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Barons ticketed for Southern League Finals

A year ago, Winston-Salem was involved in the Mills Cup Finals. Many of the Dash’s players in that playoff run a year ago, along with some members of the 2013 Dash, are heading to the highest stage in the Southern League.

The Birmingham Barons, the White Sox Double-A affiliate, punched a ticket to the Southern League Championship Series for the first time in 11 years. Birmingham accomplished this feat with a 7-4 victory in its winner-take-all clash with the Tennessee Smokies on Monday night.

In that Game 5 battle, Dash alumni shined for the Barons. Mike Blanke and Micah Johnson drove home a run apiece, and Jared Mitchell scored twice to cap a big North Division Series. Myles Jaye started the game, and Cody Winiarski collected the final four outs for a save.

Twitter was packed with some great tweets from some Barons players, many of whom made a stop in Winston-Salem en route to this Double-A postseason run.

The Southern League Championship Series pits the Barons and the Mobile BayBears, who host Game 1 and Game 2. The series begins Wednesday night, with the first of three possible home games for the Barons coming up on Friday night.

Good luck to the Barons, especially those former Dash stars who are now three wins away from a ring at the Double-A level.

- Brian

And then there were two

Carolina LeagueLast season, Winston-Salem and Lynchburg emerged from winner-take-all Game 3s in the semifinals to punch their tickets to the Mills Cup Finals. Here in 2013, both Division Championship Series concluded in Game 2, but the playoffs have been packed with drama.

All four Carolina League playoff games have been decided in the last at-bat for the winning club. Plus, the margin was higher than one run at the start of only three of the 43 innings thus far this postseason.

Salem won a pair of 10-inning games over Myrtle Beach to clinch its first trip to the Mills Cup Finals since 2009, while the Pelicans lost in the Southern Division Championship Series for the third straight season.

In the Northern Division, Potomac rallied in the ninth inning of Game 1 before nipping Lynchburg in the 14th. One night later, the P-Nats walked off with a 3-2 win in the last of the ninth. Thus, Potomac can win its first CL crown since 2010. On the flip side, Lynchburg could not become the first franchise to repeat as Carolina League champions since 1999-2000 (Myrtle Beach).

While the Red Sox and P-Nats were advancing in the CL postseason, some Dash alumni shined elsewhere in Minor League Baseball’s postseason.

  • Last season, Chris Bassitt pitched the Dash to the Mills Cup Finals with a seven-inning gem. Yesterday, the righty went seven innings and punched out nine Smokies in Double-A Birmingham’s 3-1 win over Tennessee in Game 1 of the Southern League North Division Series.
  • Behind Bassitt’s huge effort, Trayce Thompson went yard and drove home two runs, and Cody Winiarski earned the save. In Game 2 of this best-of-five set, Chris Beck toes the rubber for the Barons tonight.
  • Veteran Cyle Hankerd, who was a key cog in the Dash’s offense a year ago, came up with the hit of the season for the Arkansas Travelers, the Angels’ Double-A affiliate in the Texas League. Hankerd’s three-run blast in the top of the ninth broke a 1-1 tie and propelled the Travs to a Game 2 victory over the Tulsa Drillers in the TL’s North Division Series. Hankerd and the Travelers now have a 2-0 series lead with the next three games all at home.

We will keep you posted on the MiLB playoffs throughout the month here on the Dash Board blog!

- Brian

Game 138 Preview – Dash at Wilmington

Game #138 – Road Game #68
Winston-Salem Dash (32-35, 70-67) at Wilmington Blue Rocks (28-39, 61-76)
Saturday, August 31 – 6:05 p.m.
Frawley Stadium (Wilmington, Del.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash’s 10-game winning streak came to an end in the club’s home finale Friday against Potomac. Winston-Salem opens its final series of the 2013 campaign tonight at 6:05 in the First State against a Blue Rocks squad that, like the Dash, will not go to the CL postseason.

Jake Cose will put a bow on a huge month of August on Saturday (Laura Marshall/W-S Dash).

