The Chicago White Sox should be completely ashamed of themselves. They went out and got swept at home in a series that was a must-win for them and the franchise. With the American League Central title on the line, they blew it.
Chicago came into this season with World Series level expectations. Unfortunately for everyone, they failed miserably to meet these expectations. They are just over .500 and will come in second place of the division they were supposed to dominate in.
The Cleveland Guardians have a payroll that is 130 million dollars cheaper than that of the Chicago White Sox. With that incredibly cheap roster, they go out together with a good manager and simply play better baseball. They run hard, are smart, pitch well, and hit when they need to.
After losing the first two to the Guardians, the White Sox came in needing a big win to avoid the sweep. Unfortunately, that was never going to be easy with Shane Bieber on the other mound. Johnny Cueto has been amazing this year too but Bieber is on another level.
The Chicago White Sox were swept by the Cleveland Guardians on Thursday.
It was interesting for a bit at first but Cleveland eventually pulled away enough to give themselves a 4-2 victory. It is a tough pill to swallow but the White Sox allowed themselves to be swept out of their own building by the team that they needed to sweep to have a chance.
After all of that, the Guardians now have a 7.0 game lead in the division so the White Sox are pretty much done. The magic number for Cleveland to win the division is now 5. The Wild Card is still kind of in play for the White Sox but don’t even slightly count on it.
Now, what do the White Sox do? Well, they have a weekend series coming up with the Detroit Tigers who they have had tremendous success with this season. They can go out there and play hard against a much weaker team and try to end their season on a strong note.
The players should be all in on trying to boost their chances of coming back next year because nobody should be safe after this awful 2022 season. It would be nice to see them end the season on a strong note but it is hard to imagine after this embarrassing sweep that Cleveland just laid on them.