Sep 20, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (79) scores a run during the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
REGULAR SEASON FINALE OCTOBER 4: TIGERS AT WHITE SOX
The Chicago White Sox made a splash in the offseason in an attempt to regain relevance and compete for the playoffs for the first time in a half decade. Melky Cabrera, Emilio Bonifacio, Jeff Samardzija, Zach Duke were among the main acquisitions in a busy offseason for the 73-89 White Sox.
Chicago held its own for much of the season. They would have their hot and cold spells, but slumped down the stretch to make their record look a little worse than how the team had played much of the year. Chris Sale and Jose Abreu had great years and now that each have a little protection around them, the White Sox are a team destined for at least .500.
Many pundits feel the White Sox are better than .500 and will compete for a division title with the Tigers. If that is true, this final game of the regular season could be a divisional championship game.
We are a long way from October, but if the White Sox are competitive again, it always makes their tangles with the Tigers more interesting.
On a personal note, I understand more fans feel the Indians are a bigger rival for the Tigers, but for me I’ve always had an intense hatred for the White Sox, so if that rivalry is ratcheted up again, it will make for a much more exciting summer.