Though the 2011 MLB season for the Chicago White Sox has not been as successful as forecast, the team is only 3.5 games back of the Detroit Tigers for first place in the meager American League Central.
The key component to the surge for first is the same for any team looking to capture a playoff spot: beat the divisional opponents.
Since the All-Star break, the White Sox are 7-4, having played all their games against foes in the AL Central. Though this has been a decent start, the White Sox know that this trend has to continue, especially after playing so poorly against their divisional opponents all season long.
Here are the teams that are most likely to keep the White Sox from winning their first AL Central title since 2008.