Tracking White Sox, Guardians standings, playoff odds originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Realistically, most if not all of the White Sox’s remaining games are must-wins. That was perhaps most true of Tuesday’s series opener against the Guardians.
And after a hard-fought, back-and-forth affair, things unraveled in the 11th inning, when Cleveland drove away for good in a 10-7 win.
It’s a crushing loss for the White Sox as the Guardians increased their lead in the division and dropped their magic number to win the Central by two games.
Here’s everything you need to know about the division race with two weeks left in the regular season.
AL Central standings (until Tuesday)
1. Guards: 81-67
2. White Sox: 76-72 (five games back)
3. Gemini: 73-75 (eight games back)
4. Royals (eliminated)
5. Tigers (eliminated)
Head-to-head records (tiebreak)
Guardians: 13-6 vs. Twins (tie-break popped), 10-7 vs. White Sox (popped tiebreak)
The Guardians took the season series over the White Sox with Tuesday’s win – and thus the division tiebreaker.
If the two teams finish the season in first place, Cleveland will win the AL Central. There will be no Game 163 this season.
The Guardians’ magic number to reach the division is 10.
The Guardians started the day with an 89.1 percent chance of winning the AL Central, according to FanGraphs, compared to the White Sox’s 10.6 percent. Cleveland’s odds will almost certainly increase after Tuesday.
Guardians (14 games): at White Sox (two), at Rangers (three), vs. Rays (three), vs. Royals (six)
White Sox (14 games): vs. Guardians (two), vs. Tigers (three), at Twins (three), at Padres (three), vs. twins (three)
Twins (14 games): at Royals (two), vs. Angels (three), vs. White Sox (three), at Tigers (three), at White Sox (three)
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