In the do-or-die world of baseball in (nearly) October, the Chicago White Sox won their makeup game with Detroit on Monday, but the teams once again had to compete with the weather.
The game, as Rick Telander writes in the Chicago Sun-Times, had been postponed by rain several times since its original Aug. 12 playing date.
This time, though, the teams finally played the game, and the White Sox won, creating a tie atop the A.L. Central — and forcing tonight's one-game playoff between the White Sox and the Minnesota Twins.
During the season, each team was dominant against the other when playing at home so, in spite of the fact that Minnesota swept Chicago in a three-game series in Minneapolis last week, I predict the White Sox will beat the Twins tonight in Chicago.
As they say, there's nothing like home cookin'.
The winner will play the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the divisional series that begins Thursday. The winner of that series will play the Los Angeles Angels-Boston Red Sox winner in the A.L. Championship series.