Chicago, IL, USA; The game between the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers has been cancelled due to weather at U.S. Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE
They were supposed to have a chance, anyway. Mother Nature took that chance away, with torrential rains that prevented the first pitch from being thrown. If this had been a Twins-Royals game or something, nobody would worry much about making up the game later. But this was a big one, and so it's been rescheduled. From MLB.com:
The game will be made up on Monday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field, with a 1:10 p.m. CT first pitch, but the White Sox will now face Doug Fister instead of Verlander.
Verlander carried a 12-1 record over his last 13 decisions against the White Sox into Thursday's contest. So that's one piece of good news for Chicago.
The Tigers also dodged a bullet not having to face [Chris] Sale, who is 8-0 with a 1.20 ERA over his last nine home starts. With Sale moving to Friday, Jose Quintana pitches on Saturday, and Jake Peavy looks to be finishing the series on Sunday. Gavin Floyd gets the call on Monday, which had been the last off-day for both teams.
We all lost a great pitching match-up. But there's something to be said for delayed gratification, and that Monday-afternoon game should have a special feel.