Sox Lose Divisional Lead But All Not Lost

The South Siders now trail Detroit by a game in the AL Central. With a week left in regular season, time is of the essence if this overachieving team hopes to land a spot in the playoffs.

The team has a very good top-to-bottom lineup and a solid pitching staff. The way Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko have been playing this season combined with the emergence of some unsung heroes on both sides of the mound, these Sox could potentially surprise a few teams once they get in the playoffs. To make the postseason run they are going to need to be the divisional winner, which allows them to set up their pitching rotation and start the series at home. Chicago’s typically cool October helps them immensely, especially as postseason games get late starts to accommodate the TV networks that need a national audience to drive advertising revenues. Facing teams like Baltimore and the Rangers give the Sox home-field advantage based on climate alone.

No one on the White Sox is having as big a season as Miguel Cabrera but they can still make a run very similar to those of other teams in the past. The Cardinals snuck into the dance last year and ended up eating the whole enchilada.

This is not to say that the Sox are a team of destiny but the city would certainly rally around the positive energy of an autumn playoff run after a long hot summer of discontent.