Let the final month of baseball commence. The ground in September will be set this weekend in the American League Central as the Detroit Tigers play host to the division-leading Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park.
The White Sox will enter the series with a three-game division lead, and can leave Detroit with no worse than a tie for the lead.
White Sox hitters have never had much success at Comerica Park, and Adam Dunn and Kevin Youkilis are prime examples of that. Dunn is just 4-22 at Comerica this season while Youkilis is 1-21 with 10 strikeouts.
Doug Fister and Jake Peavy will match up Friday night, both of whom haven’t been the beneficiary of much run support this season. Peavy will need to bring his best, as both Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera, the Tigers two prolific power hitters, have had tremendous success off of Peavy.
Saturday’s matchup will feature Max Scherzer taking the mound for the Tigers against Fransisco Liriano before the series finale takes center stage. The finale, which will be appear on Sunday Night Baseball, features the marquee pitching matchup of Justin Verlander and Chris Sale, as both are vying to continue their quest towards a 2012 Cy Young Award.
The series sets the stage for the September pennant race, as a sweep by either team could really put the winner in a great position. A White Sox sweep would separate them from the Tigers by six games, giving the Tigers a nearly impossible trek to the top. A Tigers sweep makes it a whole new ballgame, erasing the deficit that currently faces the Tigers. A 2-1 series for the Tigers brings them close enough, while a 2-1 series win by the White Sox gives them a comfortable four-game lead.
Regardless of the outcomes, the series should be outstanding, and the result of Sunday’s game will have an enormous impact on the division race. Sit back and enjoy, that “playoff type baseball” you always hear so much about, begins now.
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