Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Saturday, September 08, 2001

White Sox serious about catching Tribe

Cleveland’s pitching is suspect enough that the Sox could catch them. Whoulda thunk it two months ago?

The Original Gary Posted: September 08, 2001 at 09:57 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags:

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. RichRifkin Posted: September 09, 2001 at 06:51 PM (#72530)
With 20 games remaining, the Indians lead the White Sox by 8 games, the Twins by 7. Despite its below-par pitchers, the Indians have shown no reason why they will collapse down the stretch. There is, in fact, no evidence to suggest Cleveland won't play above .500 ball the rest of the way. They have gained 5 games on .500 over the last 3 weeks.

But just for argument's sake, say the Indians go 8-12 from here on out. That would give Cleveland a final record of 89-73. For the White Sox to match that, they would have to finish 16-4; the Twins would need 15-5. The slumping Twins are much more likely to go 5-15 than 15-5. And the White Sox, while hot, have never played .800 ball over a 20 game stretch this season.

Conclusion? The White Sox may make it a bit closer - say down to 5 games at the end - but they won't catch the Tribe. Unfortunately, there is no drama in any of the American League races, including the Wild Card.
   2. The Original Gary Posted: September 10, 2001 at 01:54 AM (#72531)
Rich, you are correct of course. It could happen only because of the head to head matchups. Cleveland won today so that probably takes care of the division as Chicago needed to sweep.
   3. Big Ed Posted: September 10, 2001 at 05:42 PM (#72532)
The Sox needed to sweep this series, and the blew back-to-back games in the 8th and 9th innings (tied in the eighth, won in the ninth). If they had swept the series, they'd have been four back with, I think, three left to play against Cleveland. Nine back now is too far. Time to get Joe Crede 20 ML games under his belt.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Randy Jones
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogFrancona ... points to Tomlin in rotation for ALDS
(4 - 8:52am, Sep 26)
Last: PreservedFish

NewsblogOTP 25 September 2017: CC Sabathia won’t visit the White House if the Yankees win the World Series
(407 - 8:49am, Sep 26)
Last: Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant

NewsblogThe case for Jose Altuve as the American League MVP, and a look at the rest of the contenders
(67 - 8:45am, Sep 26)
Last: Fancy Crazy Town Banana Pants Handle

NewsblogSilverman: Yankees-Red Sox Is Exactly What MLB Postseason Needs
(1 - 8:34am, Sep 26)
Last: ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick

NewsblogOlney: Derek Jeter must make impossible decision about Giancarlo Stanton's future - Buster Olney Blog- ESPN
(64 - 8:32am, Sep 26)
Last: David Nieporent (now, with children)

Newsblog24 years ago, Nolan Ryan pitched in his final game - Houston Chronicle
(26 - 8:25am, Sep 26)
Last: Lassus

NewsblogOMNICHATTER is #blessed #justsaying #winning #nofilter, for September 25, 2017
(85 - 1:47am, Sep 26)
Last: Bote Man

NewsblogOT - August/September 2017 College Football thread
(259 - 11:36pm, Sep 25)
Last: cmd600

Gonfalon Cubs15 To Go
(106 - 11:30pm, Sep 25)
Last: Meatwad

NewsblogTaking Back the Ballparks - Tampa Bay Rays
(29 - 11:15pm, Sep 25)
Last: Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com

NewsblogThe Braves in 2018: Snitker could return, but much will change | Mark Bradley blog
(3 - 10:30pm, Sep 25)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogRobinson Cano hits 300th home run | MLB.com
(45 - 9:54pm, Sep 25)
Last: DanG

NewsblogJacob deGrom reaches significant 200-inning plateau for first time in career
(7 - 9:35pm, Sep 25)
Last: Adam Starblind

Sox TherapyRoster Thoughts
(11 - 9:19pm, Sep 25)
Last: Textbook Editor

NewsblogAlbert Pujols is having the worst season for a 37-year-old in MLB history
(61 - 8:58pm, Sep 25)
Last: Lars6788

Page rendered in 0.2200 seconds
46 querie(s) executed