Jake Cose will put a bow on a huge month of August on Saturday (Laura Marshall/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Joey DeMichele – 2B
Jeremy Farrell – 3B
Chris Curley – SS
Kevan Smith – C
Courtney Hawkins – CF
Mark Haddow – DH
Josh Richmond – RF
Grant Buckner – 1B
Joe De Pinto – LF
Jake Cose – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem’s 10-game winning streak, which ended Friday night, is tied for the longest in the Dash era. It matches the club’s run from April 22 to May 1 of 2012. During the streak, Winston-Salem outscored its opposition 51-19, while the Dash only allowed eight runs in the final five games of the streak.
  • The fourth season at BB&T Ballpark wrapped up Friday night. Since the Dash moved into this facility prior to the 2010 campaign, the club is 171-110 (.609) at home, which trails only the Durham Bulls (Triple-A, Tampa Bay) in full-season Minor League Baseball during that stretch.
  • With a crowd of 6,342 fans in the home finale Friday, the Dash surpassed 300,000 total fans for the fourth time in as many seasons at BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem is second in the CL in both overall (301,366) and average (4,498) attendance.
  • Winston-Salem is 14-3 against Wilmington this year. This marks the sixth time in the Dash era (2009-present) that Winston-Salem has amassed 14 or more wins against one opponent in a single season.
  • The Dash-era record is a 16-win showing against Lynchburg in 2010. Since June of 2011, Winston is 18-5 inside Frawley Stadium, while the Dash are 29-8 against Wilmington over the last two seasons.
  • Jake Cose takes to the hill on the final day of August, which has been the best month of his High-A career. In five August starts, Cose is 4-0 with a 1.06 ERA over 34 innings. Prior to his three-run outing against Myrtle Beach on Sunday, the Stockton, Calif., native had only surrendered one run in his first 28 frames in August.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

The Pregame Dash begins at 5:50 p.m., and fans can listen live on wsdash.com/broadcast.

- Brian

Game 115 Preview – Dash at Salem

Game #115 – Road Game #55
Winston-Salem Dash (21-23, 59-55) at Salem Red Sox (23-21, 56-58)
Thursday, August 8 – 7:05 p.m.
LewisGale Field at Salem Memorial Ballpark (Salem, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem will play 13 of its next 16 games away from BB&T Ballpark, and this challenging part of the schedule begins with tonight’s series opener at Salem. The Dash and Sox have split their first 14 meetings thus far this season.

Rangel Ravelo is second in the Carolina League in batting average (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Rangel Ravelo is second in the Carolina League in batting average (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Micah Johnson – 2B
Joey DeMichele – SS
Chris Curley – DH
Rangel Ravelo – 1B
Courtney Hawkins – CF
Mark Haddow – RF
Jeremy Farrell – 3B
Josh Richmond – LF
Martin Medina – C
Braulio Ortiz – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem is 27-27 away from BB&T Ballpark this season, which is good for the third-best mark in the Carolina League. Only Potomac (29-25) and Frederick (30-29) own road records above .500 in the CL.
  • In the final three-and-a-half weeks of the regular season, only Carolina (17), who opens Thursday’s action atop the second-half Southern Division standings, has more road games remaining than Winston-Salem (16).
  • For the first time this season, Winston-Salem infielder Rangel Ravelo is qualified for the Carolina League’s batting average lead. Despite an 0-for-4 effort Wednesday, Ravelo is still second to former P-Nats speedster Billy Burns for the league lead with a .307 mark.
  • Ravelo, who has played 74 games with the Dash since a promotion from Low-A Kannapolis on May 2, has never begun a game with an overall batting average below .303 in his Winston-Salem career.
  • Dash infielder Chris Curley leads the Carolina League in both home runs (22) and RBIs (82). In High-A, Curley is tied for fourth in both long balls and RBIs.
  • He also enjoys sizable leads on the circuit with 127 hits (eight more than Salem’s Keury De La Cruz), 78 runs scored (five more than teammate Joey DeMichele) and 219 total bases (36 more than Potomac’s Michael Taylor).
  • Since the franchise became the Dash prior to the 2009 season, Winston-Salem owns a sub-.500 record against only the Salem Sox (regular season and playoffs). The Dash are just 44-52-1 (.458) versus Salem, while they are 332-258 (.563) against the rest of the CL.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

The Pregame Dash begins at 6:50 p.m., and fans can listen live on 600 AM-WSJS in Winston-Salem or online here.

- Brian

Game #66 Preview – Winston-Salem v. Lynchburg

With five days remaining in the first half, the Dash are one game behind Myrtle Beach in the Southern Division standings. Thus, we will have a game preview available for every game until either the Dash or the Pelicans claim the first-half crown.

