Tigers-White Sox rained out, makeup game Monday

Justin Verlander is 12-1 against the White Sox over the last four seasons. He cannot beat Mother Nature, no matter how many times he tries.

A storm system that had been expected to pass through Chicago before Thursday night’s scheduled showdown between the Tigers and White Sox instead crept in just after first pitch, postponing the finale of the four-game series at U.S. Cellular Field.

The rainout sets up one final tilt between the AL Central contenders Monday afternoon at 2:10 p.m. ET. Doug Fister, who beat the White Sox on Tuesday, will make the start opposite Gavin Floyd, who took the loss Wednesday. The game will be televised in Michigan and Northwest Ohio on Fox Sports Detroit.

Instead of facing the White Sox, Verlander has been pushed back to Friday’s series opener in Cleveland opposite Corey Kluber. Anibal Sanchez and Rick Porcello will face the Indians on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, respectively.

For Verlander, it’ll be a rematch of his game in Cleveland in July, when the Indians scored four runs in the seventh to turn a Verlander gem into a Tigers loss in the rubber match of a three-game series.

That loss knocked the Tigers out of a first-place tie atop the American League Central and started them on a skid of five losses in six games. Detroit has held a share of first place for only one day since then, and that came after Verlander beat Chris Sale Sept. 2 at Comerica Park.

Since this week was supposed to be the Tigers’ final trip to Chicago this season, Major League Baseball, not the White Sox, was in charge of making the call on Thursday’s game. Though it wasn’t actually raining at the originally scheduled first-pitch time of 8:10 p.m. ET, the line of storms was close enough that they waited it out, rather than risk losing Verlander and Sale after one or two innings.

As it turned out, the rain was steady enough that they couldn’t have played through it without some serious problems to the infield and mound. Detroit went through those problems in Boston on July 31, and it left them with a rain-shortened loss once umpires called for the tarp with the Tigers rallying.

So for now, the Tigers remain a game behind the White Sox in the AL Central standings, and they’ll have to find a way to beat Floyd again.

“I thought Floyd [Wednesday] night, for the first three innings, was the best I ever saw him,” Leyland said Thursday afternoon. “Oh man, he was nasty. For the first three innings, I thought, ‘Oh my god.”

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Gavin Floyd again, eh? Well, he may not be as sharp as he was last night, hopefully. It was a chore getting around him. Best to be patient, try to get fastballs in the zone, maybe drive up his pitch count again.
Meanwhile, they have to leave it all on the field in Cleveland and everywhere else the rest of the way. No more sleepwalking, no more impatient ABs.

Not so sure pushing the whole rotation back a game is the wise thing to do. Bettr to keep some of them on their regular routine.

That would mean Verlander would miss a start though…

Let’s get real with Cleveland. They are one of the poorer teams in MLB. Kluber got “klobbered” by the lowly Twins. No way this team should let him get away with what he did last time. Masterton either actually.
Some statistical prognostications: If Max were to reach 20 wins, Cabby 40 dingers, Prince 30 and Delmon 20—I gotta believe we win this thing!

Indians & Royals both trying like you know what to not finish in last place.

The rainout helps the White Sox more as they are trying to straighten out their starting rotation. Remember Sale is 16-3 against everyone but the Tigers. Now they also get to throw three lefties against the Twins. When we play them on Monday it will be Floyd, who always pitches really well against us. Just a tough matchup. They are also skipping Peavy. Wonder what that means?? On our side, JV will go to Cleveland where he is 0-2 this season. We need him to get nasty. Pitch like it is the opening game of a season. This season is twenty games long. And unfortunately we are one game down. Because Benoit and Valverde pitched in both of the final two games against Chicago they catch a break. They need it and deserve it. As we now face Cleveland, do we use our lefty relievers?? Save Smyly for Porcello’s game. One game at a time. Win the series the first two games. Then you can look for your brooms. Go Tigers!!!!!!!!!!

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