Tigers-White Sox will make up rainout Aug. 30
It’s official: Last week’s Tigers rainout against the White Sox in Chicago will be made up with a doubleheader on Saturday, August 30, the Tigers’ lone remaining trip to the Windy City. It’ll be a split doubleheader with 1:10 and 7:10 ET starts.
The Tigers already had a split doubleheader scheduled for the previous Saturday at Minnesota, so they’ll have two doubleheaders in as many weekends on the road. Both trips come in a stretch where the Tigers have only one off-day scheduled over three weeks, so Detroit will play 24 games in 23 days. And 15 of those games will be on the road.
The problem isn’t how to make up the games, because there really wasn’t much choice. The Tigers and Twins opted to make up their late April rainout during Detroit’s next visit in August rather than their final visit in September, which makes total sense. Likewise, they had little choice in Chicago. The only alternative would’ve been to find a common off-day and make a one-day trip, which nobody wants.
The problem the Tigers ran into is the imbalance of off-days — too many early in the season, and too few late. They had six SCHEDULED off days from April 1 to May 1, including two weeks with off-days on Monday and Thursday — one on a West Coast trip (Interleague Play had a role in that one), the other around their first Chicago trip. They’ve had three off-days since, one unplanned thanks to the rainout in Chicago, another taken away when they had to play that makeup game against the Royals yesterday.