Game #66 – Home Game #36
Winston-Salem Dash vs. Lynchburg Hillcats
Wednesday, June 12 – 7 p.m.
Current Position: 2nd (1.0 GB)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem plays its final home game of the first half tonight at 7 against the Lynchburg Hillcats. One night after spoiling a five-run lead, the Dash rebounded with a 7-2 win over the ‘Cats on Tuesday at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash kept pace with first-place Myrtle Beach, who edged Frederick 5-4 for its fifth consecutive win.

Chris Beck will try to continue his personal four-game win streak tonight (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Chris Beck will try to continue his personal four-game win streak tonight (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING PITCHERS:

Winston-Salem – RHP Chris Beck (6-6, 2.79 ERA): Beck makes his final start of the first half on Wednesday before representing the Dash in the 2013 California-Carolina League All-Star Game. The righty is only five days removed from his first career complete game and the second nine-inning complete game shutout in the Dash era (2009-present). Beck is sixth in the league in earned run average, and he can tie Lynchburg’s Navery Moore for the league lead in wins tonight. Against Lynchburg this season, Beck has allowed five earned runs in 12.1 innings over two starts, both of which have been losses.

Lynchburg – RHP Greg Ross (2-3, 4.26 ERA): Ross began the campaign as a reliever with Low-A Rome, where he allowed just three earned runs in 19.1 innings (1.40 ERA). He climbed to the High-A level for the first time in early May to join Lynchburg’s rotation. His last two starts have both resulted in losses, during which he has allowed 11 runs in just nine innings of action. He has never pitched against the Dash in his minor league career.

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem is 7-1 in its last eight home games dating back to May 31. In those eight games, the Dash are averaging 7.8 runs per game. Only Potomac (22) owns more home victories than Winston-Salem (21) thus far this season.
  • With a 1-for-4 effort on Tuesday, Joey DeMichele extended his hitting streak to 11 games. During this run, he is hitting .370 (17-for-46) with three RBIs and seven runs scored. Dating back to May 26, he has hit safely in 17 of 19 games and raised his overall batting average 61 points to .248.
  • DeMichele is the fourth Winston-Salem hitter to put together a hitting streak of 10 or more games, a claim that no other CL club can make. His run is tied with Mark Haddow (April 6-18) and Rangel Ravelo (May 3-28) for the longest hitting streak by a Dash hitter in 2013.
  • The Dash dropped to a league-worst 1-8 on Monday with their series-opening loss two days ago, while Winston improved to 8-2 on Tuesday last night. For what it’s worth, the Dash are 4-4 on Wednesday thus far in 2013.
  • Winston-Salem is 1-3 in rubber matches thus far this season. In their three such losses, the Dash have been outscored 27-12.
  • With a win tonight, Winston would climb six games above the .500 mark for the first time this season.

BIRD’S-EYE VIEW:

The Pelicans aim for a series sweep of the Frederick Keys tonight at 7:05. This is a near must-win for Frederick, who is four games behind Potomac in the Northern Division with six games left. Luke Jackson (5-4, 2.44 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Birds against fellow righty Zach Petersime (2-5, 6.99 ERA).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Join Rob Low and I for all the play-by-play coverage beginning at 6:45 with the Pregame Dash. Fans can listen live here or watch on MiLB.tv. You’ll hear from Chris Bassitt, the newest Carolina League All-Star, during the show.

- Brian

Game #65 Preview – Winston-Salem v. Lynchburg

With six days remaining in the first half, the Dash are one game behind Myrtle Beach in the Southern Division standings. Thus, we will have a game preview available for every game until either the Dash or the Pelicans claim the first-half crown.

Game #65 – Home Game #35
Winston-Salem Dash vs. Lynchburg Hillcats
Tuesday, June 11 – 7 p.m.
Current Position: 2nd (1.0 GB)

GAME BACKGROUND:

For the first time since Thursday, the Dash find themselves looking up at the Birds in the Southern Division. Winston-Salem spoiled a five-run lead at home against Lynchburg in a 10-9 defeat, while Myrtle Beach edged Frederick 2-1. Winston has six games remaining in the first half, while the Pelicans finish with seven games in six days.

