Dawgpound 1613 wrote:If the White Sox go 8-12 in their last 20 games, Cleveland would have to go 13-6 just to tie them. I don't see the ChiSox playing .400 baseball, not to mention that .680+ baseball is tough enough.
If they play .500 (10-10), Cleveland would need to play .800+ baseball for 4 weeks (taking into account their current 7 game win streak) to finish the year 22-4. Possible? Yes, but unlikely.
Same goes for the teams chasing the Braves and the Padres - without help from these leaders (i.e. a 5 game losing streak or the like), it is almost impossible to make up a 5 game deficit in 3 weeks.
A great run, nonetheless, and one that has put them in good shape for the WC. But anything more than a game/week is tough to make up at this point in the season, unless they pretty much sweep the remaining games against the ChiSox.
Consider that the Tribe has been playing roughly .620 ball since the break. They've come on extremely strong, by all accounts - and they would have to be even better to surpass the Sox. They've won seven in a row, while the Sox have lost 4 in a row, and they're still
5.5 back. If they're going to catch up, it will take a healthy dose of luck. It was just last week that the Sox went on a 7-game streak of their own.