MLB: A Retrospective Of October 2020, ALWC (CHW/OAK)

(originally written October 2020)

Wild Card Round Matchups: TOR/TB  CHW/OAK  HOU/MIN  NYY/CLE  MIL/LAD  CIN/ATL  MIA/CHC  STL/SD

Division Series Matchups: NYY/TB  HOU/OAK  SD/LAD  MIA/ATL

Championship Series Matchups: HOU/TB  ATL/LAD

World Series Matchup: TB/LAD

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AL Wild Card Series: White Sox At Athletics
AL Wild Card Series: White Sox At Athletics

The slugging #7 seed White Sox, for a time, threatened to win the AL Central before settling for third place; MVP candidate Jose Abreu led the way. #2 seed Oakland hasn't advanced past the first round in 14 years and has been knocked out of successive Wild Card Games—they're hungrier than ever. Who will be left standing in the end?

White Sox Pounce on Luzardo, Game 1
White Sox Pounce on Luzardo, Game 1

Much was made of Chicago's 14-0 record vs. LHP in 2020. Their opposing starter in Game 1? A's LHP Jesus Luzardo, who served up homers to Adam Engel (2nd inning) and Jose Abreu (pictured; 3rd inning) to fall behind 3-0.

This Guy Again? Game 3
This Guy Again? Game 3

Despite throwing a pressure-packed 49 pitches just the day before, Melvin turned to Hendriks once more to close out Game 3. Showing NO decline in his stuff, Hendriks struck out the side following a leadoff single by DH James McCann. Final: Athletics 6, White Sox 4.

AL Wild Card Series: White Sox At Athletics
AL Wild Card Series: White Sox At Athletics

The slugging #7 seed White Sox, for a time, threatened to win the AL Central before settling for third place; MVP candidate Jose Abreu led the way. #2 seed Oakland hasn't advanced past the first round in 14 years and has been knocked out of successive Wild Card Games—they're hungrier than ever. Who will be left standing in the end?

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