“We’re fully invested in going to Houston and at least getting one, squeaking out one win, and coming home in a tied series,” said White Sox lefty Dallas Keuchel, who spent the first seven years of his MLB career with the Astros. “But that place is loud. It’s a dome, the fans there are very knowledgeable, they love baseball and they know certain situations when to get loud, when to get extra loud. We’ll have our hands full, but I really do like our chances, so we’ll see.”
The White Sox will open the postseason in Houston next Thursday. After playing Game 1 and Game 2 on the road, they’re set to return to Guaranteed Rate Field for Game 3 and an if-necessary Game 4 on Oct. 10 and 11. If the series still hasn’t been decided, they’re scheduled to play the series finale at Houston on Oct. 13.
The Astros beat the A’s 10-4 on Saturday, claiming home-field advantage against the White Sox in the American League Division Series. The Astros seized the No. 2 seed in the AL, solidifying the White Sox as the No. 3 seed.
The White Sox have been a much better home team (53-27) than road team (40-41) this season. But that didn’t stop manager Tony La Russa from taking an almost neutral stance on home-field advantage when the topic came up last month.
“We would love to have home field advantage because you can see our numbers are better here, but we’ve played well on the road at times – most times,” he said. “Postseason’s what it is, which means it’s relevant, but it’s not determinative. We’ve had the home field and been beaten by the club that didn’t have it. So, it just proves that, that’s the unpredictability of the postseason. It’s be nice to have it, but it’s nicer just to get in and have a chance to compete.”
It is almost a lock that they are going to play the Houston Astros in the ALDS. The last time the White Sox won a playoff series was the World Series over these Astros so everything is coming full circle. The only question about the series is the location of the first game.
The Astros have six games left and the White Sox have five. Houston has three games left against those pesky Tampa Bay Rays followed by the Oakland A’s who are currently playing for their lives. The White Sox have the Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers who are all but out of contention.
The Chicago White Sox have a chance to catch the Houston Astros in the standings.
As of right now, the Astros have a record of 91-65. They are 2.5 games better than the 89-68 White Sox. Houston has the tiebreaker so the White Sox need to have a better record in order to pass them in the standings. That is certainly possible with the way the schedules shake out.
It would be really cool to see the White Sox take advantage of this schedule advantage and take over the second seed. They have been significantly better at home than on the road so starting the playoffs at Guaranteed Rate Field would really be a treat. It hasn’t looked possible for a long time but it is within reach for the White Sox.
The Chicago White Sox is in a very good spot. As a division winner, they are already locked into the American League Division series. They have executed a rebuild to perfection and are now one of the best teams in Major League Baseball.