The 2020 postseason has arrived! The Oakland A’s are in the tournament, as was fully expected at the outset of the summer, and they made it there with the No. 2 seed in the American League after winning the AL West handily. Their 36-24 record would work out like 97 wins in a normal full season, which is exactly how they finished the previous two years.
Their opponent in the first round will be the Chicago White Sox, who earned the No. 7 seed as the first wild card. However, that belies the strength of their campaign — they won just one game fewer than Oakland, and actually tied for second in the tough AL Central but lost a tiebreaker on paper. Still, as the higher seed, the A’s get the advantage of hosting all three games at home in the Coliseum.
This will be the first time these two clubs have ever met in the postseason, dating back through 120 years of modern-era franchise history for both.
The best-of-three series begins Tuesday at noon PT, with Game 1 televised on ESPN (or stream online at fuboTV). The second game will be Wednesday, also at noon on ESPN, and if a third game is needed then it will take place Thursday at a time yet to be determined. The winner goes on to the ALDS, which will be played at a neutral site at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
The pitching matchup for Game 1 features two young rising stars. For the A’s it’s rookie left-hander Jesús Luzardo, who has just nine career starts under his belt but brings elite stuff and a bit of postseason experience from last fall. For the White Sox it’s 26-year-old right-hander Lucas Giolito, who finished sixth in Cy Young voting last year and threw a no-hitter this summer.
Chicago’s lineup is packed with power, led by several young studs and a couple veteran All-Stars. Oakland’s order is stacked with quality hitters from top to bottom, and though it’s missing its biggest star in Matt Chapman, there still aren’t any glaring weaknesses at any position — their test will be whether they can execute with runners in scoring position.
Here’s how to watch and/or listen to the first game.
A’s vs. White Sox: Game 1
- Date: Tuesday, Sept. 29
- Time: 12:00 p.m. PT
- TV: ESPN
- Streaming (watch): Watch online at fuboTV
- Streaming (listen): A’s Cast
- Pitchers: Jesús Luzardo (OAK) vs. Lucas Giolito (LAA)
Game 2 will follow on Wednesday, same time and channel, noon on ESPN. The schedule for Game 3 will be determined later if necessary.