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

BA LEADER
Jose Abreu
BA HR RBI R
.317 36 107 80
OTHER LEADERS
HRJ. Abreu 36
RBIJ. Abreu 107
RA. Ramirez 82
OPSJ. Abreu .964
WC. Sale 12
ERAC. Sale 2.17
SOC. Sale 208