The White Sox have yet to be mathematically eliminated from the American League wild-card race.
And while securing a playoff spot is certainly a longshot, an extended winning streak could change everything in a hurry.
The White Sox have a chance at such a streak this week, as the last-place Boston Red Sox and the fourth-place Seattle Mariners visit the South Side.
The White Sox took three of four from the Red Sox earlier this season in Boston as part of a seven-game winning streak. And the White Sox just took two of three from the Mariners this weekend in Seattle.
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Could another winning stretch be in the cards with these sub-.500 foes visiting U.S. Cellular Field?
"I think it can because the Red Sox pitching is pretty poor, even when you get in that bullpen, it's pretty porous. But those are things you kind of remember. I know it happened about two or three weeks ago, but the White Sox have got to feel good playing against the Red Sox, especially at home," CSN's Bill Melton said. "We've only got 40-plus games to go. This is the time. If we can put it all together for the last 40 games, who knows? You've got a lot of people in that wild-card (race).
"This is a good time for the offense to be hitting like it is. You're going to be facing one good pitcher instead of maybe three or four with a good ballclub and a good bullpen. This is a good opportunity to put that final push, get it going and see what you can do. You're 4 1/2 out of the wild card, believe me that's a long ways, but the teams you're playing are the teams that you have to beat."
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