Three Keys To White Sox Winning Game 3 Win-Or-Go Home
Winner-take-all. The pressures of do or die baseball. Winner stay and losers go home. There’s nothing like it in playoffs baseball. That’s what the Chicago White Sox will be dealing with this afternoon. When they take the field in Oakland Coliseum.
The first time in franchise history. The White Sox will be playing an elimination game in the playoffs. You would think this team is feeling the pressure, but in all honesty after Wednesday’s 5-3 loss. In which they were down 5-0, but rallied for three runs off A’s closer, Liam Hendriks in the eighth and ninth inning. Even bringing the go-ahead run to the plate. The Sox showed and proved they can hit Hendriks. That should be a big confidence booster, even despite the loss.
Now with the pressure falling more on Oakland. Due to them being at home and this being their third straight postseason. Compared to this being just the first for this young, fun and exciting White Sox ballclub. I have three keys that the White Sox need to execute to keep that momentum going for a victory.
First is that the White Sox need both José Abreu and Tim Anderson to have multi-hit games. Cause when the two best players in your lineup that have carried you all year long do good, you do good.
That leads into my second key. You must execute with runners in scoring position. One of the biggest differences between the White Sox Game 1 victory and Game 2 loss. Is that they went 1-for-6 with RISP in their Game 1 victory. That included Abreu having two RBIs. On a two-run bomb he hit on his lone chance with a runner in scoring position. Compared to Abreu going 0-for-2 in those chances, leaving three runners in scoring position in Game 2. The White Sox as a team going 0-for-8 with RISP in Game 2.
The third and final key to the White Sox winning Game 3. Is that they will have to play and execute the small things. That includes not making errors and running the bases properly. Probably the other biggest difference in both the Game 1 victory for the White Sox compared to the Game 2 loss. Being that they committed no errors in Game 1 and committed two in Game 2. Including a huge throwing error by second baseman Nick Madrigal with two outs in the bottom of the first that had the White Sox quickly playing out of a 2-0 hole. They wouldn’t have been in, had Madrigal made that play. That’s why they always say pitching and clean defense is usually among the two biggest keys to any team winning in the postseason.