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Sunday, December 4th, 2016

WHITE SOX TO THE WIRE

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Why shouldn’t the White Sox and Twins take this down to the wire?

They have identical road records. Nearly identical home records and expected wins/losses. Nearly identical records against the AL East and AL Central, as well as interleague play. They are just about the same in 1-run games. The Sox kill lefties, while the Twins win more against righties. Division rivals. Down to the very end. This is how baseball is meant to be.

Except the Sox are on the short end of it now after a brutal sweep, including what could prove to be one of the most haunting games ever for White Sox fans. Should the Sox win the division–more on that in a bit–fans may end up talking about last night’s 5-run blown lead and extra-inning loss like Cubs fans now reminisce about Brant Brown’s “Oh NOOO! He dropped the ball!!!” game in ’98. It’s funny now because they made the playoffs. If they don’t make it, it will live forever in infamy.

But it really doesn’t look too good on paper for the Sox. They have to play Cleveland for three, including a game against Cliff Lee. The Twins have 3 at home against the Royals. If the Twins and Sox are still tied after the makeup game with the Tigers, the two will meet in a one-game playoff at The Cell on Tuesday. The Twins are just 2-7 in Chicago this season, and that’s all the Sox have going for them right now.

“We have to look at it like we tied,” Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. “So, if we win all four, the worst that can happen is we play again on Tuesday. … We are still alive. We have to find a way to win four games and [beat Twins] on Tuesday.”

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