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Simulated Sox: Fast-Forward to October

by Joe Binder

In case you may have missed it, we’ve jumped ahead in our simulation due to the looming return of actual baseball. The fast-forward now brings us to the end of the regular season and into the first weekend of playoffs. That’s right, playoffs!


The White Sox finished the regular season with a whopping 103-59 record to take the AL Central and head to the postseason for the first-time since 2008!

Here’s how they fared following the September 4-6 sweep of the Twins:

  • September 8th vs. Dodgers: L, 8-9
  • September 9th vs. Dodgers: L, 1-11
  • September 10th vs. Dodgers: W, 4-1
  • September 11th vs. Royals: W, 5-4
  • September 12th vs. Royals: W, 7-1
  • September 13th vs. Royals: W, 8-0
  • September 14th vs. A’s: W, 2-0
  • September 15th vs. A’s: W, 3-2
  • September 16th vs. A’s: W, 5-2
  • September 17th vs. Royals: L, 2-4
  • September 18th vs. Royals: L, 5-11
  • September 19th vs. Royals: L, 4-6
  • September 20th vs. Royals: W, 2-1
  • September 21st vs. Indians: W, 9-7
  • September 22nd vs. Indians: L, 7-10
  • September 23rd vs. Indians: W, 4-2
  • September 25th vs. Tigers: W, 5-2
  • September 27th vs. Tigers: W, 7-3

As you can see in the standings below, the Twins just slowed down while the White Sox remained hot through the home stretch. The South Siders clinched a playoff berth in their first game against Cleveland in the final week, and later secured the division on the final Friday against Detroit.

In the beginning of the postseason, the Padres won 4-2 in the NL Wild Card game over the Cubs. On the American League side, the Twins won on the road in Anaheim to beat the Angels 7-6. The victory set the scene for an AL Central showdown in the ALDS.

Since time is of the essence, we also simmed through the first two games of the ALDS and boy where they good ones. Rock-solid performances from Carlos Rodon and Lucas Giolito helped lead the squad to 11-4 and 7-3 victories respectively. Yoan Moncada highlighted the offensive efforts with home runs in both games and a combined 8 RBI.

Sox In The Basement will be broadcasting the end of the ALDS series on Saturday and Sunday. Once you’re done listening, come back on over to our site as we’ll provide the recap and box score. If the boys sweep on Saturday, we’ll then start the ALCS on Sunday. If not, we’ll have the remainder of the ALDS games coming your way. Stay tuned!


League Standings

W – Clinched Wild Card, Y – Clinched Division, Z – Clinched Division and Best Record in League

AL Central

  1. Z – White Sox: 103-59 (.636)
  2. W – Twins: 99-63 (.611), 4.0 GB
  3. Indians: 95-67 (.586), 8.0 GB
  4. Royals: 65-97 (.401), 38.0 GB
  5. Tigers: 52-110 (.321), 51.0 GB

AL East

  1. Y – Red Sox: 93-69 (.574)
  2. Blue Jays: 88-74 (.543), 5.0 GB
  3. Yankees: 88-74 (.543), 5.0 GB
  4. Rays: 73-89 (.451), 20.0 GB
  5. Orioles: 46-116 (.284), 47.0 GB

AL West

  1. Y – Astros: 101-61 (.623)
  2. W – Angels: 99-63 (.611), 2.0 GB
  3. Athletics: 87-73 (.537), 14.0 GB
  4. Rangers: 78-84 (.481), 23.0 GB
  5. Mariners: 52-110 (.321), 49.0 GB

AL Wild Card

  1. W – Angels: 99-63 (.611)
  2. W – Twins: 99-63 (.611_
  3. Indians: 95-67 (.586), 4.0 GB
  4. Blue Jays: 88-74 (.543), 11.0 GB
  5. Yankees: 88-74 (.543), 11.0 GB

NL East

  1. Y – Mets: 96-66 (.593)
  2. Nationals: 80-82 (.494), 16.0 GB
  3. Phillies: 79-83 (.488), 17.0 GB
  4. Marlins: 73-89 (.451), 23.0 GB
  5. Braves: 69-93 (.426), 27.0 GB

NL Central

  1. Y – Reds: 98-64 (.605)
  2. W – Cubs: 95-67 (.586), 3.0 GB
  3. Cardinals: 79-83 (.488), 19.0 GB
  4. Brewers: 76-86 (.469), 22.0 GB
  5. Pirates: 63-99 (.389), 35.0 GB

NL West

  1. Z – Dodgers: 113-49 (.698)
  2. W – Padres: 85-77 (.525), 28.0 GB
  3. Diamondbacks: 84-78 (.519), 29.0 GB
  4. Rockies: 73-89 (.451), 40.0 GB
  5. Giants: 48-114 (.296), 65.0 GB

NL Wild Card

  1. W – Cubs: 95-67 (.586)
  2. W – Padres: 85-77 (.525)
  3. Diamondbacks: 84-78 (.519), 1.0 GB
  4. Nationals: 80-82 (.494), 5.0 GB
  5. Phillies: 79-83 (.488), 6.0 GB
  6. Cardinals: 79-83 (.488), 6.0 GB

End of the Year Awards

Luis Robert headlined the group by bringing home the AL Rookie of the Year after an incredible second half. Here’s the full list of award winners and those who just missed:

American League Rookie of the Year

  1. Luis Robert (CWS): .266 AVG, 22 HR, 66 RBI
  2. Dom T-Williams (SEA): .212 AVG, 14 HR, 48 RBI
  3. Ramon Urias (BAL): .232 AVG, 12 HR, 46 RBI

Silver Slugger – Catcher

  1. Yasmani Grandal (CWS): .282 AVG, 37 HR, 99 RBI
  2. Mitch Garver (MIN): .276 AVG, 27 HR, 85 RBI
  3. Robinson Chirinos (TEX): .248 AVG, 29 HR, 75 RBI

Silver Slugger – First Base

  1. Jose Abreu (CWS): .285 AVG, 28 HR, 86 RBI
  2. Carlos Santana (CLE): .276 AVG, 34 HR, 92 RBI
  3. Anthony Rizzo (TEX): .296 AVG, 26 HR, 88 RBI

Batting Champion

  1. Jorge Polanco (MIN): .329 AVG, 30 HR, 96 RBI
  2. Tim Anderson (CWS): .328 AVG, 13 HR, 75 RBI
  3. Luis Arraez (MIN): .327, 17 HR, 74 RBI

Mariano Rivera American Reliever of the Year Award

  1. Roberto Osuna (HOU): 56 SV, 2.61 ERA, 79 K
  2. Steve Cishek (CWS): 33 SV, 1.36 ERA, 92 K
  3. Carl Edwards Jr. (SEA): 34 SV, 1.31 ERA, 47 K

Upcoming Games

  • ALDS Game 3 vs. Minnesota – Dallas Keuchel vs. Jose Berrios
    • Broadcast and recap will be released on Saturday
  • ALDS Games 4/5, if necessary vs. Minnesota – Broadcast and recap will be released on Sunday
    • Note: If the White Sox sweep the series on Saturday, then ALCS Game 1 will be released on Sunday.

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Featured Edit: Brandon Anderson

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