The Chicago White Sox enter the month of August having won eight of their last 10 ballgames, while smacking 15 home runs in the process to jumpstart an offense that can be really dangerous.
In short, they have played themselves back into the American Wild Card race, after exhibiting signs of a season that was on the verge of becoming a lost one. They went 16-10 in July to produce their best month of the season, and now only sit a manageable 3.5 games back of the final Wild Card spot.
Chicago will look to keep it going in the first week of August, as they take on the Tampa Bay Rays, another Wild Card contender that is currently seated in a similar position as the White Sox. Thus, it’s a very important series for both clubs and definitely looks to have playoff implications. Even so, tickets to U.S. Cellular Field for this three-game set are clocking in with a very affordable price-tag, as the average ticket price is just $37 for the series according to Razorgator, while the get-in price does not exceed $6 for any of the three contests.
From there, it’s a trip to Kauffman Stadium to take on the first-place Kansas City Royals, before returning home to meet with one of teams they’re trying to hunt down in the AL Wild Card race, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. At the moment, the Halos occupy the first Wild Card berth, and as a result, have a target on their back, with teams like Chicago coming right after them. Remarkably, tickets for this series are averaging only $43 per game, as Angels tickets usually attract a higher price than that just based on the fact that they boast the best player in all of baseball, Mike Trout. With the get-in price being just $3 for all three games, you can’t ask for better value. Fans also have the ability to save big on parking in Chicago through ParkWhiz.com, with spots starting at $20 for each of the club’s upcoming home games.
Versatile veteran Melky Cabrera has been a big part of the team’s resurgence, hitting .478 with 16 RBI in his last 11 games through August 1. Furthermore, slugger Jose Abreu has a 12-game hitting streak, and that’s extremely important that he’s performing well, as he’s the most important bat in this lineup, capable of doing the most damage, as he often showed last year throughout his rookie campaign. Slick shortstop Alexei Ramirez has also been getting it done, having smashed four home runs in his last 14 games.
“When you score runs, period, it’s better,” said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. “It’s been a nice change that we’re scoring some runs.” Usually, Chicago has had to lean on their talented arms, especially All-Star Chris Sale, to win them games, but with their offense getting in a groove as of late, the White Sox could be a real dark horse as the season enters the homestretch.