Tracking White Sox Leaderboards, Playoff Odds Originally Appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
The White Sox’s deficit in the AL Central has fluctuated this season, but it has never grown beyond six and a half games — until now.
The Guardians ended a three-game sweep of the White Sox on Guaranteed Rate Field on Thursday, bringing the Sox back to seven games with 12 games left.
The sweep brings Cleveland closer to finishing the case and earning the AL Central. With help, they could do that this weekend.
Here’s everything you need to know about where the White Sox are in the playoffs with 12 games to go.
AL Central standings (until Thursday)
1. Guards: 83-67
2. White Sox: 76-74 (seven games back)
3. Gemini: 73-77 (10 games back)
4. Royals (eliminated)
5. Tigers (eliminated)
AL Wild Card Leaderboard (Top 3 Qualifying)
1. Blue Jays: 84-66 (+1 1/2 games)
2. Rays: 83-67 (+1/2 game)
3. Sailors: 82-67 ( – )
4. Orioles: 78-71 (four games back)
5. White Sox: 76-74 (6 1/2 games back)
Head-to-head records (tiebreak)
White Sox: 2-4 vs. Blue Jays (lost tiebreak), 4-2 vs. Mariners (won), 4-2 vs. Rays (won), 2-5 vs. Orioles (lost)
Guardians: 12-7 vs. White Sox (popped tiebreaker)
In the event of a tie in the standings, the head-to-head record will serve as the first tiebreaker this season. There will be no Game 163s.
The Guardians’ magic number to get to the AL Central is five – which is good for Cleveland securing the tiebreaker over the White Sox.
The White Sox’s elimination number in the wild card race is seven.
A look at some White Sox playoff opportunities, according to FanGraphs, heading into Thursday’s series finale against the Guardians:
Win the division: 0.8 percent chance
Clinch wildcard spot: 2.5 percent
Make playoffs: 3.3 percent
White Sox (12 games): vs. Tigers (three), at Twins (three), at Padres (three), vs. twins (three)
Mariners (13 games): at Royals (three), vs. Rangers (three), vs. A’s (three), vs. Tigers (four)
Guardians (12 games): at Rangers (three), vs. Rays (three), vs. Royals (six)
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