finish their series. Nothing is set in stone by any means but the White Sox could really use some help here.
Following these weekend games, the White Sox and Guardians have their all-important three-game series against one another. The winner of the series could very well end up taking the division title right into the postseason. Hopefully, it is the Sox.