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chisoxfanatic
09-12-2005, 09:24 PM
Thanks to Oakland's blanking of the Cleveland Indians, our magic number over them has dropped to 14!

Let's get that to single digits by this weekend, and then chip into it significantly so that we can clinch at home!!!

:gulp:

BeviBall!
09-12-2005, 09:25 PM
:indianslose:

Thank you Danny Haren. Your turn, Saarloos.

NSSoxFan
09-12-2005, 09:27 PM
Right now, a Dark Cloud is thinking: 18-0 is still possible for the Injuns.

:rolleyes:

CubsfansareDRUNK
09-12-2005, 09:28 PM
YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SouthSide_HitMen
09-12-2005, 09:28 PM
http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/j/msnbc/Components/Photos/050315/050315_haren_hmed_1p.hmedium.jpg

Thank You A's may I have another!

cheeses_h_rice
09-12-2005, 09:30 PM
And if you're a Toons fan, you have to realize that the Yankees gained 1/2 a game on you for the WC, and the A's a full game.

There's almost no margin for error for the Jndjans in the WC race. It puts the White Sox's "predicament" in a much happier light, doesn't it?

Chips
09-12-2005, 09:31 PM
Right now, a Dark Cloud is thinking: 18-0 is still possible for the Injuns.

:rolleyes:

I AM THAT DARK CLOUD.

dpbyron
09-12-2005, 09:32 PM
:D: Now let's take care of business against the Royals

chisoxfanatic
09-12-2005, 09:34 PM
I AM THAT DARK CLOUD.

Again, is the teal necessary here? :cool:

mccoydp
09-12-2005, 09:34 PM
In a way, I love the A's! (For their tormenting of our Sox)

In another way, I love the A's! (For the next three days)

soxjim
09-12-2005, 09:36 PM
:indianslose Magic number is 14. Thankyou Oakland. Lets get the number down to single digits by this weekend. Hope to see a clincher at home when I get back from reserve duty.

A. Cavatica
09-12-2005, 09:36 PM
See? High OBP and a disdain for stolen bases & defense will get the Sox into the playoffs after all.

kaufsox
09-12-2005, 09:52 PM
mood has improved since this weekend. Now lets take 2 of 3 from KC while Oakland keeps Cleveland at bay.
Practicing my dialing and mousing skills for Thursday!!!!

mr_genius
09-12-2005, 09:58 PM
Cleveland Indians, our magic number over them has dropped to 14!


nice, very nice

LongLiveFisk
09-12-2005, 10:00 PM
Nothing wrong with getting a little help! Go Sox!!
:bandance: :bandance: :bandance:

Cowhead418
09-12-2005, 10:17 PM
See now if the Sox go 10-10, the Indians have to go 15-3 just to TIE us. If the Sox go 12-8, then they will have to go 17-1 to TIE us. Ain't happening folks.


Note: See how I don't say "If the Sox go 8-12" instead.:wink:

Vernam
09-12-2005, 10:21 PM
There's almost no margin for error for the Jndjans in the WC race. It puts the White Sox's "predicament" in a much happier light, doesn't it?The Indians' own web site doesn't even show the division standings. It highlights the wildcard race instead. If that's not proof that the Sox' demise is greatly exaggerated, I don't know what is.

For them to lose with Sabbathia on the bump is another good sign. :gulp:

VC

Lip Man 1
09-12-2005, 10:30 PM
At this point in the season a half game is huge. A very good start to the week. Now the Sox have to hold up their end starting tomorrow night.

Lip

mjharrison72
09-12-2005, 10:39 PM
Ah, ah, ah!
Nothing like a trip to Oakland for our new AL Central rivals!

Lip Man 1
09-12-2005, 10:56 PM
Ah, ah, ah...

The series is in Cleveland

Lip

Whitesox029
09-12-2005, 11:01 PM
Ah, ah, ah!
Nothing like a trip to Oakland for our new AL Central rivals!
You mean old AL Central rivals, don't you? They were the very first.

billyvsox
09-12-2005, 11:29 PM
Magic number for division clinch = 14
Magic number for playoffs = 13
RIOT number for playoffs = 12

Reasons why we don't want the Toons to be the wildcard.

