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Friday, September 16, 2022

The Chicago White Sox Are Eyeing a Playoff Spot in the Last Three Weeks of Season

    The Chicago White Sox have awakened from their season slumber after their skipper, Tony La Russa, went down with an undisclosed illness a couple of weeks ago and now have a good chance to make the postseason in 2022. The Sox have won seven of their last ten games, and as of today, they’re three games behind the Cleveland Guardians for the lead in the AL Central standings. The rise of the White Sox can be attributed to the surprising surge in offense―most notably the increase in homeruns over the last month. Players like Eloy Jimenez, Jose Abreu, and recent acquisition Elvis Andrus have led the charge toward taking control of the Central Division in recent weeks, and the team has kept pace with the Guardians in their quest for first place.

    The team has seemingly been at less than full strength for the majority of the season and have struggled mightily because of it. However, Tim Anderson is expected to return sometime next week from a hand injury, and Luis Robert is day-to-day and is expected to return soon as well. The Sox will be at full strength for the first time in a long time and can make a strong push for the division lead as there will most likely be one team from the AL Central to make the playoffs.

Jose Abreu

    There will be a slight dilemma when Tim Anderson returns to action because Elvis Andrus has been playing so well at shortstop in his absence. It’s a nice problem to have, but the Sox will have to find a way to make room for the All-Star shortstop in the starting lineup. A viable solution would be to move Andrus to second base when Anderson returns so that the team will have both of their bats in the lineup.

    So, will the White Sox make the playoffs? Time will tell, and if the White Sox bats continue to sizzle and the pitching and defense hold up, they have a strong chance to make the postseason. The key to success will be to win each of their remaining series―especially the final matchups against rivals Minnesota and Cleveland.

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