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Road Ahead: Can up-and-down White Sox stay in wild-card race?

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Road Ahead: Can up-and-down White Sox stay in wild-card race?

It might seem unrealistic, but the sub-.500 White Sox are still in the wild-card chase.

How much longer they stay in it, though, is a mystery.

The White Sox are just 4 1/2 games back of the American League's second wild-card spot, but the up-and-down play that's hurt them all season long doesn't seem to be showing any signs of going away. A seven-game win streak was followed by losses in five of their next six games. Then came a sweep of the Angels, but then they dropped a series this weekend to the Cubs.

Heading out west to play the Angels and Mariners this week, the White Sox will need to shake off the up-and-down nature of their season if they want to make a late push at a playoff spot.

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"Kind of the thing we've learned about this team all year is you don't know what's going to come," CSNChicago.com White Sox Insider Dan Hayes said. "Here they are, they played the Angels well earlier in the week, they swept them. The Cubs series has not gone the way they thought it would. It's just up, down, up, down all season long. And it's been this way. July was great right before the end of the month there, right before the trade deadline they go on that seven-game winning streak. Since then they've been up and down just like they were before. So really you expect them to turn it up for a couple days, and then they fall back right in the same pattern.

"They've played like a .500 team all year. Obviously right now they're a little bit below that. It's just kind of gone that way all the way."

See what else Hayes had to say about the White Sox in the Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland & NW Indiana Honda Dealers.

Jose Abreu has already begun mentoring Luis Robert

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Jose Abreu has already begun mentoring Luis Robert

As the White Sox have added young Cuban stars in the making in Yoan Moncada and Luis Robert, Jose Abreu's long-term role on the team has shifted.

The 31-year-old first baseman has been looked at as something of a mentor for the two young Cubans. He seems to be delivering on that so far.

Abreu picked up Moncada from the airport when he first was called up to the White Sox last July. Now he's helping Robert in the batting cage.

The Cuban trio is expected to play a big part of the White Sox future in the coming years. 

Robert has already stated his goal of making it to the majors this year to join Abreu and Moncada, but that may be an overly ambitious goal. Either way, plenty of eyes will be on him throughout 2018 as he marches towards the White Sox roster and his Cuban teammates.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Meet the real Tim Anderson

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Meet the real Tim Anderson

On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Tim Anderson opens up about his struggles in 2017 and why he wants White Sox fans "to know the real me."

Anderson dives into his personal tragedy from last season when his best friend was murdered in Alabama. 

He talks with Chuck Garfien about the dark days that happened, how counseling helped him, his new leadership role in 2018, if he'll draw more walks this season, "bringing swag to the South Side" with Yoan Moncada and much more.

Listen to the full White Sox Talk Podcast right here: