If the White Sox want to be players in the American League Central, then now is the time to make ground in the division. After beating the Red Sox last night, the White Sox now have a record of 20-23 and are finally playing like a professional baseball team should.
The White Sox have a golden opportunity to gain ground over the next two weeks on the first place Cleveland Indians. The pale hose play 16 out of their next 23 games at home, while the Tribe will play a stretch against some of the baseball’s best teams including the Detroit Tigers, Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds.
The White Sox, on the other hand, have a relatively easy schedule after the Red Sox leave town, as they play a stretch against the Florida Marlins and the crosstown Chicago Cubs.
Where the White Sox have really gotten lucky this season is the slow start of the Tigers. With the type of talent the Tigers have, that should give the White Sox all that much more incentive to start playing good, consistent baseball. It’s just a matter of time before the motor city kitties kick it in gear.
The next two weeks are critical for the White Sox, as they need to prove to management and to their fan base that they are contenders and not just pretenders in the division race.
If the recent offensive and defensive surge doesn’t continue, the White Sox could be sellers when the trade deadline nears in late July.