Tonight the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox will start a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field on the south side of Chicago.
The White Sox are currently sitting six games behind the Twins and the magic number for the Twins to clinch is 14 (Any combination of wins by the Twins and losses by the White Sox to equal 14).
With a three game series between these two teams that is potentially going to drop the magic number to eight (Three wins for the Twins, three losses for the Sox).
In case the White Sox don't already realize it, they almost certainly have to sweep the Twins to have any shot at catching them in the division. Even with a three-game sweep of the Twins the Sox would be hard pressed to catch them.
The combined record of those left on the White Sox schedule, not including the Twins, is 352-345, a fairly impressive mark when you consider lowly Cleveland is in there.
As for the Twins? 333-384, and that includes both Cleveland and Kansas City.
The White Sox need to make something happen and they need to do it tonight, the only problem? A surging Twins line-up that has won eight of their last ten. Not to mention the Twins have won ten of fifteen against the Sox this season.
There is always something good to be said about a loss for the White Sox, and that is Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen's profanity laced post game interviews that amuse everyone in the nation.