Dallas Keuchel (6-2, 1.99 ERA) vs. Chris Bassitt (5-2, 2.29 ERA)
The Oakland Athletics will look to avoid elimination on Wednesday afternoon at home against the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox were backed by a strong performance by Lucas Giolito in Game 1. Giolito completed 7 innings with just 2 hits and 1 earned run conceded.
Rookie Jesus Luzardo was given the call in Game 1 for the Athletics, and while he wasn’t good, the Athletics weren’t winning that game with how Giolito was dealing. Luzardo was chased out of the game after allowing 6 hits and 3 earned runs in 3.1 innings of play.
After winning the American League West by seven games, it could be a quick exit for the Athletics in the postseason if they lost today. It’s a do-or-die for the Athletics at home in Oakland. This isn’t really a true season with 162 games, but nevertheless, it’s in the books that the Athletics won the AL West.
The Houston Astros spent the past several years enjoying their time at the top of the hill in the division, but the A’s were able to reclaim the AL West for the first time since 2013. They must win two straight games over the White Sox to reach the bubble in Arlington, though. That’s not going to be easy, especially with Dallas Keuchel on the bump for the White Sox in this contest.
Keuchel is scheduled to get the starting nod for the White Sox on Wednesday afternoon. He hopes to match Giolito and show that they’re the most dangerous 1-2 combo in the postseason. If Keuchel can follow up and the White Sox sweep the A’s, then that’s going to put their next opponent on notice.
I don’t think the A’s are going to go away quietly, though. The White Sox can’t get too comfortable after their 4-1 win, though. They face a better pitcher today with Chris Bassitt on the bump for the Athletics.
Bassitt has been one of the more underrated pitchers across the majors in 2020. He doesn’t get that much recognition, but Bassitt might get some today. Head below for our free Chicago White Sox vs. Oakland Athletics pick for September 30, 2020.
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The Athletics couldn’t find a way to frustrate Lucas Giolito on Tuesday. He was too locked in for the Athletics to generate any offense. They need to quickly get their stroke back against another formidable opponent on Wednesday. Former Houston Astro, Dallas Keuchel, has been terrific with his new team in 2020. He owns an ERA of 1.99 and 1.09 WHIP through 63.1 innings and 11 starts in the regular season.
Keuchel didn’t allow more than 3 earned runs in any start. Also note that Keuchel gave up 2 or fewer earned runs in 10 out of 11 games. Pretty impressive stuff from Keuchel who reached a career-high in 2020. It’s hard to say where his numbers would be if we played a full season, but we’ll have to go off what we have across his 11 starts. In his last three outings before the postseason started, Keuchel posted an ERA of 0.60 and 1.00 WHIP in 15 innings of work. He is in great form going into Game 2.
His best work has been on the road, with a 1.60 ERA and 1.19 WHIP through 39.2 innings this season. Fortunately for the Athletics, they get to send out Chris Bassitt in this must-win spot. Bassitt has been a great asset for the A’s in 2020. He heads into Game 2 with an ERA of 2.29 and 1.16 WHIP in the regular season.
Bassitt was named the American League pitcher for the month of September after registering a record of 3-0 and 0.34 ERA. He’s been just about untouchable at home, with an ERA of 0.72 and 1.02 WHIP. This looks like a low-scoring duel, with Keuchel and Bassitt likely going deep into this matchup. With that in mind, the UNDER appears to be worth a look in Oakland.