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White Sox vs A’s Wild Card Series Preview

The White Sox begin their first playoff run in 12 years in just a mere hours. Xavier Sanchez has a preview of their Wild Card series with the Oakland Athletics.

The Chicago White Sox made “Soxtober 2020” a reality after a season of the highest of highest and even some of the lowest of lows. Over the weekend, they closed their season out winning just one-of-three in their matchup against the Cubs.

White Sox starting pitching was atrocious, their hitting was lackluster and they could only muster together 13 runs in three games. The Cubs came in the series struggling too but outscored the Sox by 13. They finished the regular season 35-25.

Despite their struggles late, their August performance helped propel the Sox into playoff position. It is their first appearance since 2008. That season the were defeated by the Tampa Bay Rays in four games. This time around, they are hoping for much different results.

Sunday’s 10-8 White Sox loss to the Cubs landed them seventh in the AL standings. This lined them up to play against the second-seeded Oakland Athletics in Oakland. This will be their first trip in 2020 against a AL West opponent.

Mound Matchups

  • Tuesday, 2:08 CT: RHP Lucas Giolito vs. LHP Jesus Luzardo
    • Giolito this season: 12 G/GS, 4-3, 3.48 ERA (28 ER/72.1 IP), 18 walks, 97 strikeouts and a 1.04 WHIP.
      • Also had a career best K/9 (12.07), HR/9 (1.00), and H/9 (5.5) in 2020.
      • Giolito has two career starts vs. Oakland. He is 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA, 3 walks, and 14 strikeouts in 13 innings.
    • Luzardo this season: 12 G/9 GS, 3-2, 4.12 ERA (27 ER/59 IP), 17 walks, 59 strikeouts and a 1.27 WHIP.
      • At 21, he tossed three scoreless innings while allowing just on hit, two walks, and struck out four in the 2019 Wild Card Game.
    • White Sox were 14-0 against left hand pitchers in 2020.
  • Wednesday, 2:10 CT: LHP Dallas Keuchel vs. RHP Chris Bassitt
    • Keuchel this season:11 G/11 GS, 6-2, 1.99 ERA (14 ER/63.1), 17 walks, 42 strikeouts, and a 1.089 WHIP.
      • He had a career-best and lead the league in HR/9 (0.3).
      • Managed to throw 5 or more innings in all but one start. Also, only has one start allowing more than 2 runs (3 earned on August 10).
      • Keuchel is 2-4 with a 3.32 ERA at the Oakland Coliseum in 10 career appearances.
      • He is also 4-2 with a 3.47 ERA in his playoff history.
    • Bassitt this season: 11 G/11 GS, 5-2, 2.29 (16 ER/63 IP), 17 walks, 55 strikeouts, and a 1.159 WHIP.
      • Drafted by White Sox back in 2011.
      • He is 2-1 with a 3.04 ERA and a 8.0 K/9 ratio in four starts against the White Sox.

Who’s Hot

  • Luis Robert- 5/11, RBI, 3 R, BB, 2 K in CHI series.
  • James McCann- 2/2, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB in CHI series.
  • Garrett Crochet- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R/0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
  • Matt Foster- 2 G, 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R/0 ER, 2 BB, K in CHI series.
  • Aaron Bummer and Evan Marshall returned to action. They combined for two no-hit innings with just a walk allowed and two strikeouts in CHI series.

Who’s Not

  • Tim Anderson- 1/13, R, BB, 6K in CHI series.
  • Edwin Encarnacion- 0/12, R, BB, 4 K in CHI series.
  • Starting pitching (Dylan Cease, Dane Dunning, Reynaldo Lopez)- 0-2, 15.00 ERA, 9 IP, 12 H, 16 R, 15 ER, 8 BB, 10 K, 6 HR in CHI series.

Final Thought

The ending to the White Sox season was a disappointment to the fanbase and an overall struggle for the players. Toward the end of their final regular game they began to show some fight and overall joy in playing the game. Some hope that is enough to spark the offense in this Wild Card series.


Featured Photo: Oakland Athletics via Twitter


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