The Chicago White Sox even lose ground on off-days
The Chicago White Sox would have loved some help in the standings lately. They are on a tear as they are 13-5 since Miguel Cairo took over in the final days of August. However, the Cleveland Guardians have been just as good if not better so the White Sox have been unable to gain ground.
In fact, the Whtie Sox have lost some ground during that time because Cleveland has been close to perfect. Now, even on an off day, the Sox lost half a game to the Guardians because they won and the White Sox didn’t play.
The Minnesota Twins had eight games to play against the Guardians in September and have now gone 1-7 including 1-4 this weekend (a five-game series). They lost on Monday to make things very hard on the White Sox.
To be honest, the Twins have been abysmal and it is shocking. It was obvious all season long that they were a bit lucky to be in first place and that someone would catch them eventually. However, nobody thought they would fall this far out of it.
The Minnesota Twins did not help the Chicago White Sox at all this month.
This loss drops them under .500 as they are now 73-74. They are also 7.0 games behind the Guardians for first place in the division. They are also three games behind the White Sox for second place in the division.
For Monday, they had Sonny Gray on the mound and it did not go his way. He went just 2.0 innings giving up four runs on five hits with a walk. He only managed to get one strikeout in those two innings before leaving the game.
The rest of the Twins pitching staff that entered the game didn’t do too well either. In a game that they needed to win to keep their own hopes alive, they laid down and let the Guardians smoke them by a final score of 11-4.
Every Cleveland Guardians starter had at least one hit and most of them had two. Josh Naylor (White Sox fans know him well) hit a three-run home run to get the party started in Cleveland. From there, the offense took over for them.
Jose Ramirez, another White Sox slayer, had two hits, two runs scored, and an RBI to help his team to victory. He is one of the very best players in the world and he comes up big when the Guardians need him the most.
So with this 4.0 game deficit, the White Sox now hosts the Guardians for three games at Guaranteed Rate Field. It is the biggest series of the season for both teams as they will decide what happens in the division here.