Swept by the Guardians, the White Sox’s playoff hopes are dwindling

CHICAGO — There’s at least one thing for the South Side fans who have navigated an extremely difficult season for their team over the past six months: At least they don’t have to stress themselves out too much in the last two weeks of the season.

That’s because the Guardians essentially dealt a deathblow to the White Sox’s playoff hopes over the course of three days in guaranteed rate field.

In a streak that has required them to sweep at least 2 out of 3 games to keep any hope of winning an American League Central Division championship, the hosts were beaten out of their by a Cleveland team that hasn’t stopped since own stadium swept in early September.

The 4-2 loss now puts the White Sox seven games behind the Guardians in first place in the AL Central, and after losing the tiebreak it’s truly an eight-game deficit with just 12 games left.

In the must-have series, Cleveland beat the White Sox 22-11 to win the three deciding games overall and essentially take the driver’s seat for the division crown. After each team scored a run in Thursday’s first inning, the Guardians got three runs from Johnny Cueto during his six innings on the mound to close the deficit.

Going 76-74 on the season, the White Sox aren’t officially out of the playoffs but would require an unlikely run through their last 12 games and a collapse on the part of Cleveland. Failing that, the team that was overwhelmingly favored to win the AL Central will have at least a share of first place since April 20th.

Curiously, a loss to the Guardians knocked them out of first place on April 21, and three straight losses at home in late September to the same team will likely keep the White Sox from doing so for the rest of 2022. Swept by the Guardians, the White Sox’s playoff hopes are dwindling

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