Tracking White Sox standings, playoff odds originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
The White Sox’s deficit in the AL Central has fluctuated this season, but it’s never exceeded six and a half games – until now.
The Guardians completed a three-game sweep over the White Sox on Thursday at the guaranteed rate field, taking the Sox down to seven games with 12 games remaining.
The sweep brings Cleveland closer to wrapping things up and wrapping up AL Central. They could do it this weekend, with some help.
Here’s everything you need to know about the White Sox’s position in the playoff picture with 12 games to go.
AL Central standings (through Thursday)
1. Guardians: 83-67
2. White Sox: 76-74 (seven games back)
3. Twins: 73-77 (10 back games)
4. Royals (eliminated)
5. Tigers (eliminated)
AL Wild Card standings (top 3 qualified)
1. Blue Jays: 84-66 (+1 1/2 games)
2. Rays: 83-67 (+ 1/2 game)
3. Sailors: 82-67 ( – )
4. Orioles: 78-71 (four games back)
5. White Sox: 76-74 (6 1/2 return games)
Head-to-head records (tie-break)
White Sox: 2-4 to Blue Jays (lost in tiebreaker), 4-2 to Mariners (won), 4-2 to Rays (won), 2-5 to Orioles (lost)
Goalies: 12-7 against the White Sox (tie-breaker)
In the event of a tie in the standings, the head-to-head record will serve as the first tiebreaker this season. There will be no Game 163.
The Guardians’ magic number to clinch the AL Central is five – which is why Cleveland secured the tiebreaker over the White Sox.
The number of eliminations for the White Sox in the wild card race is seven.
A look at some White Sox playoff odds, according to FanGraphs, going into Thursday’s series finale against the Guardians:
- Winning the division: 0.8% chance
- Landing a joker spot: 2.5%
- Make the playoffs: 3.3%
White Sox (12 games): vs. Tigers (three), vs. Twins (three), vs. Padres (three), vs. Twins (three)
Mariners (13 games): at the Royals (three), against the Rangers (three), against the A’s (three), against the Tigers (four)
Guardians (12 games): v Rangers (three), v Rays (three), v Royals (six)
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