As it stands right now, the top four teams in the American League Central are separated by six games. When time goes by, teams will fall out of the race, but that won't happen any time in the immediate future.
What puts the White Sox in the best position is the fact that they haven't had all the facets of their game click simultaneously. Some people may look at that as a warning sign. I, however, believe baseball is a game of averages, and sooner or later everything will fall in place for Chicago.
The starting pitching has been there for most of the year. The bullpen is one of the most underrated in the American League and has helped the Sox stay in games they had no business of winning. Once the offense rises to the level of the pitching, it's all systems go for the Southsiders.
Cleveland is already showing signs of weakness and is dropping lower in the standings by the day. Injuries and lack of depth on offense will do them in. Don't expect Kosuke Fukodome to turn this team around.
Minnesota, having won the AL Central the past two years, is always dangerous. This season's Twins have a different feel to them. They've come a long way from where they were, but there's something missing about this team. As a team, the Twins have blown 15 saves. Though that may not be the sole reason why I see them missing the playoffs, it definitely doesn't make them look any better.
As for Detroit, there's not much to dislike about their chances. They're currently in first place, but with the Twins, Indians and White Sox muttering in mediocrity, they've had a chance to begin to pull away with the division and haven't. The Tigers have done this for years, and there's a reason why they haven't won the American League Central since the division started in 1995.
Though the White Sox have many holes to fix around the lineup and are currently in third place, look for them to take the division. It may not happen the way everyone in the dugout or front office may have imagined, but at the end of the day, it doesn't matter.
When it comes down to it, the White Sox have too many weapons on offense, defense, in the rotation and in the bullpen to underachieve for this long.