The race for the American League Central crown is a tight race between three teams, those being the Cleveland Guardians, Minnesota Twins, and Chicago White Sox.
The White Sox were the ones who emerged victorious last season, winning 93 games and finishing 13 games ahead of the Guardians.
This year, the Twins and Guardians have traded spots at one and two, with the White Sox staying in third place, but within striking distance.
Neither team has been able to put a whole lot of distance between themselves and their rivals.
White Sox reporter Scott Merkin tweeted some numbers, detailing when each team was their farthest above the .500 mark and what they’ve done since reaching their high mark.
High mark over .500 for each AL Central contender
Guardians: 66-56 (4-9 since)
White Sox: 61-56 (8-12 since, but 6-2 in last 8)
— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) September 8, 2022
AL Central Rivals Neck and Neck
This is the reason why the division race is still so tightly packed.
These three teams have been beating up on each other all season long, but have all been unable to find consistency for much of the season.
The White Sox in particular have been an odd team to watch for that very reason.
The Guardians are the ones at the top of the AL Central right now, but they’re only five games above the .500 mark.
The Twins and White Sox are tied for second and are two games back, but sit just one game above the .500 mark.
Minnesota is 68-67, while Chicago is 69-68.
It’s certainly going to be an interesting divisional race to watch these next few weeks.
It looks like it’s going to come down to the final couple of games.
But it’ll also be interesting to see if one of them can get hot and stay hot, and truly establish themselves as the best team in the division.