Guaranteed Rate Field will serve as the host to the most intense 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, you hit the nail on the head.
The Giants are only one game back of Philly, while the Sox are just a game and a half back. Usually when looking at the standings and seeing a race this close, it’s for a playoff spot. With the goal of the first overall pick, though, the situation is a little different. Fans should not be rooting for the Sox to win. In fact, the more games the Sox lose this weekend, the better. For example, let’s 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, at the very least. Should the Phillies win a few against Washington, which seems highly unlikely, then the Sox have a legitimate shot at the crown for the worst team in baseball by Sunday night. Now, sure it’s difficult to hope for Ricky’s Boys to lose. However, sometimes you have to put the future first and hope for a less than desirable outcome. If the White Sox do win this series, all it does is put the Giants in a better position to receive a higher draft pick. Just remember, there’s a decent amount of things that need to happen here in order for the Sox to slide into last place. It might not even happen this weekend because of the match-ups. However, there’s a lot of baseball left to be played so it’s still a real possibility as the season winds down.