If you were thinking that this season has felt longer than normal, you would be right. So far this year the Chicago White Sox are 5-12 in extra-inning games with 52 games to go.
If that sounds like a lot of extra-inning games, that's because it is. In a season where the Sox have been near the bottom in most categories, they are the current leaders in extra-inning games. The Seattle Mariners are in second with 16, going 6-10 in those games with the Arizona Diamondbacks in third with 15 games and a 10-5 record. Looking over the past ten seasons, the Sox are breaking some trends.
The 2005 season gave us the most extra-inning games so far with 19. This season, the Sox are on a pace for free baseball 25 times this year. The White Sox 16-inning game on June 5 against the Mariners was second-longest of this period; a 19-inning game in 2006 against the Boston Red Sox on the Sunday before the All-Star break.
So, if you were hoping for a quick, painless rest of the season, the Sox might not give it to you.