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Game 162: Tigers (74-87) at White Sox (87-74)

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Freddy Garcia (1-1, 4.50) vs. Gavin Floyd (16-8, 3.91)

Hey, bonus baseball! Well, not really, since this game was supposed to be played, anyway. But how many of you were kind of hoping that the Detroit Tigers' season would just end when it was scheduled to? Instead, the misery is prolonged just a bit for the greater benefit of baseball, as this 162nd game is needed to determine the winner of the AL Central.

If the Tigers were ever interested in playing spoiler (though their record during September would indicate they were not), today's make-up game with the White Sox provides an excellent opportunity to send Ozzie Guillen and crew home for the winter. However, I don't think that's going to happen.

Our prediction: The Tigers are going to get bombed today. That team ended their season yesterday at Comerica Park in front of the home fans and was ready to go home. Instead, they have to fly to Chicago and play one last game. You know how you're all mentally checked out the Friday before you leave for a two-week vacation? Yeah, it's something like that.

(Gary Sheffield might still like to hit his 500th home run, though. And with four RBIs, Miguel Cabrera could win the AL RBI crown. The White Sox, by the way, seem to think the Tigers will be fueled by crankiness.)

Meanwhile, the White Sox have to win this game to force a one-game playoff tomorrow with the Twins. Of course, that also puts a lot of pressure on the home team this afternoon. And Freddy Garcia might enjoy costing his former teammates a playoff bid to earn some bragging rights this offseason in Venezuela.

Sorry, Twins fans. We know you're rooting for Detroit today. Maybe the Tigers will want to make sure they don't finish in last place all by themselves.

South Side Sox has your SB Nation opposing view for the one game being played in Major League Baseball today. Hello, everybody!