Battle for the East
OK. I’m sure you’re all aware of this, but I wanted to get it down on “paper” before I explode. The Yankees are 1 game up on us with 4 games left in the regular season. They are throwing their hottest pitcher (Small) at a struggling Baltimore club and we’re throwing the coldest pitcher in baseball (Clement) at a Toronto team that we just can’t beat.
+ If the Sox lose and Yanks win, we have to win all 3 games to take the East (remind you of something?)
+ If both teams lose (or win), we have to win at least 2 to force a 1 game playoff
+ If we win and they lose, we can take the East with a series (2-1) win
If you bring Cleveland into the mix too it gets a bit more complicated. The Sox are tied with the Indians in the AL wild card race. Cleveland goes against division rival Chicago for their last 3 games, but with the White Sox likely clinching a playoff spot today, they are more likely to rest some key players in the series, further dampening our situation.
The bottom line is that we HAVE to win tonight. Clement is a huge question mark, but our offense has to pick it up for him even if his performance is less than stellar. This is nauseatingly exciting!