Chicago White Sox: The Good, Bad and Ugly of the Remaining Schedule
As the White Sox continue to play well and make their push to the playoffs, we as fans remember that sometimes it's the team with the most favorable schedule that ends up making it to the postseason.
Taking a look at the White Sox schedule, it's a combination of 19 games against playoff contenders, 20 games against playoff wannabes, and 19 games against teams who already want the season to be over.
The South Siders will be at home 28 more times over the course of the regular season, and on the road for 30 more contests.
Overall, their remaining opponents have a collective winning percentage of .485 (that's lower than the Twin's remaining opponents - .503)
Let's take a look at who the White Sox have to face the rest of the way.
New York Yankees Three Games (All at Home)
The toughest remaining opponent for the Sox this season is the New York Yankees.
The Bronx Bombers will visit US Cellular for three games August 27-29th.
Despite the Yankees AL-best record they're still in a dogfight for the AL East crown. This three game set will mean as much to them as it does the White Sox.
Boston Red Sox Seven Games (Four Home, Three Away)
The next toughest remaining team on the White Sox schedule is another AL East team, the Boston Red Sox.
Boston has struggled of late, but they still have playoff hopes. Seven games against the Sawx, especially the three at Fenway September 3-5 will be a major test for the less colorful of the Sox.
Minnesota Twins Nine games (Six Home, Three Away)
The Twins went through a stretch where it appeared that they would be the team that would fall out of the race for the AL Central, and it would be between the Sox and Tigers.
Not so fast.
The Twins have overcome their injuries and are neck and neck with the Sox.
With nine games remaining against the dome-less Twins the White Sox can control their own destiny.
The last series against the Twins is September 14-16th at US Cellular. That's about 2.5 weeks before the end of the season.
Take care of business and there'll be postseason baseball on the South Side. Drop the ball and it'll be a long offseason.
Los Angeles Angels Three Games (All Away)
The Angels were buyers at the July 31st trading deadline, but they may very well be sellers in August.
Currently siting eight games behind the Rangers and one game over .500, the three game trip the Sox take to Anaheim doesn't seem as scary as it would have in years past.
Detroit Tigers 14 Games (Six Home, Eight Away)
A couple of weeks ago 14 games against the Tigers would have been scary.
Now it almost seems like a gift from the commissioner.
The Tigers lineup has been decimated by injuries. As a result their hitting has gone from carrying an inconsistent rotation, to putting more pressure on them.
Sure there's still Miguel Cabrera in the No. 4 hole and potentially a couple match ups against Justin Verlander, but other than that the Tigers appear to be toothless.
The Other 22 Games (Oakland 3, Kansas City 6, Cleveland 6, Baltimore 7)
When the Sox started to play well back in June, they did it by beating the bad teams on their schedule.
They'll have 22 MORE games against "bad" teams before the season is over, and it'll be imperative that they take care of business against those teams again.
The biggest concern with playing bottom feeders at the end of the season is that their new call ups will play with an intensity that results in their team stealing a victory or two.
The Sox seem more than capable of overcoming that and ought to benefit from having over one-third of their remaining games against lesser competition.
The Schedule is in the White Sox Favor
The schedule down the stretch has its fair share on tough games, but it's also ripe with teams that may have packed it in.
Undoubtedly the nine games against the Twins will draw the most attention, but it can be any game from the 58 remaining that could define the White Sox season.