White Sox magic numbers | Bleader

The great Adam Dunn
By losing only once yesterday, the White Sox reduced their magic number to ten (because the Tigers dropped a pair). The Sox are one game up on the Tigers with ten to play. Any combination of ten Tiger losses and ten White Sox losses, and the Sox clinch the mighty AL Central.

Adam Dunn, meantime, likely will fall short in his valiant pursuit of the big league single-season strikeout record. Dunn's 205 whiffs this year already is the third highest season total, and he'll almost certainly pass Mark Reynolds's 2010 mark of 211 for second place. He'll have to really get breezy, however, to break Reynolds's 2009 total of 223 Ks. But it isn't over till it's over.

Dunn is having what baseball experts call a mindfucking season. Fortunately, he leads the Sox in homers and runs batted in, with 39 and 90. Unfortunately, there are those league-leading 205 strikeouts. Fortunately, he also leads the majors in walks, with 100. Unfortunately, he's only hitting .208. Fortunately, that's 49 points higher than last season.