Chase for the Pennant: Thursday

September, 20, 2012
9/20/12
10:07
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Powers By Scott Powers
ESPNChicago.com
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Here’s a breakdown of the White Sox’s playoff picture in the American League Central and in the wild card going into Thursday’s games:

Chicago White Sox (81-67 overall, 43-31 home, 38-36 road)


Lead the American League Central by two games over the Detroit Tigers
Last 10 games: 6-4, lost to the Royals on Wednesday, play the Royals again on Thursday
Home games remaining: 7 (three with Indians, four with Rays)
Road games remaining: 7 (one with Royals, three with Angels, three with Indians)


Detroit Tigers (79-69 overall, 45-28 home, 34-41 road)


Trail the White Sox by two games in the Central
Trail the wild-card leaders by five games
Last 10 games: 6-4, defeated the Athletics on Wednesday, play the Athletics again on Thursday
Home games remaining: 8 (two with Athletics, three with Twins, four with Royals)
Road games remaining: 6 (three with Twins, three with Royals)


Oakland Athletics (84-63, 44-31 home, 40-32 road)


Second place in the wild-card standings
Trail the Rangers by four games in the West
Last 10 games: 6-4, lost to the Tigers on Wednesday, play the Tigers again on Thursday
Home games remaining: 6 (three with Mariners, three with Rangers)
Road games remaining: 8 (one with Tigers, three with Yankees, four with Rangers)


Baltimore Orioles (85-64 overall, 42-32 home, 43-32 road)


Lead the wild-card standings
Trail the Yankees by game in the East
Last 10 games: 7-3, defeated the Mariners on Wednesday, begin a three-game road series with the Red Sox on Friday
Home games remaining: 7 (four with Blue Jays, three with Red Sox)
Road games remaining: 6 (three with Red Sox, three with Rays)


Tampa Bay Rays (79-70 overall, 40-34 home, 39-36 road)


Trail the wild-card leaders by 5 games
Last 10 games: 3-7, defeated the Red Sox on Wednesday, play the Red Sox again on Thursday
Home games remaining: 7 (one with Red Sox, three with Blue Jays, three with Orioles)
Road games remaining: 6 (two with Red Sox, four with White Sox)


Los Angeles Angels (81-68 overall, 41-33 home, 40-35 road)


Trail the wild-card leaders by 3 games
Last 10 games: 5-5, lost to the Rangers on Wednesday, play the Rangers again on Thursday
Home games remaining: 7 (one with Rangers, three with White Sox, three with Mariners)
Road games remaining: 6 (three with Rangers, three with Mariners)


New York Yankees (85-63 overall, 45-29 home, 40-34 road)


Lead the East by game over the Orioles
Last 10 games: 7-3, swept a doubleheader with the Blue Jays on Wednesday, will play the Blue Jays again on Thursday
Home games remaining: 7 (one with Blue Jays, three with Athletics, three with Red Sox)
Road games remaining: 7 (three with Twins, four with Blue Jays)
Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Chris Sale
WINS ERA SO IP
11 2.11 178 149
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Abreu .320
HRJ. Abreu 33
RBIJ. Abreu 99
RJ. Abreu 71
OPSJ. Abreu .983
ERAC. Sale 2.11
SOC. Sale 178