Guaranteed Rate Field will serve as the host to the most interesting three game series of the 2017 season. Two of the worst teams in baseball, the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago White Sox, are ready to battle this weekend for a prized possession. This special item is within grasp but currently belongs to the Philadelphia Phillies. If you guessed the first overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, then you have hit the nail on the head.
The Giants are only one game back of the Phillies, while the White Sox still trail by a game and a half. Usually when a race is this close, it’s for a playoff spot. With the goal of the first overall pick, though, the situation is a little bit different. Fans can still root for our beloved White Sox to win but if the team loses, it is not the end of the world. In fact, the more games the Sox lose this weekend, the chances they have at achieving a slightly higher draft pick increase.
Let us run through a few scenarios for this weekend. Say the White Sox were to get swept by the Giants. They would actually be putting themselves in a prime position to slide into second to last place in Major League Baseball’s overall standings, at the very least. Should the Phillies win a few against Washington, which seems highly unlikely, then the White Sox could have a legitimate shot at owning the crown for the worst team in baseball by Sunday night. If the White Sox do win a few games this series, all it does is put the Giants in a better position to receive a higher draft pick by a spot or two.
Just remember, there’s a decent amount of things that have to happen here in order for the Sox to slide into last place in the standings and first place for the draft. It might not even happen this weekend, but there is still a lot of baseball left to be played so the possibility of getting the top pick is still alive as the regular season winds down.