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You get the sense that no team from the AL Central really wants to go the playoffs. It's been the ugliest division in the American League all season long, and it's not getting any prettier.
The White Sox have spent over 100 days in first place this season, but they're not doing a very good job of putting the division away. Their recent five-game win streak has since been rendered a moot point by a five-game losing streak in which they've averaged 1.6 runs per game.
Offense has definitely been a problem for the White Sox this month; they're only hitting .246 as a team, and they've scored fewer runs than the Cleveland Indians (yikes).
On the bright side, six of Chicago's remaining 10 games are against those very same Indians. The White Sox have handled them to the tune of an 8-4 record this season, and their bats should be able to get going against an Indians pitching staff that has a 4.65 ERA this month and a 5.20 ERA since the All-Star break.
Don't be surprised if the White Sox get a new win streak going right away. They now host the Indians for three games, and the series will see them run both Chris Sale and Jake Peavy out to the mound.
The White Sox will need as much momentum as they can get, as after the Indians will come the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays have won five games in a row, and they're slated to throw James Shields, Jeremy Hellickson and David Price at the White Sox in a four-game series that kicks off on Thursday.
The Tigers, meanwhile, have seven games left against Kansas City and three games left against Minnesota. Those don't look like tough matchups on paper, but the Royals and Twins are tied for the best record in the AL Central this month.
In the event that the White Sox lose their lead in the AL Central, they can't look to the wild card as a Plan B. For the AL Central, that ship has sailed.
Odds of Winning AL Central: 5/2
Odds of At Least Earning Wild-Card Berth: 20/1