Chicago owns the best record in the AL, but were swept in a three-game set by the AL West-leading Los Angeles Angels over the weekend. The White Sox were outscored 22-11 in the series, including a 6-1 defeat in Sunday’s finale.
The White Sox could find themselves in a postseason matchup against the Angels, who took the season series 6-4. Chicago, though, is focused on ending its four-game losing streak, not on which team it might face in the playoffs.
“Every day brings something new,” White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko said. “Obviously right now, what’s new is bad. We just need to change that come Tuesday.”
Chicago’s four-game skid began when it failed to complete a three-game sweep of Kansas City on Thursday, falling 4-2 to the club with by far the worst record in the majors.
The White Sox are 12-3 against the Royals this season going into their final matchup with the AL Central’s doormat, a series that should provide Chicago with a chance to solidify its lead for the league’s best record and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
The White Sox are scheduled to start Jose Contreras, who’s won four straight starts and five of his last six. The right-hander went 7 2-3 innings and struck out four in a 1-0 win over the Royals on Wednesday, strengthening his case to make the postseason rotation.
With 20 games remaining, Kansas City seems certain to reach the 100-loss mark for the second consecutive season and third time in four years. The Royals dropped two of three at Detroit over the weekend, including a 14-4 defeat Sunday, leaving manager Buddy Bell with little to say.
“Just one of those games,” he said. “We haven’t played one like this in a while.”