1) We would clinch playoffs before the division thus lessening or making the "celebration" moot the night we make the playoffs. ( I'M all for clinching the division FIRST, preferabbly at home with a WIN!!. (like '83 & '93)

2) We would play a division champ (most likely the Angels or A's), who may a a few days to rest and set rotations. The wild card will certainly go down to the wire, maybe even the final day or better yet a playoff with Ace's pitching (Randy Johnson vs Boston) (Colon or Zito for the west), which will limit their availability in the first round of playoffs.

3) My current best senario is Boston wins East, Oakland wins West, Tribe fades out and the Yanks and Angels need a one game playoff in NY (Unit vs Colon). Angels travel cross country and we get a tired winner with the Ace unable to pitch until Oct 7 or 8.

4) Come on...we really hate the Tribe anyway...have we forgotten 1995 thru 1999 and 2001.

CHISOXFAN13
09-12-2005, 11:45 PM
Magic number for division clinch = 14
Magic number for playoffs = 13
RIOT number for playoffs = 12

Reasons why we don't want the Toons to be the wildcard.

1) We would clinch playoffs before the division thus lessening or making the "celebration" moot the night we make the playoffs. ( I'M all for clinching the division FIRST, preferabbly at home with a WIN!!. (like '83 & '93)

2) We would play a division champ (most likely the Angels or A's), who may a a few days to rest and set rotations. The wild card will certainly go down to the wire, maybe even the final day or better yet a playoff with Ace's pitching (Randy Johnson vs Boston) (Colon or Zito for the west), which will limit their availability in the first round of playoffs.

3) My current best senario is Boston wins East, Oakland wins West, Tribe fades out and the Yanks and Angels need a one game playoff in NY (Unit vs Colon). Angels travel cross country and we get a tired winner with the Ace unable to pitch until Oct 7 or 8.

4) Come on...we really hate the Tribe anyway...have we forgotten 1995 thru 1999 and 2001.

The magic number is the same for the division and playoffs at this point. The Yankees and Indians have the same amount of losses.

IowaSox1971
09-13-2005, 01:45 AM
I wouldn't mind Cleveland being the wild card at all, because then we'd be the division champs.

Dan H
09-13-2005, 06:58 AM
One of the best things about being in first place is seeing that magic number drop without doing anything. With the current losing streak, it seemed like such a long, long time.

Hitmen77
09-13-2005, 08:42 AM
Another way to look at our playoff chances:

We'd have to lose 6 games in the standings to the Indians AND lose 7 games in the standings to the Yankees (or A's) to not make the playoffs.

Frater Perdurabo
09-13-2005, 09:16 AM
Here's another way to look at it: Four of six wins in KC and Minny gets the Magic Number to 10, even if the Indians win every single game through that period.

Then the Indians come to the Cell. One Sox win gets it to 8! Two wins to 6!! A sweep gets it to 4!!!

Then the Sox play four at home against the hitless Twins before going to Detroit to play the hapless (and eliminated) Tigers for four games. Meanwhile, every time the Indians lose, the magic number drops by one. They have no margin for error.

The Sox should have the division clinched before they have to go to play in Cleveland. They shall be able to start McCarthy and two other minor league callups in those three games to get the rotation set.

Bottom line: The Sox control their own destiny. The Indians do not.

mjharrison72
09-13-2005, 11:31 AM
Ah, ah, ah...

