White Sox refuse to panic

White Sox refuse to panic

White Sox refuse to panic
ANAHEIM - There might be an occasional glance at the scoreboard to check out Detroit's results, and a few signs of frustration have popped up through an occasional White Sox bat slam during this five-game losing extended with the Angels' sweep completion Sunday.

But the White Sox have not altered their postseason plans and still believe they can survive the rigors of the American League Central's final 10 days to make their first playoff appearance since 2008.

"I don't think anyone is quite panicking," said White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale, who takes the mound Monday at U.S. Cellular Field against the Indians. "You start panicking and you get out of your comfort zone. That's what we don't want to do. Just be prepared."

"It is coming at a bad time for us," White Sox outfielder Dewayne Wise said. "But we are still at the top with 11 to go. We just got to go out there and not worry about Detroit. Just go out there and relax and play baseball. Whatever is going to happen, is going to happen."

Wise remembers the White Sox race to the finish in 2008, when his team had to beat the Indians, Tigers and Twins in the famous Blackout Game just to reach the postseason. Although the White Sox were quickly dispensed by the Rays in the first round, Wise and his teammates understand anything can happen once the playoffs begin.

"You get in there however you can," Wise said. "Every team's record is the same, you know, you just got to go out there and play. You never know what could happen once you get in there.

"A couple of teams might have the best record in the game. But it's about getting in there and getting hot at the right time."