The Tigers trailed the White Sox in the American League standings by three games just seven days ago. The prevailing thought was that the Tigers would need to be darn near perfect while hoping the White Sox would simultaneously stumble in order to make up games.
The Tigers haven’t been perfect – they’ve put up a 4-3 record following the Monday make-up game with Chicago – but the White Sox have done more than stumble. In what can only amount to a good-will offering to their brethren across Lake Michigan, the Sox have won only two out of their last eight games. For those keeping score at home, that’s one out of three versus Kansas City, a sweep at the hands of the Angels, and now one of two versus Cleveland. And you thought Detroit was the only team struggling to put away meager competition.
Today’s 4-3 White Sox loss means their lead is once again down to a measly half game. Detroit has a chance to pull into a tie for the top spot tonight as they host the Kansas City Royals. Anibal Sanchez will get the call for the Tigers; Bruce Chen will take the hill for the Royals.