The White Sox entered the final series of the season needing to win all three of their final games and hope the Royals could sweep the Tigers. Chicago got the first win it needed on Monday, with an 11-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians, but the Tigers didn't allow for any drama, clinching the division with two games to go.
Detroit took control of the division over the last half of September once Chicago fell into a losing streak. The White Sox lost five straight at one point and 10 of 12 prior to Monday's win. That swoon allowed Detroit to come from second place and not only overtake the division lead, but clinch it.
By being eliminated on Monday, the White Sox have now missed the playoffs in each of the last four seasons. The White Sox have not won a playoff series since they won the 2005 World Series.