This week, SSS service geezer Leigh Allan rejoins his son, Will, as a West Coast correspondent, and they take a look at the difficult final two-week segment of the White Sox program. Alright, the alone difficult two-week segment of the White Sox calendar.
The two have spoken often about how this stretch would show how good the Sox are (or not) and guess what! It showed next to nothing, at least at the team level.
This is partly because a 7-7 division doesn’t show much, but also because all four series in question had quirks. The White Sox missed Yasmani Grandal all the time, Carlos Rodón most of the time and Tim Anderson for a few games; the Yankees were pretty much missing their entire team; the Sox nearly killed the A’s top pitcher in the second inning of Game 2, leading to a devastated opponent; the Rays gave the White Sox a game with an unusually horrible defense, then Dallas Keuchel first, then all the Sox staff decided to double the cuteness; and the Toronto series was more booming than a gold rush.
Which brings us to this other team in town. Will it be a sweep for the White Sox? Will it be just two out of three? Will the Sox achieve Will’s prediction of a five-dinger play-off game?
Of course, there’s still time to talk about the wonder of the starting pitchers (mostly), the horror of the relievers (mostly), and to celebrate not only the return of Yasmani Grandal, but the fact that it means we don’t won’t have to watch Zack Collins try to play baseball anymore.
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