White Sox Have Important Upcoming Road Trip, Must-Win Or Not

Cregen McMinnCorrespondent IAugust 24, 2009

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 23: Pitcher Mark Buehrle #56 of the Chicago White Sox celebrates pitching a perfect game with his teammates against the Tampa Bay Rays at U.S. Cellular Field on July 23, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Rays 5-0, as Buehrle became the 18th pitcher in 132 years of major league baseball to throw a perfect game. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

Undoubtedly you’ve heard someone say this about your favorite team before. Personally, I’ve heard it way too much lately about the Sox.

Game One of the latest Kansas City series, a “must-win game!”…they lost.

The entire series against the Baltimore this last weekend, “They’ve gotta sweep!”….they lost two of three.

Now the Pale Hose find themselves approaching a road trip that sees them visit Boston, New York, Minnesota, and conclude it with a make-up game at Wrigley.

Now, THIS is must-win time.

No, the Sox don’t need to win every game. Heck, they don’t even need to have a WINNING trip, but they need to compete, and in my humble opinion, it’ll be hard for them to overcome a trip that sees them go any worse than five out of six.

Why five out of six? Follow me down the path of logic. During the Sox 11-game road trip, the Tigers have three on the road against the Angels, then come home for four against the charging Rays, three against the Indians (who recently took two out of three from the Tigers), and then go to Tampa for three. 

That means 10 of the Tigers' next 13 games are against teams with a winning record. Not to mention, six of those games are on the road, where the Tigers sport a 25-38 record.

So what does all this mean?

It means that the Sox finally find themselves in a must-win situation. They have to compete with a couple of the best teams in baseball, and they have to do it on the road. But that’s not to say that EVERY game is a must-win.

As long as the Sox compete during this road trip and don’t completely collapse, they’ll finish the trip still in contention to repeat as champion of the AL Central.