White Sox begin final seven game homestand of the season Monday night against the Rays. White Sox will conclude season, homestand with three game series against the Twins.
The Chicago White Sox were able to win its final road series of the season on Sunday against the Indians. The Sox will begin its last homestand of the season on Monday night against the Rays. With seven games remaining, the Sox can surpass its win total from last season during the homestand.
The Sox record in 2015 was 76-86. After winning its previous series, the Sox are 74-81. Although the Sox won’t finish above .500, they can still end the season at .500. However, the chances of ending .500 are slim for the Sox but not entirely impossible.
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At home, the Sox are 41-33 and they won their previous home series against the Indians. The Sox have been much worse away from U.S. Cellular Field this season with a 33-48 record. With seven home games remaining, the Sox can take advantage of their success at U.S. Cellular Field this season.
The Sox will start James Shields on Monday, as the struggling starter will look to end his season on a positive note. Shields is 5-18 with a 5.98 ERA, but he’s in jeopardy of losing 20 games as he could make two starts during this homestand. Another pitcher that could make two starts on this homestand is Chris Sale.
Sale would certainly like to end his season on a high note as he only lasted four innings in his previous start on Sept. 21 against the Phillies. Sale is scheduled to start Tuesday against the Rays, and could start the season finale on Oct. 2 against the Twins. Sale has the chance to end the season with a career-high in wins for a single season at 18. The All-Star probably won’t win the Cy Young Award, but he can still carry some positive momentum into next season with a strong finish to the season.
The Sox will also have some offensive players that will look to end their seasons on a positive note as well. Todd Frazier needs one more home run to reach 40 home runs on the season. With 39 home runs and 96 RBI, Frazier has career-highs for a single season in both home runs and RBI. Although his batting average is low at .226, this has still been a solid season for Frazier. This season will be even more successful for him if he could end it with 40 or more home runs and 100 RBI.
Jose Abreu can also end his season with 100 or more RBI during this homestand. Currently, Abreu has 25 home runs and 97 RBI. Although it would take an impressive streak this week to reach 30 home runs, Abreu can still reach 100 RBI for the third consecutive season. This would be a tremendous feat considering the slow start Abreu experienced this season.
This season hasn’t lived up to expectations for many Sox fans, but the team still has the chance end the 2016 campaign with positive momentum for 2017. Robin Ventura could very well be managing his last seven games with the Sox. If this is indeed the swan song for Ventura, he deserved much better than dealing with an incompetent front office. Hopefully changes are in store for the Sox, the fans of this team surely deserve better.