Chase for the pennant: Saturday

September, 22, 2012
9/22/12
7:25
PM CT
Here’s a breakdown of the Chicago White Sox’s playoff picture in the American League Central and in the wild card going into Saturday’s games:

Chicago White Sox (81-69 overall, 43-31 home, 38-38 road)


Lead the American League Central by 1 games over the Detroit Tigers
Last 10 games: 5-5, lost to the Angels on Friday, the play the Angels again on Saturday
Home games remaining: 7 (three with Indians, four with Rays)
Road games remaining: 5 (two with Angels, three with Indians)

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


Trail the White Sox by 1 games in the Central
Trail the wild-card leaders by 5 games
Last 10 games: 6-4, Friday’s game with the Twins was postponed due to rain, will play the Twins on Saturday
Home games remaining: 7 (three with Twins, four with Royals)
Road games remaining: 6 (three with Twins, three with Royals)


Oakland Athletics (85-65, 44-31 home, 41-34 road)


Second place in the wild-card standings
Trail the Rangers by four games in the West
Last 10 games: 5-5, lost to the Yankees on Friday, play the Yankees again on Saturday
Home games remaining: 6 (three with Mariners, three with Rangers)
Road games remaining: 6 (two with Yankees, four with Rangers)


Baltimore Orioles (86-64 overall, 42-32 home, 44-32 road)


Lead the wild-card standings
Trail the Yankees by one game in the East
Last 10 games: 8-2, defeated the Red Sox on Friday, play the Red Sox again on Saturday
Home games remaining: 7 (four with Blue Jays, three with Red Sox)
Road games remaining: 5 (two with Red Sox, three with Rays)


Tampa Bay Rays (81-70 overall, 42-34 home, 39-36 road)


Trail the wild-card leaders by 4 games
Last 10 games: 4-6, defeated the Blue Jays on Friday, play the Blue Jays again on Saturday
Home games remaining: 5 (two with Blue Jays, three with Orioles)
Road games remaining: 6 (two with Red Sox, four with White Sox)


Los Angeles Angels (82-69 overall, 42-34 home, 40-35 road)


Trail the wild-card leaders by 3 games
Last 10 games: 5-5, defeated the White Sox on Friday, play the White Sox again on Saturday
Home games remaining: 5 (two with White Sox, three with Mariners)
Road games remaining: 6 (three with Rangers, three with Mariners)


New York Yankees (87-63 overall, 47-29 home, 40-34 road)


Lead the East by one game over the Orioles
Last 10 games: 8-2, defeated the Athletics on Friday, play the Athletics again on Saturday
Home games remaining: 5 (two 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
Alexei Ramirez
BA HR RBI R
.415 3 12 12
OTHER LEADERS
HRJ. Abreu 4
RBIJ. Abreu 14
RA. Eaton 14
OPSA. Ramirez 1.126
WC. Sale 3
ERAJ. Quintana 2.37
SOC. Sale 19