The Chicago White Sox won a big game on Thursday afternoon when they beat the Minnesota Twins on the road. Lucas Giolito was on the mound and he had an okay game. He was good enough to get the ball to the bullpen with a chance to win.
Thanks to a lot of hustle from Mark Payton late in the game, the White Sox were able to pull out a big win to end what was an eight-game winning streak. Now, they don’t have to go into their weekend series on a nine-game losing streak which is nice.
The White Sox are going to southern California to face the San Diego Padres in what promises to be a fantastic series between two teams that hardly ever play each other. However, they are connected in a few ways.
Of course, you know about the Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. fiascos along with the fact that the Padres seem to beat the White Sox to every player they are looking at on the free agent or trade market. That makes for a fun matchup.
The Chicago White Sox can spoil things for the San Diego Padres this weekend.
This is also an opportunity for the White Sox to play spoiler. The Padres are in the middle of the National League Wild Card race which is heating up with under a week to go. They are by no means a lock to make the playoffs and the White Sox can impact that.
If the White Sox show up and play well, they will hurt San Diego’s chances of making it. If they don’t, the Padres will clinch and make it after what was a tough year for them all around. It means nothing for the White Sox and everything for the Padres.
The White Sox can learn a lot from San Diego. They struggled hard in 2021 and were one of the most disappointing teams in the league. Sound familiar? They tweaked a few things during the offseason and now they are back in contention.
Hopefully, the White Sox can take away from that and be in the same position this time next year. The Sox don’t have the Los Angeles Dodgers in their division either which makes things easier right away.
Davis Martin will be on the mound for this one to start the series which is a nice story. He has been a good player this year and deserves credit for pitching in hard situations. We can only hope that the White Sox can play well and spoil things for them.