The series is in Cleveland

Lip
I stand corrected. One, one correction! Ah, ah, ah!

mjharrison72
09-13-2005, 11:34 AM
You mean old AL Central rivals, don't you? They were the very first.
I meant new in the sense that if you had asked us at the beginning of the season who our biggest division rival was, it was clearly the Twinkies. Either way, kudos to the A's!

maurice
09-13-2005, 12:06 PM
Quotes from the Toons (http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/cs-050912baseballtribe,1,4221108.story?coll=cs-whitesox-headlines) on the imminent demise of the Sox:
- Kevin Millwood: "It would be tough to sweep anybody, and for us to have a real shot [at the division], we'd pretty much have to sweep those series [against the Sox]. That's being unrealistic. We're just going go out and play."
- Bob Wickman: "That's the way we've got to do it right now, not concentrate on [the division title] and concentrate on the thing at hand, which is the wild card."
- Bobby Howry: "With less than a month to go, [six] games is still a lot of games to make up."

antitwins13
09-13-2005, 12:46 PM
http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/j/msnbc/Components/Photos/050315/050315_haren_hmed_1p.hmedium.jpg

Thank You A's may I have another!



Now, it's only a matter of time

Cellview22
09-13-2005, 01:55 PM
I think the magic number will reduce quickly this week.

And there's a good chance that the clincher will happen on the next homestand. I was talking to my friend about this: If the Sox happen to clinch next Saturday night, how would the fireworks effect the celebrating and the electricity?

I was at the game in '93 when we clinched, and IIRC, there was a roar after the game that lasted until we got to the car...even down the ramps people were chanting and going nuts. Would the fireworks put a damper on the celebration, or make it even better? Would it be 5 minutes of celebrating..then the lights go out..and people sit down and be quiet. I think it would be awesome if they played all celebration songs to the fireworks.. "Celebrate good times Come on".. :bandance:

kevingrt
09-13-2005, 02:41 PM
How nice would it be to see that Magic Number shrink to 10 by Friday. I would be so happy! The Sox have to take this day-by-day. I am not worried yet and I hope others aren't either.

Palehose13
09-13-2005, 02:52 PM
So....I'm nt very good at this sort of thing, but when does it look like the clincher may be? The reason I ask is because I have tickets for 9/24 and 9/25 and was wondering about the chances of being at the clincher.

Iwritecode
09-13-2005, 03:07 PM
So....I'm nt very good at this sort of thing, but when does it look like the clincher may be? The reason I ask is because I have tickets for 9/24 and 9/25 and was wondering about the chances of being at the clincher.

It all depends on how the 2 teams do the next few weeks. At the absolute earliest it could be the 20th. That's only if the Sox win every game and the Tribe loses every game...

----Sox-----Tribe----Magic #
13 @KC---- OAK --- 12
14 @KC---- OAK --- 10
15 @KC---- OFF ---- 9
16 @MIN -- KC ----- 7
17 @MIN -- KC ----- 5
18 @MIN -- KC ----- 3
19 CLE --- @Sox --- 1
20 CLE --- @Sox
21 CLE --- @Sox
22 MIN ---- @KC
23 MIN ---- @KC
24 MIN ---- @KC
25 MIN ---- @KC

You've got a pretty good shot at either seeing the clincher or just missing it. :cool:

anewman35
09-13-2005, 03:56 PM
I think the magic number will reduce quickly this week.

And there's a good chance that the clincher will happen on the next homestand. I was talking to my friend about this: If the Sox happen to clinch next Saturday night, how would the fireworks effect the celebrating and the electricity?


There are gonna be fireworks Friday, too (rescheduled from 9/10). I'm going, too, so I'm hoping that's the day...

Ol' No. 2
09-13-2005, 03:59 PM
So....I'm nt very good at this sort of thing, but when does it look like the clincher may be? The reason I ask is because I have tickets for 9/24 and 9/25 and was wondering about the chances of being at the clincher.I'm going to 5 games during that homestand. So, of course, the best bet would be on Friday 9/23.:whiner:

Wsoxmike59
09-13-2005, 04:43 PM
See now if the Sox go 10-10, the Indians have to go 15-3 just to TIE us. If the Sox go 12-8, then they will have to go 17-1 to TIE us. Ain't happening folks.


Note: See how I don't say "If the Sox go 8-12" instead.:wink:

Sounds good Cowhead. I'd like the Sox to finish up 12-8 (that's very do-able) and finish this thing out comfortably.

SouthSide_HitMen
09-14-2005, 10:21 AM
13!!!

Thank you