The Tigers are looking to take the rubber match game against the White Sox today, to win the series 2-1. If they do manage to win today, that will wrap up a very good 5-2 road trip against division opponents. After winning yesterday, they are already guaranteed to have a winning record on this trip, which is great, so today just offers a chance at some icing on the cake and some momentum as they head home for 7 straight against the Angels and Rangers.
In other, semi-related news, did the white flag just go up today from the Sox? ESPN is reporting that they have traded Edwin Jackson and Mark Teahen to the Jays for RP Jason Frasor and a minor league pitcher. Jackson has arguably been one of Chicago's top 3 starters this season, and they didn't really get much in return. Is this the beginning of a Chicago firesale? I am hesitant to make any declaration one way or the other, depending on how you view GM Kenny Williams' comment (per ESPN):
"The three-game series against the Tigers... [will] determine whether the White Sox [will] be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline [this Sunday]."
If it is the beginning of the Sox giving up, I think this was a premature move. Maybe Williams just got upset after the loss last night, had a little too much to drink and then made the move? I don't know, especially since the trade seems like a net loss in the short run. I know there are some Sox fans on here; what do you guys think about this move?