On the heels of their second straight win over the Minnesota Twins, the Chicago White Sox erased their deficit in the AL Central Tuesday night, reclaiming first place in a division deadlock with the Detroit Tigers.
As July and the MLB trade deadline come to a close, the White Sox have hung around the top of the standings longer than most experts had envisioned back in spring training. The White Sox may make yet another deal this week to improve the team's chances of holding off the Tigers, following the team's acquisition of Kevin Youkilis and Brett Myers this past month.
The White Sox have definitely not coasted to their lofty position in first place, however, recently snapping a five-game losing streak, three losses of which came at the hands of the Tigers this past weekend.
Including their last two wins over the Twins, the White Sox are 5-7 since the All-Star break. They have allowed Detroit back in the race, and after their trade with the Marlins on Monday, the Tigers are set up for another run at the division crown.
With the division races heating up and the flurry of trade activity around the league this past week, the White Sox still find themselves in the conversation of playoff contenders.
Let's take a statistical look at how the White Sox got to this point, as well as spot any trends that might forecast what direction the team is going in during the run to the playoffs.