The Chicago White Sox are going to need help if they are to make the 2012 MLB postseason. In fact, the White Sox will have to win the remaining three games and the first-place Detroit Tigers will have to lose all three in Kansas City just to force an AL Central playoff game in order to make the postseason.
Going into Monday’s game against the Cleveland Indians, the White Sox have lost 10 of their last 12 games dating back to the victory over the Tigers on September 17 that gave them a three-game division lead.
It has been an absolutely horrendous stretch of baseball and has come at the worst possible time.
If they manage to overcome the collapse, which will take a miracle, and make it to the second week of October, the task becomes even greater for the Sox.
The teams they would face in the postseason are the Baltimore Orioles, Oakland A’s, Texas Rangers and New York Yankees. Two playoff-hardened baseball teams and two teams which have refused to wilt under the pressure of exceeded expectations.
Considering the way in which the White Sox have played the last two weeks, beating any one of those teams would be unexpected.
Out of those four, however, the team the White Sox would have the best chance of beating is the New York Yankees. Other than the Yankees being, arguably, the most vulnerable potential playoff team other than the White Sox, there are four reasons why the Yankees would be the easiest opponent in the postseason.