The magic number for the Chicago White Sox stands at 13 following their one-run victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night. Riding a five-game winning streak, the White Sox appear to be both confident and capable as they prepare to finish something most never thought possible when the season began.
If the White Sox were to win eight more games, the Detroit Tigers would be forced to play .800 baseball and go 12-3 in order to take the AL Central. That is a tall order, indeed.
Finishing off the pesky Royals, along with series at the Los Angeles Angles and versus the Tampa Bay Rays appear to be the more challenging tests they will face during the stretch run. As it stands, the White Sox will need to end the season strong in order to extend their run into the second week of October.
Now, there are a myriad of reasons for White Sox manager Robin Ventura to be excited about the chances his team will do just that, but three stand out.