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White Sox: Cleveland Guardians take a 2-1 series lead in ALDS

CLEVELAND, OHIO - OCTOBER 15: Oscar Gonzalez #39 of the Cleveland Guardians celebrates with his team after hitting a two run single during the ninth inning against the New York Yankees in game three of the American League Division Series at Progressive Field on October 15, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OHIO - OCTOBER 15: Oscar Gonzalez #39 of the Cleveland Guardians celebrates with his team after hitting a two run single during the ninth inning against the New York Yankees in game three of the American League Division Series at Progressive Field on October 15, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /
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All season long, Chicago White Sox fans were shown how good the resurgent Cleveland Guardians are. They made the playoffs as the American League Central Division champions in a year that was supposed to be a retooling year.

They also have one of the five best prospect pools, one of the youngest teams in the league, and one of the cheapest payrolls. It just seems like everything they touch turns to gold. It is a team that the White Sox only wishes they could emulate.

Now that we are well into the 2022 MLB Postseason, the Guardians have not so surprisingly exceeded all expectations. Not only did they sweep the Tampa Bay Rays but they also now have a two games to one lead over the New York Yankees in the American League Division Series.

The two teams split the first two games which meant that this game three was extra important. You’d think that the team that wins that game would have a distinct advantage going forward. Well, that team is now the Guardians as they defeated the Yankees in comeback fashion.

The Chicago White Sox needs to learn from the Cleveland Guardians this year.

Aaron Judge finally got going in this game as he hit his first home run of the postseason. That got the game tied which made it feel like the Yankees were going to win after going down 2-0. Then, they carried a 5-3 lead into the ninth inning with a good chance to win the game.

Unfortunately for the Yankees, the Guardians hit five singles in the bottom of the ninth inning which lead to them scoring three runs and winning the game by a final score of 6-5. It was a very nice comeback win over the Yankees who would intimidate a lot of teams.

The Guardians outpitch most people that they play but they can also hit with the best of them. White Sox fans know all about that Cleveland lineup that has torched them all season long. That narrative that the AL Central would do nothing this postseason was completely wrong clearly.

So now the Guardians have this 2-1 series lead with a berth in the ALCS on the line. They only need one more victory to advance and the first try will come on Sunday night. Gerrit Cole is on the mound for the Yankees and Cal Quantrill will go for the Guardians.

It would honestly be nice to see the Guardians slay the New York Yankees dragon that always seems to be in the mix. We can only hope that the White Sox have learned a thing or two from this team going into the offseason.

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