Al Messerschmidt - Getty Images
Friday night's victory combined with the Tigers loss in Minnesota just made things interesting again.
For at least one more day, hope is back in the hearts of White Sox fans. Just yesterday many of us, including myself, were tossing dirt on the grave of the 2012 Chicago White Sox. Things can change in a hurry though. An Alex Rios line drive into the left field stands and a Ryan Doumit double into the right field gap and instead of trying to think of what moves the Sox are going to make for next year, I'm checking out the probable pitchers for the remaining five games for both the Tigers and Sox.
Things are odd here in September 2012. I find myself cheering on the Twins and they aren't leaving me down. The Twins have won their last three games with the Tigers. If P.J. Walters can somehow beat Justin Verlander tomorrow afternoon, I just may go buy a Homer Hanky. The Twins seem happy to help our cause:
"These games mean something," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Unfortunately for us, watching the scoreboard won't help us. But we can go out there and be a part of one with the other team. You're looking out there and seeing the [White Sox] are winning. And we're in one of those twister games. So it is fun. Guys are into it and really pumped up."
Seeing them wanting to help out the White Sox is the craziest thing since Hulk Hogan helped the Macho Man win the championship at Wrestlemania IV.
The White Sox can't count on the Twins to do all of our dirty work. Chris Sale is going to have to pitch another game like he did back on May 28th, when he defeated the Rays Matt Moore in an impressive pitchers duel.
On Sunday, Jose Quintana will be facing David Price in Chicago and Anibal Sanchez will face Liam Hendricks in Minnesota. Quintana pitched well in his short outing against the Rays in May. If you remember, he was kicked out for throwing behind Ben Zobrist, which set off Hawk Harrelson.
After that, the Tigers head to Kansas City, where hopefully the Royals will catch some of the Twins passion for helping the Sox make the playoffs. Detroit will be facing the three-headed monster of Bruce Chen, Jeremy Guthrie and Luis Mendoza and will counter with Rick Porcello, Doug Fister and TBA- which could be either Max Scherzer, Drew Smyly or possibly Verlander if he is needed on short rest.
The White Sox will most likely send out either Hector Santiago or Francisco Liriano on Monday, Jake Peavy and Gavin Floyd against the Indians while they will most likely throw Corey Kluber, Justin Masterson and either David Huff or "Fausto" Roberto Hernandez.
Besides the Sunday game, I like our match-ups.
Whatever happens though, we have one more afternoon thinking of the possibilities. Thats a good thing.