Chicago White Sox Need to Capitalize on Interleague Series
May didn’t begin the way the Chicago White Sox would have hoped, with two straight losses to division rival Cleveland Indians. Thanks to ninth-inning heroics by Dayan Viciedo, the White Sox managed to avoid starting the second month of the season by being swept. With last night’s win in the first game of the Crosstown Classic against the Chicago Cubs, the White Sox have won two in a row and are in a seven-game stretch of interleague play, facing the second-to-worst and worst teams in the National League. They need to use this time wisely to gain momentum for the rest of the month.
After three more games against the Cubs, the White Sox continue May with a weekend homestand against the Arizona Diamondbacks, a team that has struggled from the very first pitch it faced in Australia in March. At 11-24, the Diamondbacks boast the worst record in the NL and the second-to-worst winning percentage in baseball, 0.001 ahead of the Houston Astros.
Just because the Cubs and Diamondbacks have bad records obviously doesn’t mean that these games should be taken lightly, especially the Cubs series. Any team feasibly has a chance to win on any given day. It does mean, however, that the White Sox have an interesting opportunity presented to them.
May is the perfect time to start building season momentum, after easing off of the transitory period between spring and season that April often embodies. After the series against the Diamondbacks, the White Sox head to California for three games against the Oakland Athletics, who sit atop the AL West with a 19-13 record as of now. Getting a boost before that series from successful interleague play would be a big benefit for the White Sox.
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