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The Battle for the MLB Playoffs is in full swing

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September 12, 2019 - 3:39 pm

By Charlie O @Charlieo1320

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Who are the hottest teams in baseball?

  1. Atlanta                11-2       .846
  2. Tampa Bay         11-3       .786
  3. Milwaukee         10-3       .769
  4. NY Yankees        8-4         .667
  5. Oakland              9-5         .643

Welcome to “the Show” kid

The Oakland Athletics gave LHP Jesus Luzardo his much-anticipated major league debut on Wednesday night in Houston. Luzardo was ranked the seventh best major league prospect by Baseball America. He is 21-346days old (it’s a baseball thing). The A’s acquired Luzardo from the Washington Nationals as a part of the trade that sent relief pitcher Sean Doolittle to the Nats.

Luzardo worked 3.0-innings giving up one run (earned) off one hit (home run). He walked none and struck out two batters. Luzardo set the Astros down in order in the seventh and eighth innings.

Jesus Luzardo is the first Peruvian-American to ever play in the major leagues.

Projecting the playoffs

American League

New York Yankees vs. Wild Card Winner (Oakland or Tampa Bay)

Houston vs. Minnesota

National League

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Wild Card Winners (Milwaukee or Washington)

Atlanta vs. St. Louis

Batter vs. Pitcher matchups to watch today

Bryce Harper vs. Julio Teheran: 55 PA, .419/.545/1.047, 8 HR

Josh Donaldson vs. Drew Smyly: 21 PA, .474/.524/1.105, 3 HR

Gordon Beckham vs. CC Sabathia: 27 PA, .440/.481/.760, 2 HR

Yan Gomes vs. Kyle Gibson: 32 PA, .433/.469/.700, 2 HR

Khris Davis vs. Justin Verlander: 19 PA, .316/.316/1.000, 4 HR

The A’s last game versus a team with a winning record

The A’s will have 15 games left to play after tonight’s game in Houston. The four teams they will face – Texas, Kansas City, Los Angeles Angels and Seattle all have losing records. That should give the Athletics a real advantage as they head the down the final stretch playing for Wild Card Spot #1.

The A’s do have a battle on their hands tonight as they will have to face the Astros and Justin Verlander (18-5, 2.52). Verlander is the “favorite” to win the Cy Young Award this season. Oakland will counter with RHP Homer Bailey (12-8, 4.87).

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