A's 2013 Playoffs
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It took three games and three ace pitchers, but the A's finally got to one, scoring all six runs off Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez, who was knocked out of the game in the fifth inning as the Oakland lineup collected eight hits, three of them home runs by Josh Reddick, Brandon Moss, and Seth Smith. Much like the night of Game 2, Detroit tried to rattle Oakland pitching, but little did they know that Sonny Gray was too locked-in to be rattled, and Grant Balfour, well, is rattled perfectly already. The A's will take the field in Detroit tomorrow, looking to advance to the American League Championship Series. LET'S GO OAK-LAND!
We’ve done a lot of hand-wringing here at AN so far about how the A’s matchup with Detroit. That is arguably the most likely ALDS opponent, but there is a decent chance the A’s end up with the AL’s best record and play the wild card play-in game winner. Here, I profile one of the two top teams in that race as it stands right now.
With Oakland clinching the division yesterday, we are officially allowed to acknowledge that the A's need to set a 25-man playoff roster for the ALDS, though their opponent is still unknown and certainly might impact the front office's decisions.
This is entirely theoretical, of course, because the A's are totally not going to win the division. Did the anti-jinx work?