Chicago White Sox: playoffs

Peavy: Sox would be dangerous in playoffs

September, 26, 2012
9/26/12
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CHICAGO -- White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy said Wednesday he believes Chicago could be dangerous for the rest of baseball if they can make it into the playoffs.

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AP Photo/Charles Rex ArbogastJake Peavy starts the opener of the White Sox's next crucial series against the Rays on Thursday.
“We got eight games to go,” said Peavy, who is 11-12 with a 3.40 ERA and will start on Thursday. “They talk about it being a marathon. It’s a sprint now. We got to find a way to win. We had our chances. Detroit has had their chances. We didn’t capitalize on them. It all comes down to this. Let’s find out where we stand.

“I’m excited. Let’s hope this team finds a way to get in. Because if we get in, I think we’re a dangerous team. I don’t think anyone is lining up wanting to play us with the talent we do have in this room. There are two good teams. Detroit is a good team as well. Let the best man win.”

The White Sox began Wednesday tied with the Detroit Tigers for first place in the American League Central. The Sox have held at least a share of the division lead since July 24.

Peavy’s confidence in the White Sox stems from their pitching staff, their offense’s home-run capabilities and their success against most of the other potential American League playoff opponents
The White Sox are 6-3 against the Texas Rangers, 3-3 against the Oakland Athletics, 5-2 against the New York Yankees and 3-0 against the Tampa Bay Rays this season. But they are 2-6 against the Baltimore Orioles and 3-5 against the Los Angeles Angels.

“(We’re dangerous) because we can pitch,” Peavy said. “And our offense has potential to run up some big homers. If we hit some homers with some guys on base, with the pitching staff and the bullpen evolving the way it’s evolved, and we have a few starters that can get on a roll, and the teams going to the playoffs, other than Baltimore, I think we all have winning records against them. We’ve swept the Yankees here, played well against Texas. We can play with any team in baseball on any given day. I’d love to have a chance to be in the playoffs.”

The White Sox have remaining games against the Indians (one home, three road) and the Rays (three home). The Tigers still have to play the Royals (two home, three road) and the Minnesota Twins (three road).

Chase for the pennant: Wednesday

September, 12, 2012
9/12/12
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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 Wednesday’s games:

Chicago White Sox (76-65 overall, 42-30 home, 34-35 road)


Lead the American League Central by two games over the Detroit Tigers
Last 10 games: 4-6, lost to the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, play the Tigers again on Wednesday
Home games remaining: 9 (two with Tigers, three with Cleveland Indians, four with Tampa Bay Rays)
Road games remaining: 12 (three with Twins, three with Royals, three with Los Angeles Angels, three with Indians)

Detroit Tigers (74-67 overall, 43-28 home, 31-39 road)


Trail the White Sox by two games in the Central
Trail the wild-card leaders by five games
Last 10 games: 4-6, defeated the White Sox on Tuesday, play the White Sox again on Wednesday
Home games remaining: 10 (three with Oakland Athletics, three with Twins, four with Royals)
Road games remaining: 11 (two with White Sox, three with Indians, three with Twins, three with Royals)


Oakland Athletics (81-60, 42-30 home, 39-30 road)


Lead the wild-card standings
Last 10 games: 7-3, defeated the Angels on Tuesday, play the Angels again on Wednesday
Home games remaining: 9 (three with Orioles, three with Mariners, three with Texas Rangers)
Road games remaining: 12 (two with Angels, three with Tigers, three with Yankees, four with Rangers)


Baltimore Orioles (79-62 overall, 39-32 home, 40-30 road)


Tied with the Yankees for first place in the East and second place in the wild-card standings
Last 10 games: 6-4, defeated the Rays on Tuesday, play the Rays again on Wednesday
Home games remaining: 9 (two with Rays, four with Blue Jays, three with Boston Red Sox)
Road games remaining: 12 (three with Athletics, three with Mariners, three with Red Sox, three with Rays)


Tampa Bay Rays (77-64 overall, 39-32 home, 38-32 road)


Trail the Orioles and Yankees by two games in the East
Trail the wild-card leaders by two games
Last 10 games: 6-4, lost to the Orioles on Tuesday, play the Orioles again on Wednesday
Home games remaining: 10 (four with Red Sox, three with Blue Jays, three with Orioles)
Road games remaining: 11 (two with Orioles, three with Yankees, two with Red Sox, four with White Sox)


Los Angeles Angels (77-65 overall, 39-31 home, 38-34 road)


Trail the wild-card leaders by 2 games
Last 10 games: 7-3, lost to the Athletics on Tuesday, play the Athletics again on Wednesday
Home games remaining: 11 (two with Athletics, three with Rangers, three with White Sox, three with Mariners)
Road games remaining: 9 (three with Royals, three with Rangers, three with Mariners)


New York Yankees (79-62 overall, 41-28 home, 38-34 road)


Tied with the Orioles for first place in the East and second place in the wild-card standings
Last 10 games: 4-6, lost to the Red Sox on Tuesday, play the Red Sox again on Wednesday
Home games remaining: 12 (three with Rays, three with Blue Jays, three with Athletics, three with Red Sox)
Road games remaining: 9 (two with Red Sox, three with Twins, four with Blue Jays)

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