Mathematically, the Chicago White Sox enter September still technically in the American League Wild Card hunt, but overcoming several other teams in front of them looks like a nearly impossible task. Even so, with a month-and-change remaining in the slate, the White Sox will keep fighting and trying to string together as many wins as they can get.
They’ll find out quickly how legitimate their chances are when they open up the final month of the campaign with series matchups opposite the Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins, the latter of which being one of the teams in front of them for a Wild Card spot. It’ll be extra crucial for Chicago, though as they are a combined 7-19 against both clubs in 2015, and will need to turn that trend around if they want to make any sort of surge at a playoff berth.
To begin September, the White Sox travel to Target Field to take on the Twins in a three-game set. Tickets for this series are averaging only $42, which seems like a great bargain when you consider that White Sox tickets for the rest of the season are averaging $54.19. Furthermore, the get-in price for each of the three games fails to go into double-digits, making it quite the deal for fans who want to see meaningful baseball action to kick off the month. Chicago will need this series if they have any shot at catching up to Minnesota in the standings.
It only gets pricier from there, as the White Sox then travel to take on the Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Royals tickets are amongst the most expensive in all of baseball so it’s no surprise to see that this three-game series is averaging $112 on the secondary market, according to Razorgator. Kansas City is the best team in the American League, however, and did go to the World Series last year, making it expected that their tickets at The K rank near the top of the list.
Of course, the most critical stretch for the White Sox comes at the very end of the season, when they see the Royals again — this time at home — and the Tigers in their last two series matchups. Tickets for those six games at U.S. Cellular Field are collectively averaging only $48, which could turn out to be a huge bargain if the White Sox put themselves in a closer position for that final playoff spot by the very end. If that’s the case, it will be this six-game stretch against two quality division rivals that ultimately decides their fate. Not only that, fans can save a considerable amount on parking in Chicago through ParkWhiz.com, which has spots available around the stadium starting at $20.
Certainly, it’s been a disappointing season for Chicago, who had higher-than-usual expectations entering the campaign. They improved their starting pitching with the addition of Jeff Samardzija over the offseason, but he’s been relatively disappointing, as the White Sox don’t have much depth behind brilliant ace Chris Sale, who has enjoyed a tremendous season. Chicago also added Adam LaRoche and Melky Cabrera to their lineup but both have failed to make a significant impact. Last season’s Rookie of the Year Jose Abreu (.289, 34 HRs, 80 RBI) has put on a nice encore, but with so much inconsistency throughout the rest of the lineup, the White Sox have had issues scoring runs at times. All of it adds up to where they currently reside in the standings.