I’ve heard of must-win games before, but Thursday’s Sox game against the Twins is the epitome of must-win.
The Sox didn’t get blown out Wednesday night. They didn’t get embarrassed. The Sox played a close ballgame. A blown call in the second came back to haunt the Sox. Carlos Gomez reached base by legging out a bunt. After a base hit by Span which moved Gomez to second, Buehrle tried to pick Gomez off. The umpire called Gomez safe, but replays showed he was out. Gomez later came around to score the Twins third run, which turned out to be the game winner. Tough break, but the Sox can’t control what the umpires do.
Buehrle pitched decently, giving up three runs on eight hits over seven innings. Minnesota didn’t really hit the ball hard at all. However, the bottom line is that the Sox did not score more than 2 runs, losing 3-2. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you need to give your starting pitcher at least three runs if you want to win. No matter who you’re playing, odds are two runs aren’t going to be enough to win the game.
Now the Sox lead is down to a half a game. Earlier in the season, that might not have seemed so bad. With four games to go, a half game lead seems microscopic.
The Sox are capable. Gavin Floyd (16-8, 3.84 ERA) will start for the Sox on Thursday, going against Kevin Slowey (12-11, 3.85 ERA.) Floyd has won in the Metrodome this season, and he’s the only Sox pitcher to have done so. If any one of the Sox starters can win there, we know Floyd can.
The Rays have a magic number of 1 for their division title. The Red
Sox have clinched a playoff appearance, so the wildcard is taken. If
the Sox don’t win the division, they’ll be sitting on the couch in
Half a game lead. Four games left. Only one game left against the Twins. Lose that game and we lose first place.
This lady doesn’t know what else to say. It’s do or die, White Sox. Please show us what you can do so your playoff chances don’t die.