The White Sox haven't been mathematically eliminated from the AL Central or Wild Card. Likewise, I haven't been officially eliminated from the race for Illinois Governor.
After Thursday's brutal display against the Mariners, an effort that even Ozzie Guillen called embarrassing, Ozzie stated that he would continue to play his regulars for the remainder of the campaign. Why? Because players have money on the line.
"I might give a couple of the new kids a chance here and there, but we are trying to finish as strong as we can. One thing about it is we can win 90-plus games and [still] lose. I'm not going to give up just like that. If we get eliminated, I plan to play the guys who should be playing."
Ignoring all the incentive issues, playing the 'guys who should be playing' is a big reason why the Sox have gone 1-6 in their last 7 games, 7-14 in their last 21, and have won just one series in September. The starting pitching has been among the best in baseball in September. The offense, meanwhile, has scored 3 or fewer runs in 12 of the last 21 games. There's zero reason to show any loyalty to an offense like that.
No word on who Guillen, a recently naturalized citizen, plans to vote for in the gubernatorial race. Cheat in '06!