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All A’s or White Sox? – Chicago White Sox vs. Oakland Athletics Wild Card Preview
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All A’s or White Sox? – Chicago White Sox vs. Oakland Athletics Wild Card Preview

The Chicago White Sox are a blue-collar team from a blue-collar city with big time aspirations this postseason. The White Sox got out to a hot start behind the bat of Jose Abreu and the arm of Lucas Giolito but hit a wall in the closing weeks. This team hopes to kickstart their postseason right and bring home a championship this season.

The Oakland Athletics are the definition of weather the storm. They got hot to start the season then hit cruise control, winning their first division title since 2013. Even though they lost star Matt Chapman to an untimely hip injury, the A’s got a boost from Matt Olson. They hope that boost continues to pay dividends as they start the postseason.

 

By The Numbers:

Oakland Athletics (36-24) Chicago White Sox (35-25)
71 Home runs (18) 96 Home runs (3)
.225 Batting Avg (25) .261 Batting Avg (6)
3.77 ERA (5) 3.81 ERA (6)
.240 Opp Batting Avg (14) .226 Opp Batting Avg (5)

 

The White Sox are a top tier team despite not being the division leader. There bullpen is stout and their batting rotation has a good mixture of power and finesse. This plays to the “All for one and One for All” style the White Sox have used to get to the post season.

The A’s are enigmatic on offense to say the least but that’s not the calling card for Oakland. Their pitching and defense wins them games time in and time out. Swinging for the fences isn’t a good idea against this club.

 

Key Players:

White Sox: Tim Anderson, Shortstop

2020 Stats: .322 BA – 21 RBI – 10 Home Runs

Anderson is Chicago’s third best hitter but he will need to be on par with Jose Abreu and Eloy Jimenez to make a major impact on this series. If he does that, the White Sox can run away with this one.

 

Athletics: Matt Olsen, First Baseman

2020 Stats: .195 BA – 42 RBI – 14 Home Runs

Olson isn’t a big batter by any stretch but he is a heck of a set-up man. He can get you home as evidenced by his 42 runs batted in. Oakland will need all of those to win this series.

 

Prediction:

White Sox over A’s

I like the A’s chances in this one, but the White Sox are a tight knit group who play for each other. Expect them to rally and win big to move on.

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