Chris Bassitt defeated the Hillcats on April 23 at BB&T Ballpark (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Chris Bassitt defeated the Hillcats on April 23 at BB&T Ballpark (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING PITCHERS:

Winston-Salem – RHP Chris Bassitt (5-2, 3.74 ERA): Bassitt is tied for fourth in the Carolina League with five wins, and his earned run average is 12th-best on the circuit. However, the righty has struggled in his last five starts (1-2, 7.11 ERA). Prior to this funk, Bassitt was arguably the CL’s best pitcher through mid-May (4-0, 1.71 ERA). The former Akron Zip collected one of his team high-tying six quality starts during his only outing against Lynchburg in 2013. He went six innings and surrendered only two runs in a win over the Hillcats on April 23 at BB&T Ballpark.

Lynchburg – TBA: The Hillcats have yet to announce a starter. A roster move is expected in advance of tonight’s game.

DASH DOTS:

  • The Dash’s season-long six-game home winning streak came to an end on Monday. Winston-Salem, who suffered its first home loss of the month, outscored its opposition 46-17 during the streak.
  • In Monday’s series opener, Winston spoiled a five-run lead, the largest advantage wasted in a Dash loss this season. The Dash had not wasted a lead bigger than last night’s five-run cushion since August 31, 2011, when Winston-Salem held a 7-1 lead in a game it lost to Salem by a score of 16-10.
  • Winston-Salem matched a season high with three homers in Monday’s loss. The Dash are second in the Carolina League with 56 homers, which is one shy of Frederick for the circuit’s top spot.
  • Joey DeMichele continued his recent tear with a 2-for-4 effort Monday. He boasts a 10-game hitting streak, which is one game shy of the longest by a Dash hitter this season. Both Mark Haddow and Rangel Ravelo have strung together a hitting streak of 11 games in 2013.
  • Outfielder Courtney Hawkins continues to thrive since returning from the disabled list on June 2. The top prospect in the White Sox system hit his 12th homer in his 33rd game with Winston-Salem. Since his left shoulder injury fully healed, Hawkins is hitting .308 (12-for-39) with five homers and 14 RBIs.
  • Congratulations to Double-A Birmingham on clinching the first half North Division title in the Southern League with a win over Jacksonville on Monday. More than half of the current Barons were with Winston-Salem last year on a team that many called the “best team I’ve ever been on.” Two Dash alums spoke out on Twitter about the accomplishment.

BIRD’S-EYE VIEW:

The Pelicans and Frederick Keys continue their three-game set from TicketReturn.com Field tonight at 7:05. This season, Myrtle Beach is 6-3 against the Keys, who are now 3.5 games behind Potomac in the Northern Division. Thus, this is a huge game for Frederick, too. The Birds send Victor Payano (4-3, 3.86 ERA) to the hill against fellow southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez (6-2, 2.94 ERA).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Join Rob Low and I for all the play-by-play coverage beginning at 6:45 with the Pregame Dash. Fans can listen live here or watch on MiLB.tv.

- Brian

First half race heating up

With just 19 games left for both the Dash and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in the first half of the 2013 season, we are getting very close to finding out who will win the first-half Southern Division title and clinch a spot in the Southern Division Championship Series in September.

Currently, the Pelicans hold a three-game lead in the division over Winston-Salem, but Myrtle is on a six-game losing streak that has helped the Dash get that close after trailing by as many as seven and a half games. Here is a look at both teams’ schedules down the stretch to see who has the upper hand in wrapping up that playoff spot.

Logos

Tonight:

Winston-Salem vs. Frederick (6-3 against the Keys this season)
Myrtle Beach at Lynchburg (4-5 against the Hillcats this season)

Friday-Sunday:

Winston-Salem vs. Carolina (3-6 against the Mudcats this season, 2-1 at BB&T Ballpark)
Myrtle Beach at Salem (5-2 against the Red Sox this season)

June 3-6:

Winston-Salem at Salem* (3-2 against the Red Sox this season)
Myrtle Beach vs. Potomac (3-3 against the Nationals this year)
* – These two teams will play a twin bill on the first day of this series

June 7-9:

Winston-Salem vs. Wilmington (6-1 against the Blue Rocks this season)
Myrtle Beach at Carolina (5-1 against the Mudcats this season)

June 10-12:

Winston-Salem vs. Lynchburg (2-6 against the Hillcats this season)
Myrtle Beach vs. Frederick (5-3 against the Keys this season)

June 13-16:

Winston-Salem at Wilmington (6-1 against the Blue Rocks this season)
Myrtle Beach vs. Carolina* (5-1 against the Mudcats this season)
* – There will be a doubleheader at some point during this series. A date has not been announced yet.

