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Open Thread - Game 138: White Sox (58-79) vs. Tigers (73-64)

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Jon Garland (8-10, 4.89) vs. Jeremy Bonderman (11-7, 4.72), 7:05 p.m. EST

Okay, we've all had a day to exhale and decompress over the Tigers' infuriating 8-7 loss to Oakland on Sunday. Hopefully, the players and coaches did much the same thing with a day off. Get it out of your system, forget about it, and focus on the task at hand. There are still 25 games remaining on the schedule. Detroit is 2 1/2 games out of the Wild Card spot. Remain calm. All is well.

Of course, if you'd like to freak out, you're certainly entitled to that. THE TIGERS BLEW A 7-0 LEAD ON SUNDAY. PLAYOFFS? FOOL, WHAT GANJA ARE YOU SMOKING?!? THEY CAN'T WIN A SERIES AGAINST THE ROYALS OR A'S!! Ahem. Remain calm. All is well.

Maintaining composure might also be difficult when you consider that the Tigers are 4-8 against the White Sox this season. Maybe Ozzie's crew isn't the ideal team to be facing right now. But the White Sox have also won just two of their last 10 games, so the Tigers could be catching them at a good time.

Jon Garland is winless in his past six starts, and has given up four or more runs in four of those games. But he did pitch well last time out against the Rangers, only to see his bullpen blow the game for him.

Jeremy Bonderman is coming off his best start in six weeks, finally getting a win after nine games of some hellish pitching performances. Yes, that victory was against the Kansas City Royals, and they were playing a getaway day lineup, but the Tigers really needed to salvage a win, and Bondo got them one. The White Sox have been rough on him this year, however, tagging him with an 0-2 record and 7.07 ERA.

Your SB Nation opposing view for this series can be found at South Side Sox.

Short Hops:

▪▪ Gary Sheffield says his shoulder feels much better, and he'll be ready to go when he's eligible to come off the disabled list on Thursday.

▪▪ Curtis Granderson will host a 30-minute chat at ESPN.com (instead of posting to his blog) tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. EST.

▪▪ And if you missed my previous post, we're having a Tigers blogger pow-wow at Comerica Park next Tuesday night.