The White Sox march to the postseason: You didn't think it would be easy, did you?

The White Sox march to the postseason: You didn't think it would be easy, did you?
It's no use obsessing, but I'm human. Alexei Ramirez getting picked off of third with less than two outs against the Royals on Thursday night might be a defining moment of the season.

Three straight losses.

After five straight wins.

Such is the current reality of White Sox baseball as the South Siders try to hang on to what is now a game and a half lead over the Tigers, who after their postponement with the Twins last night will play a doubleheader on Sunday.

I'm not ready to jump off the ledge after last night's 6-2 loss to the Angels, but all of us have cause for concern. And while every game from now on is in that must-win category, tonight's contest takes on even more meaning with Angels' ace Jered Weaver (18-4, 2.79), the favorite to win this year's Cy Young Award who has had his way with the Sox his entire career, pitching on Sunday afternoon.

If the Sox don't win tonight with Jose Quintana facing Dan Haren and Weaver does what he's expected to do--defeat the Sox--our losing streak would hit five. And even more disheartening is that the division lead could very well disappear with Detroit hosting Minnesota.

If that worst-case scenario presents itself, it doesn't mean that all is lost. The good news is that the Sox come home, where they've played much better. It'll be three against the Indians, then four against the Rays. There's no guarantee good things will happen, but we'll be home.

Keep the faith.







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