With a three-game edge and no head-to-head matchups for the remainder of the first half, Myrtle Beach would seem to be the favorites for the division crown.  However, with their current six-game slide and the Dash having closed the gap by four and a half games in the last two weeks, we could still see Winston-Salem overtake their division rivals and clinch a playoff spot for the fourth time in five seasons since the name changed from Warthogs prior to 2009.

Join Brian and I here for the finale of the Dash’s five-game set against the Frederick Keys. The Pregame Dash gets our coverage started at 6:45, and first pitch will follow at 7. Tonight’s game can also be heard on 600-AM WSJS in the Winston-Salem area. Talk to you tonight!

- Rob

2013 Schedule Analysis (First Half)

The Dash have the best home record in full-season minor league baseball since 2010.

The Dash released their 2013 schedule today, which is one of the first signs of baseball’s return during the long offseason. You can check out the entire schedule here.

There are many marquee matchups throughout the season, and I highlight five parts of the first half schedule below.

  • April 5 at Carolina: The Dash kick off their 2013 campaign in Zebulon against a Mudcats squad that didn’t like Winston-Salem. The feeling was mutual. These two teams had some memorable battles (and a few fights) a year ago, and both teams figure to have a strong squad, especially in the first half. These two teams could be the cream of the crop in the Southern Division in 2013.
  • April 12 v. Carolina: Once again, the Mudcats will be the opponent when the Dash kick off their home slate one week after opening their season at Five County Stadium. Winston-Salem went 48-23 at BB&T Ballpark, which was good for the best home mark in the minors in 2012. Last season, the Dash claimed their home opener over the Muddies 1-0.
  • April 22-25 v. Lynchburg: Winston-Salem finished two wins shy of what would’ve been a perfect season. The Dash won both the first- and second-half division titles, hosted the All-Star Game, posted minor league baseball’s best record and went to the Mills Cup Championship Series. The Lynchburg Hillcats prevented the Dash from finishing off the clean sweep in 2012. The ‘Cats bested Winston three games to one in the Mills Cup Finals. Both teams will look much different when they square off for the first time in 2013, but there will be plenty of carryovers from that thrilling Mills Cup Finals to make this late-April clash one of the season’s most intriguing sets.
  • May 27 v. Frederick: Memorial Day is always a great holiday during the baseball season, and the Dash will celebrate it at BB&T Ballpark for a third straight year. Winston entertains the Mills Cup champs from 2011 this time around, and the Keys always tend to have a highly-touted prospect in the fold.
  • June 13-16 at Wilmington: Once again, the Dash conclude the first half in Wilmington, the site of the club’s first-half clinch last season. If the Dash are in contention for a first-half crown in ’13, it will likely come down to this final set in the First State. Here’s hoping a new crop of White Sox prospects will be celebrating in the visiting clubhouse at Frawley Stadium in seven-and-a-half months.

Stay tuned for our breakdown of the second half tomorrow! Only 154 more days until the season opener in Zebulon. Since we now know the schedule, the countdown can officially begin.

- Brian

Playoff Predictions Sure To Be Wrong

Welcome to October baseball. Sure, the regular season spilled over to the month’s first few days, but the next four weeks of action is truly October baseball.

Many in the Dash’s front office are excited about the postseason, too. Here are 10 playoff predictions from those of us brave enough to publicly make them.

First, some trends:

  • Detroit (tied for the worst record among playoff participants) and Atlanta (could be eliminated as early as tonight) both received three votes for the World Series title.
  • Baltimore, Oakland, San Francisco, St. Louis and Texas will not win it all according to all 10 voters, while Baltimore, St. Louis and Texas did not even reach anyone’s Fall Classic prediction.
  • Only one person (me) predicted the Rangers, who have won 18 playoff games over the last two years, to reach the ALCS.
  • Six people picked Detroit to reach the World Series, while five pegged Atlanta as the pennant winners on the Senior Circuit. Detroit v. Atlanta represents the most popular World Series prediction.

Here are all of the individual predictions. Give us your picks in the comments!

The majority of our voters think Miguel Cabrera and the Tigers will reach the World Series (Orlin Wagner/AP).

