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Friday, September 16, 2005

Will The White Sox Hold On?

Sorry Bro, but I've got to say something about this. The once insurmountable AL Central lead the Chicago White Sox held is now down to a mere 4.5 games. I had to rub my eyes when I saw it too. Four and a half games over the surging Cleveland Indians, who have also taken the lead in the AL Wild Card race (albeit by a scant half a game over the Yankees). So, in the last ten days, the White Sox have lost five games in the race. Five in Ten. Ouch.

So, will Ozzie rally the troops and get this team back on track? Entering the playoffs during a slump is not healthy. Will they get stomped in the playoffs? Freddy Garcia is going to miss his next start due to injury. He was 3-4 over his last 10 starts. Mark Buhrle is 4-5 over his last 10 starts, including two losses at the hands of the Kansas City Royals. Jon Garland is 3-5 over his last 10 starts. What gives? All those IP wearing at the starters? Did Ozzie run the steam out of his team?

We'll have to wait and find out, but there are still SEVEN games between the White Sox and Indians, including the last three of the season in Cleveland. Talk about Must See TV. I'm rooting for the White Sox over the Indians, believe it or not (see K&S?), but they're making it really interesting. However, I have a feeling that they may have run out of gas before the end of the race.

They have three in Minnesota that are going to be far from easy. Matt will be watching those, I'm sure. Garland vs. Scott Baker and his seventh MLB start. Edge Garland?

I'm ready to find out.

Oh, and The Cheat over at South Side Sox thinks the White Sox are in for sure. Just thought I'd throw that in the mix.


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