Towards the start of this week, the feeling around the ChiSox camp was that they were ready to catch the Central Division-leading Tigers. Detroit had a four-game series against the Yankees, play three more against the Red Sox and then another three against the Palehose. If there ever was a time to catch up to the Tigs, who led by one and a half games on Memorial Day, it was this week.
The Sox, for their part, faced an underachieving Cleveland team, hovering around .500 and 10.5 games behind first place.
Both series, Sox-Tribe, Tigs-Yanks, are now in the books, and despite Detroit losing three to New York, the ChiSox squandered plenty of opportunities to beat Cleveland, losing three out four games, and not gaining any games to los tigres del norte.
The Indians, meanwhile, made up two games and are now 8.5 behind.
I doubt the Tribe will catch up before the All-Star Game, but I have a small suspicion they’re going to be a second-half team much like they were last season. With Detroit in the mix, it’s going to be a hell of a race in the AL Central.
(With apologies to: Sarah Green for the headline – I really (heart) the Mets more than the Yanks; and to Choi Hoon, check out his MLB Cartoons.