9. Close to home
After some grueling first-half travel that included a trip to Japan and three 10-game road trips, the Sox have just one 10-game road trip left, and just one trip to the West Coast, which takes place just after the break. They also play 16 of their final 25 games of the season at home, where they're a major league-best 36-11. On the road, the Sox are a disappointing 21-29.