Good morning, Athletics Nation!
The Oakland A’s are down 0-2 in their ALDS against the Houston Astros, putting them on the brink of elimination. But given our history, wouldn’t you be just as nervous if they were up 2-0? It’s not like that’s worked out well either. All you can do is take it one day at a time and hope for a win in today’s game. Hopefully, when we look up in a few days, the opponent will suddenly be wearing pinstripes or baby blue instead of awful garish orange.
Meanwhile, there are three other series going on in the MLB postseason.
In the American League, the Tampa Bay Rays did what the A’s couldn’t by evening their series against the mighty New York Yankees. The Rays got off to an early lead, held it, and then added insurance, in a 7-5 victory.
The National League got started as well, and the Atlanta Braves got their series off on the right foot with a win over the Miami Marlins, who spent most of the year as the butt of jokes like “you’ll know this short season doesn’t mean anything when the Marlins make the playoffs.” In this case the Fish led early, but a six-run 7th by the Braves changed the tide. Sounds a lot like the A’s first game. Atlanta won 9-5.
Finally, the Los Angeles Dodgers continued their expected steamroll through October. The San Diego Padres bullpenned it and it almost worked, but the Dodgers came through in the 6th with four runs to win 5-1.
Here’s the schedule for Wednesday, all times Pacific (series standings in parentheses):
- 11:08 a.m.: Marlins @ Braves (0-1)
- 12:35 p.m.: A’s @ Astros (0-2)
- 4:10 p.m.: Rays @ Yankees (1-1)
- 6:08 p.m.: Padres @ Dodgers (0-1)
Let’s not be the first team knocked out of the LDS round!
- Gallegos and McTaggart: A’s-Astros Game 3 FAQ (TBS, 3:30 ET)
- Hickey: Hendriks Not Willing to Change His Game Just to Suit Dodger Stadium
- Slusser podcast: Guest is Ray Fosse
- News: Jesús Luzardo will start Game 3, but not Zack Greinke
- ALDS Game 2: Oakland A’s have no answers in 5-2 loss to Astros
MLB News & Interest
- I really should have removed this section for a couple weeks, oh well
- Today in Baseball History
Game 2 Highlights
Loss! A’s are on the brink. But dang, Khris is heating up.
And so is Pinder. Longest dinger in Dodger Stadium this year!
Pinder showing you why he’s batting 3rd today pic.twitter.com/fRgSj5IHlu— A's on NBCS (@NBCSAthletics) October 6, 2020
Best of Twitter
MLB Postseason Home Run Leaders— Ben Ross (@BenRossTweets) October 6, 2020
Khris Davis (OAK) - 3
Carlos Correa (HOU) - 3
Giancarlo Stanton (NYY) - 3
Significant news for A’s/Astros
Dusty Baker said Zack Greinke is being checked out by a doctor because of arm soreness.— Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) October 6, 2020
Fun fact: In the 80s the A’s had a pitcher named Moose Haas. He and Mule were unrelated.
Sean Murphy has homered in back-to-back games this postseason, and now Khris Davis has, too.— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) October 6, 2020
This is the 2nd time the A's have had 2 different players homer in any back-to-back games in a single postseason.
Other time: 1929, when Mule Haas & Jimmie Foxx each did it.
“I also believe that hairless one escaped from prison or some such” - Susan Slusser
I found my favorite fan section at Dodger Stadium and there are even cats! I’m not sure I would mess with that one in the middle: pic.twitter.com/yK8a9ZR4y9— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) October 6, 2020
Great idea! Ummm can we have Green Day sing our pick next year??
Alex Trebek announces the Ottawa Senators' No. 3 overall pick in the NHL Draft, Tim Stuetzle. pic.twitter.com/u9zPHBha2z— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) October 6, 2020
It’s been done before. We’ve even seen it ourselves.
A's lose Game 2 5-2; they'd have to come back to win the next three to advance. Eight other teams have done so: the Yankees in 2017, Toronto in 2015, the Giants in 2012, Boston in 2003, the Yankees in 2001 (against Oakland), Boston in 1999, Seattle in 1995 and LA in 1991.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) October 6, 2020