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Sunday, September 02, 2012

AL Central race: September 2, 2012

CWS 72-61 [0-2 in SEPT]
DET 72-61 [2-0 in SEPT] Young, Verlander move Tigers into first-place tie

All that separated reigning AL MVP Justin Verlander and AL Cy Young contender Chris Sale was one sixth-inning slider to Delmon Young, who nearly swung around his shoetops to get it and lined it over the left-field fence for a go-ahead three-run homer. Verlander did the rest, completing eight innings with 11 strikeouts for a 4-2 win before a sellout crowd Sunday night at Comerica Park.

NTNgod Posted: September 02, 2012 at 11:00 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: al central, pennant race, tigers, white sox

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   1. chisoxcollector Posted: September 02, 2012 at 11:39 PM (#4225361)
Well that was depressing.
   2. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: September 03, 2012 at 12:17 AM (#4225370)
Even Vlad Guerrero did a double take on that ball at the ankles that Delmon Young yanked into the bullpen.
   3. rr Posted: September 03, 2012 at 12:18 AM (#4225371)
Good game tonight, from a neutral standpoint (not good for CHI fans, obviously).

Which team has the easier sched the rest of the way? I know DET plays OAK and LAA pretty soon.
   4. chisoxcollector Posted: September 03, 2012 at 01:15 AM (#4225381)
The White Sox remaining schedule:

3 against the Twins (Chicago)
3 against the Royals (Chicago)
4 against the Tigers (Chicago)
3 against the Twins (Minnesota)
3 against the Royals (KC)
3 against the Angels (Anaheim)
3 against the Indians (Chicago)
4 against the Rays (Chicago)

The Tigers remaining schedule:

3 against the Indians (Detroit)
3 against the Angels (Anaheim)
4 against the White Sox (Chicago)
3 against the Indians (Cleveland)
3 against the A's (Detroit)
3 against the Twins (Detroit)
4 against the Royals (Detroit)
3 against the Twins (Minnesota)

The main difference is the Sox have 4 home games against the Rays and the Tigers have 3 home games against the A's. The White Sox have 17 home games remaining, while the Tigers only have 13.

   5. Walt Davis Posted: September 03, 2012 at 04:54 AM (#4225400)
For those too lazy to waste time on this, remaining games by opponent (Sox then Tigers)

Twins 6 6
Royals 6 4
Indians 3 6
Angels 3 3 (both in Anaheim)
Rays 4 0
A's 0 3 (both at home)
4 against each other

So as balanced as you can get really. 2 extra vs. the Royals vs. 3 extra vs. the Indians; 4 vs. Rays, 3 vs. A's. The big one being the 4 against each other.
   6. BurlyBuehrle Posted: September 03, 2012 at 09:40 AM (#4225429)
The Sox now have a 14-game losing streak against Detroit in September dating to 2010. Obviously, the 4-game set between Chicago and the Tigers at the Cell next week is huge; Detroit will run Verlander and Scherzer - who Chicago couldn't hit, period - out there for two of those games. The good news for Sox fans is that the South Siders are 22-6 in their last 28 home games; 17 of their final 29, including the 4 against Detroit, are at home.

Run differential still says the Sox are the better club (Sox +64; Tigers +38). And the last time Detroit swept the White Sox at Comerica, they promptly handed first place back in the next series against Cleveland.

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