White Sox Rain Out May Have Saved 11 Game Win Streak
Sep 21, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (49) pitches in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY SportsTonight the Toronto Blue Jays play the White Sox to make up for a game that was supposed to take place on June 12th but was rained out.
Why 2 irrelevant teams need to make up a game in September is beyond me. Maybe it’ll affect next year’s draft?
But if you enjoy watching Blue Jays baseball win or lose you’ll take it over them having a day off.
But the day before that June 12th game that wasn’t played was the Jays first win from their 11 game win streak earlier this season.
That was by far the high of the Jays season. Those 2 weeks in June is almost enough to think this team isn’t as bad as their overall record would suggest and that a bounce back season is possible.
But that 11 game win streak may have never happened if the Jays game with the White Sox hadn’t been rained out.
For one the Jays were scheduled to face Chris Sale in that game. So best case scenario it probably would have been a 10 game win streak.
If you don’t know who Chris Sale is he’s an AL CY Young candidate this season with a 2.97 ERA, a 9.52 K/9, a xFIP at 2.94!!?! and he’s put up a 4.9 WAR so far this season.
Luckily for the Jays they get Jose Quintana in the makeup game. He’s good in his own right but he’s no Chris Sale.
But missing Chris Sale isn’t the only reason to think the Jays wouldn’t have had such a long win streak.
The rain out also means every starting pitcher the Jays used after they left Chicago would have pitched a different game.
Esmil Rogers was supposed to pitch against Sale but instead he pitched in the opener against Texas. But if Rogers did pitch against Sale, Buehrle would have pitched in the opener against Texas. And so on and so on and so on.
A different starting pitcher starting a certain day could have affected the end result of each of those games.
We’ll never know how it would have worked out.
But we do know the rain out with the White Sox lined up everything for a perfect 2 weeks.
And for a season that’s been everything but perfect this superstitious sports fan would like to thank the rain in Chicago for theoretically helping provide a little magic in an otherwise magic less season.