Good morning, Athletics Nation!
The 2020 MLB postseason is inching toward its finale, with the semifinal LCS round well underway. There’s not much baseball news today otherwise, which is fine since lately every development seems to be a bummer. Here’s another way to put it: No famous superstar players from your youth died yesterday, no more franchise cornerstones are being rumored to leave the A’s, and no fresh scandals arose. At this moment, no news is good news.
It will be another couple weeks before the offseason gets started, which is fine because there will be plenty to talk about on Athletics Nation until then. With 10 free agents coming off the books, there are decisions to make about who to keep, who to let go, and who might be out there to add to the 2021 A’s roster. For now, here’s an update on the playoff games still going on.
MLB Postseason update
Both LCS series continue to be one-sided. In the ALCS, the Tampa Bay Rays are now one win away from sweeping the Houston Astros, after taking their third straight game on Tuesday. Once again the Rays took advantage of mistakes by Houston in the 5-2 victory, like a costly throwing error and a run-scoring HBP. Recap from DRaysBay.
In the NLCS, the Atlanta Braves have won the first two games against the favored Los Angeles Dodgers. In the latest, the Braves took a 7-0 lead but nearly blew it, including four runs in the 9th by the Dodgers, but Atlanta held on 8-7. Recap from Talking Chop.
Wednesday LCS schedule (all times PT):
- NLCS G3: Dodgers at Braves, 3:05 p.m. on Fox Sports 1
- ALCS G4: Rays at Astros, 5:40 p.m. on TBS
When the sun sets tonight, the Astros might be done.
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The frustrating thing is that is exactly the paragraph we were hoping to be writing about the A’s this month
Really fascinated to know if this Rays thing would look like THIS over 162. Would imagine the stable would be less effective with more wear and tear. Seems as if a 60-game season works to their strengths. Great story, nonetheless. That defense is incredible.— Julian McWilliams (@byJulianMack) October 14, 2020
Obviously homers played a big role, but this will always be a what-if for A’s fans
The more I watch this Rays team play exceptional defense against the Astros the more I think about if/how Matt Chapman's glove alone could have changed the course of the A's postseason.— Shayna Rubin (@ShaynaRubin) October 14, 2020
Meanwhile, perhaps we didn’t quite break the A’s unlucky streak in the postseason
You know, it would’ve been OK for Altuve to forget how to throw a week ago instead of waiting til now.— Melissa Lockard (@melissalockard) October 14, 2020
I mean come on where are the five homers every day?
Astros in the #ALCS— Ben Ross (@BenRossTweets) October 14, 2020
Runs - 5
Left on base - 31
Wins - 0 https://t.co/qeoErylYQ1
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October 14, 2020