At this time of year it doesn’t matter if it was a close game or a rout.
A snoozer or absolutely riveting.
All that matters is this: Did the Tigers get closer to clinching the American League Central?
And when they know that the team closest to them already has lost — as the Cleveland Indians did in a day game to Kansas City 6-2 — the bottom-line question begs even louder for an answer.
So here it is: Yes the Tigers won on Wednesday night 1-0 over the Chicago White Sox after the Tribe lost — and yes again they pushed the second-place Indians to 6½ games back after they had climbed to within 4½ games of first on Monday.
With the best-case-scenario combination occurring two days in a row the Tigers have lowered their magic number for winning the American League Central to 11 games.
That’s not quite knocking-on-the-door territory but at this rate from the magic number being 15 Monday the Tigers are marching toward their goal at a rapid rate.
“We can’t be thinking about what Clev...