Not that baseball keeps these kinds of records, but White Sox fans would tell you that last night's postponement of the White Sox-Tigers series finale might be the most important rainout in the history of the franchise--and maybe the sport itself.
As a result, the Sox were able to avoid nemesis Justin Verlander, take a break from a lineup that's mashed them the past two nights and go into the weekend series against the Twins at Target Field still in first place all by themselves. The South Siders won't be able to avoid Detroit completely with the makeup game on Monday afternoon, but the break from their rivals and sidestepping Verlander are huge positives.
A more spiritual person would say that the rains coming down on the Cell on this particular night, against this particular team vs. this particular pitcher, was not a coincidence. They would say that somehow the baseball gods were protecting the Sox and their slim lead from the threat of Verlander hurling a masterpiece and knotting up the A.L. Central.
Do I believe in the theory? I'm not sure and we'll have to see how the race is affected by it in the next couple of weeks, but I can tell you that I can't remember ever feeling as good about postponed game as I did last night. And as a friend of mine said, it was like "pennies from heaven."
Sox Notes of Note: There's still no telling when, or if, Adam Dunn will return to the lineup. As I wrote previously, there's an argument that the Sox are better off without him. At this point, however, I'd have to say I would rather have him playing with the possibiity of the long ball every at bat...For better or worse, Gavin Floyd will be on the mound for the White Sox on Monday vs. the Tigers. His Detroit counterpart will be Doug Fister.