Chase for the Pennant: Friday

September, 21, 2012
9/21/12
10:02
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Powers By Scott Powers
ESPNChicago.com
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Here’s a breakdown of the Chicago White Sox’s playoff picture in the American League Central and in the wild card going into Friday’s games:

Chicago White Sox (81-68 overall, 43-31 home, 38-37 road)


Lead the American League Central by two games over the Detroit Tigers
Last 10 games: 6-4, lost to the Royals on Thursday, begin a three-game road series with the Angels on Friday
Home games remaining: 7 (three with Indians, four with Rays)
Road games remaining: 6 (three with Angels, three with Indians)


Detroit Tigers (79-70 overall, 45-29 home, 34-41 road)


Trail the White Sox by two games in the Central
Trail the wild-card leaders by six games
Last 10 games: 6-4, lost to the Athletics on Thursday, begin a three-game home series with the Twins on Friday
Home games remaining: 7 (three with Twins, four with Royals)
Road games remaining: 6 (three with Twins, three with Royals)


Oakland Athletics (85-64, 44-31 home, 41-33 road)


Tied for first place in the wild-card standings
Trail the Rangers by four games in the West
Last 10 games: 6-4, defeated the Tigers on Thursday, begin a three-game road series with the Yankees on Friday
Home games remaining: 6 (three with Mariners, three with Rangers)
Road games remaining: 7 (three with Yankees, four with Rangers)


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


Tied for first place in the wild-card standings
Trail the Yankees by one game in the East
Last 10 games: 7-3, had Thursday off, 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 (80-70 overall, 41-34 home, 39-36 road)


Trail the wild-card leaders by 5 games
Last 10 games: 3-7, defeated the Red Sox on Thursday, begin a three-game home series with the Blue Jays on Friday
Home games remaining: 6 (three with Blue Jays, three with Orioles)
Road games remaining: 6 (two with Red Sox, four with White Sox)


Los Angeles Angels (81-69 overall, 41-34 home, 40-35 road)


Trail the wild-card leaders by 4 games
Last 10 games: 4-6, lost to the Rangers on Thursday, begin a three-game home series with the White Sox on Friday
Home games remaining: 6 (three with White Sox, three with Mariners)
Road games remaining: 6 (three with Rangers, three with Mariners)


New York Yankees (86-63 overall, 46-29 home, 40-34 road)


Lead the East by one game over the Orioles
Last 10 games: 8-2, defeated the Blue Jays on Thursday, begin a three-game home series with the Athletics on Friday
Home games remaining: 6 (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
12 2.17 208 174
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Abreu .317
HRJ. Abreu 36
RBIJ. Abreu 107
RA. Ramirez 82
OPSJ. Abreu .964
ERAC. Sale 2.17
SOC. Sale 208