Sarah Baumann (Group Sales Representative):

Wild Card: Baltimore and Atlanta
ALDS: New York and Oakland
NLDS: Atlanta and Cincinnati
LCS: New York and Atlanta
World Series: New York

Brian Boesch (Guy Who Writes This Blog):

Wild Card: Texas and St. Louis
ALDS: Texas and Detroit
NLDS: Washington and San Francisco
LCS: Detroit and San Francisco
World Series: Detroit

Nikki Caldwell (Associate Director of Events & Marketing):

Wild Card: Baltimore and Atlanta
ALDS: New York and Detroit
NLDS: Atlanta and Cincinnati
LCS: Detroit and Atlanta
World Series: Atlanta

Brandon Cathey (Director of Marketing and Communications):

Wild Card: Texas and St. Louis
ALDS: New York and Detroit
NLDS: Washington and San Francisco
LCS: Detroit and San Francisco
World Series: Detroit

C.J. Johnson (Vice President, Ticket Sales):

Wild Card: Baltimore and Atlanta
ALDS: New York and Oakland
NLDS: Washington and San Francisco
LCS: New York and Washington
World Series: Washington

Chipper Jones is aiming for one more run in the playoffs with the Braves (AP).

Trey Kalny (Director of Game Entertainment):

Wild Card: Baltimore and Atlanta
ALDS: New York and Oakland
NLDS: Washington and Cincinnati
LCS: Oakland and Cincinnati
World Series: Cincinnati

Caleb Pardick (Associate Director of Creative Services):

Wild Card: Baltimore and Atlanta
ALDS: New York and Detroit
NLDS: Atlanta and Cincinnati
LCS: Detroit and Atlanta
World Series: Detroit

Russell Parmele (Group Ticket Sales Manager):

Wild Card: Baltimore and Atlanta
ALDS: New York and Oakland
NLDS: Atlanta and San Francisco
LCS: Oakland and Atlanta
World Series: Atlanta

Kayla Sherrill (Sales Coordinator):

Wild Card: Texas and Atlanta
ALDS: New York and Detroit
NLDS: Washington and Cincinnati
LCS: Detroit and Cincinnati
World Series: Cincinnati

Brandon Stump (Business Development Representative):

Wild Card: Baltimore and Atlanta
ALDS: New York and Detroit
NLDS: Atlanta and Cincinnati
LCS: Detroit and Atlanta
World Series: Atlanta

No matter what happens, playoff baseball is here! What a great time of the year.

- Brian

Breaking Down The White Sox Chances

A.J. Pierzynski and the White Sox are on the brink of elimination (AP photo).

With three games remaining in the regular season, the White Sox are still alive in the chase for the playoffs. However, Robin Ventura’s team is on life support.

Chicago is three games behind Detroit for first place in the American League Central, which means the White Sox must sweep the Indians in Cleveland and hope for three straight Kansas City wins over the Tigers.

In other words, it will be tough, but not impossible, for the White Sox to qualify for the playoffs. Here are some notes in advance of what Chicago hopes will be “Comeback Week”:

  • The White Sox have dropped 10 of 12 games to go from three games up in the division to three games back. The Tigers boast an 8-4 mark during that run, which began September 19.
  • On paper, the Indians do not seem like a dangerous team, and they have been a big disappointment in 2012. However, interim manager Sandy Alomar, Jr., is auditioning for the full-time position in Cleveland, so he figures to have the Tribe motivated for the season’s final three games.
  • What about Kansas City? The Royals have lost seven of eight, and the lone victory came in 14 innings Saturday after blowing a two-run lead in the ninth. However, if the Royals can help the White Sox, you can expect a standing ovation for the club when they invade U.S. Cellular Field for the 2013 season opener.
  • For what it’s worth, the White Sox are 9-6 against Cleveland while Detroit is 11-4 versus the Royals.
  • If the White Sox do avoid elimination for three straight days, they would play the Tigers in Detroit Thursday in a one-game playoff for a spot in the playoffs. The A.L. Central has featured a pair of playoff thrillers in recent years.
  • With three games remaining for the big league club, the White Sox organization has collectively posted a record of 464-465, which means that a two-out-of-three take from Cleveland would result in an even .500 record in 932 total games for the White Sox and seven minor league affiliates. Crazy.

Here’s hoping we can talk about postseason chances again tomorrow. Go White Sox!

- Brian

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