Important July Against Division Crucial For White Sox

By Michael Turano

If the White Sox are going to be a contender in the American League central, then the next 19 games are going to be crucial. All of those games are against divisional opponents, and the Sox have not fared well against their own division this year up to this point.

The Sox are just 6-11 against AL central teams this year. Here is a quick breakdown of what the Sox have done against each team in their division this year:

Against CLE: 4-1
Against DET: 1-5
Against KC: 1-1
Against MIN: 0-4

They have obviously taken care of the Indians when they face them scoring 11 runs more than the Indians have scored in the total series. They have had their troubles against the Tigers not only record wise, but their run differential is pretty large. The Tigers have scored 36 runs in their season series with the White Sox only scoring 14. Finally, of course, the Sox have had their annual trouble with the Twins already this year going winless in the 4 games they have played them, one of those losses being a no-hitter, and scoring only 3 runs in the 4 games they have played them.

After an awful 10-18 April the White Sox have had back-to-back months playing over .500 baseball. The Sox had their usual nice run against interleague teams going 11-7 over that stretch and climbing back within 3.5 games of the top of the American League central. Before the All-Star break the Sox play a 3 game set against the Royals and a big 4 game set against the Twins. The Sox have been hot recently matching their longest winning streak (4) and winning 3 of their last 4 series. They cannot afford a bad stretch over the next 19 games and still plan on being relevant this summer. If the Sox want to take grab of this division they need to start by having a good next 7 games and going into the break over.500. After the break the Sox need to not slow down and continue to win series. To make the playoffs you have to win games against your division, and we will see if the White Sox have what it takes this July.

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