The Chicago White Sox have led the AL Central since July 11. They lead the Minnesota Twins by a slim half game and begin a three-game series with them on Tuesday in Chicago.
The Twins have won two straight games. Both teams are 33-20 at home, and while the White Sox are 30-28 on the road, the Twins are 30-29.
The White Sox have fine starting pitching, and throw out starter after starter that can shut a team down.
Over his last 12 starts dating back to June 8, Gavin Floyd has been amazing. He's 6-2 with a 1.19 ERA, and he hasn't allowed more than two earned runs over that span.
The White Sox will be a tough team, if they get to the playoffs, to beat in a short series with a staff that also includes Mark Buehrle and John Danks.
They also have a good bullpen with Jenks, Thornton, and Putz closing games out.
If the White Sox have any weaknesses, it would be their offense. They have some spots being taken by light hitters.
Guys falling under that category would be Juan Pierre, Gordon Beckham, and A.J. Pierzynski.
Other than that, they have a fine team, that got off to a slow start this season. The also have some guys in their lineup that can really hit.
Perhaps the backend of their rotation is a little iffy with Freddy Garcia and Edwin Jackson taking up the fourth and fifth spots.