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

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
aleskel
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOTP - March 2015: You’re out, tobacco: Bill would ban products at all California baseball venues
(715 - 6:16am, Mar 06)
Last: DJS Fights the Night Mayor!

NewsblogArbitrator will decide whether Josh Hamilton should enter rehab - ESPN Los Angeles
(71 - 5:07am, Mar 06)
Last: Poster Nutbag

NewsblogUPDATE: X-rays confirm fractured left forearm for Giants' Hunter Pence, out 6-8 weeks - Giants Extra
(7 - 2:48am, Mar 06)
Last: Joyful Calculus Instructor

NewsblogPictures of New Ballpark Food Items « Ben's Biz Blog
(22 - 2:22am, Mar 06)
Last: PreservedFish

NewsblogMinor's absence opens opportunities for Stults | braves.com
(3 - 2:07am, Mar 06)
Last: boteman

Newsblog'Boring' Cardinals know how to win
(13 - 1:57am, Mar 06)
Last: boteman

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - March 2015
(310 - 1:14am, Mar 06)
Last: Fourth True Outcome

NewsblogPositive Howard looking forward, not behind
(34 - 11:53pm, Mar 05)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogJoe Posnanski's Top 100 Players: No. 40: Eddie Collins
(44 - 11:49pm, Mar 05)
Last: Booey

NewsblogBryan Price wants Reds to run like Pete Rose
(43 - 11:10pm, Mar 05)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogEthier must prove his worth in crowded outfield | MLB.com
(10 - 11:02pm, Mar 05)
Last: Walt Davis

Newsblog‘I thought the bat looked slow': Scouts on A-Rod | New York Post
(26 - 10:59pm, Mar 05)
Last: bbmck

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 1902 Ballot
(21 - 10:45pm, Mar 05)
Last: lieiam

NewsblogDavid Wright’s stand is how Mets foster Yankees-like intensity | New York Post
(8 - 10:12pm, Mar 05)
Last: Howie Menckel

NewsblogOT: NBC.news: Valve isn’t making one gaming console, but multiple ‘Steam machines’
(1592 - 9:11pm, Mar 05)
Last: Random Transaction Generator

Page rendered in 0.1568 seconds
47 querie(s) executed