Oakland Athletics vs. Chicago White Sox AL Wildcard MLB Picks, Predictions 9/30/20

Oakland Athletics vs. Chicago White Sox AL Wildcard MLB Picks, Predictions 9/30/20 Photo by Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago White Sox (35-25) at Oakland Athletics (36-24)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 3:10 pm (Ring Central Coliseum)

Dallas Keuchel (6-2) (1.99) vs. Chris Bassitt (5-2) (2.29)

The Line: Oakland Athletics -122 / Chicago White Sox +113 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Chicago White Sox and Oakland Athletics meet Wednesday in game two of the American League World Card MLB playoffs at the Oakland Coliseum.

The Chicago White Sox got an absolute gem from their starting pitcher Lucas Giolito to take a 1-0 series lead, as he gave up two hits and one run in seven innings while striking out eight. The Chicago White Sox won their first playoff game in 12 years and are one win away from moving onto the ALDS. The White Sox entered the postseason on a bit of a cold streak, but their recent victory was enough to have you feeling OK about this club moving forward. Tim Anderson leads the White Sox with three hits while Jose Abreu and Adam Engel have combined for four hits and three RBI. Dallas Keuchel gets the ball, and he was 6-2 with a 1.99 ER and 42 strikeouts this season. Keuchel is 4-2 with a 3.47 ERA and 52 strikeouts in his postseason career. 

The Oakland Athletics need a victory here to save their season and force a game three on Thursday. The Athletics offense was obviously to blame for the game one loss, as they struck out nine times in 30 at bats and came away with just three hits. The A’s pitching staff wasn’t terrible, it’s just really tough to win in the postseason when scoring just one run. Tommy La Stella leads the Athletics with one hit while Jake Lamb and Sean Murphy have combined for two hits. The Oakland Athletics Chris Bassitt gets the ball, and he was 5-2 with a 2.29 ERA and 55 strikeouts this season. Bassitt has never before pitched in the postseason. 

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The White Sox are 6-1 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series, 12-4 in their last 16 playoff games and 1-7 in their last 8 overall. The Athletics are 13-3 in their last 16 Wednesday games, 4-1 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series and 48-19 in their last 67 home games. The over is 4-0 in White Sox last 4 overall. The under is 3-1-1 in Athletics last 5 overall. The White Sox are 23-51 in the last 74 meetings in Oakland and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings.

It's impotent to remember that in a series games very rarely carryover, so you shouldn't put too much stock into how one team looked in one game. The Athletics offense is better than what we saw Tuesday, and Bassitt has been money this month where he's allowed one run and 23 hits in his last 26.2 innings. With that said, the White Sox looked a little too comfortable in the batters box yesterday, and Keuchel has been sharp as well this month, allowing one earned run and 17 hits in his last 20 innings. Keuchel also has the playoff experience that Bassitt doesn't have, and that's key in these moments, especially with the A's facing elimination. 

I have to lean toward the White Sox and the plus money.

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Randy’s Pick Chicago White Sox +113

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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