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White Sox vs. Athletics schedule: MLB playoffs live stream, TV channel, start times for AL Wild Card Series

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The Chicago White Sox are one win away from advancing to the 2020 ALDS. Chicago took Game 1 of its Wild Card Series matchup over the Oakland A’s on Tuesday and will try to close out the series on Wednesday. The A’s will send Chris Bassitt to the mound on Wednesday in hopes of forcing a win-or-go-home Game 3.

Here’s a look at when the Athletics and the White Sox will be playing over the coming days:

Game 2

Wed., Sept. 30

3 p.m. ET

RHP Chris Bassitt vs. LHP Dallas Keuchel

ESPN

TBD

Game 3*

Thurs., Oct. 1

TBA

TBA vs. TBA

ESPN

TBD

* if necessary

And here are three things to know about this series.

This is Oakland’s first playoff series in a while

This is the fourth time the A’s have made the postseason since 2014. It’s the first time since 2013 that they’ll play more than one game in the tournament. Previously, the A’s had lost the play-in Wild Card Game on their last three trips to the playoffs: 2014, 2018, and 2019. Oakland’s last multi-game playoff series was a five-game loss in the Divisional Series versus the Detroit Tigers.

A’s played favorable schedule

It was a given that MLB‘s unbalanced schedule would favor some teams more than others. One of those teams that benefited from the regional slant was the A’s. They played teams with winning records in just six of their 60 contests: those coming in series versus the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres. The A’s went 2-4 in those contests. The White Sox, for comparison’s sake, played against winning teams 32 times; they went 12-20 in those games. 

White Sox entered on skid

If you’re a believer in momentum or just a victim to recency bias, then you’re probably concerned about the White Sox’s chances of taking this series. Chicago went 2-8 over its last 10 en route to losing what had been a three-game lead in the American League Central through 52 games. For our money, that doesn’t mean a whole lot, but it’s something to be cognizant of all the same.



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