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Thursday 10/1/2020Line$ LineOU LineScore
+1.5  -200

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CHI WHITE SOX (36 - 25) at OAKLAND (36 - 25)
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Thursday, 10/1/2020 3:10 PM
AMERICAN League Playoffs - Wild Card - Best Of 3 - Game 3
Board OpeningLatest
963CHI WHITE SOX+115Ov 8,-105+105Ov 8,-105
964OAKLAND-125Un 8,-115-115Un 8,-115
CHI WHITE SOX - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games36-25+9.428-325.10.2600.3190.4550.7734.00.2240.3000.3750.675
Road Games18-13+5.213-175.00.2570.3120.4400.7523.80.2310.3000.3790.679
vs Left-handed Starters15-0+159-66.90.2750.3390.5250.8633.30.2000.2600.3110.572
Past 7 Games2-5-3.44-34.30.2090.2750.3850.6595.60.2050.2830.4060.690
Grass Games36-25+9.428-325.10.2600.3190.4550.7734.00.2240.3000.3750.675
Day Games11-9+0.510-105.30.2720.3390.4810.8204.40.2240.2940.3970.691
Playoff games1-0+10-14.00.2500.2500.5560.8061.00.1000.1290.1000.229
CHI WHITE SOX - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games5.10.2600.319612083542966990.4552981795822040547394816
Road Games5.00.2570.312311106284506470.4401488830692201921286
Lefty Starters6.90.2750.33915528145251350.5251015113669981274
CHI WHITE SOX - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games3.691.247241.311099208289324817-1014863.6%
Road Games3.361.2291184944999461348-69469.2%

OAKLAND - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games36-25+3.426-324.50.2230.3090.3920.7003.90.2390.2970.3940.691
Home Games21-10+7.410-194.00.2210.3070.3790.6863.30.2210.2730.3310.604
vs Right-handed Starters25-22-2.920-264.40.2190.2990.3860.6854.10.2440.3010.4100.712
Past 7 Games3-4-1.32-33.00.2160.2950.3760.6714.70.2290.2740.4140.688
Grass Games36-23+5.925-314.60.2250.3110.3970.7083.80.2370.2940.3890.683
Day Games16-13-1.813-144.20.2280.3020.3980.6994.30.2440.2980.4120.710
Playoff games0-1-10-11.00.1000.1290.1000.2294.00.2500.2500.5560.806
OAKLAND - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.50.2230.3096119384339111710.3922652395332640449263224
Home Games4.00.2210.30731975215465330.3791241212591321523141614
Righty Starters4.40.2190.299471494327679550.3861971714082229633192717
OAKLAND - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games2.611.1122147062161247722914-517481%
Home Games2.291.02511837308893312010-29190%
CHI WHITE SOX - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
9/17/2020LOPEZ(R)MINNESOTAMAEDA(R)4-3W+1508.5 ovU971860
9/18/2020STIEVER(R)@ CINCINNATIMAHLE(R)1-7L1109.5 unU460840
9/19/2020KEUCHEL(L)@ CINCINNATIBAUER(R)5-0W1158 unU850690
9/20/2020CEASE(R)@ CINCINNATILORENZEN(R)3-7L1159 ovO6705120
9/21/2020DUNNING(R)@ CLEVELANDCIVALE(R)4-7L-1108 ovO9901062
9/22/2020LOPEZ(R)@ CLEVELANDQUANTRILL(R)3-5L1159 ovU861660
9/23/2020GIOLITO(R)@ CLEVELANDBIEBER(R)2-3L1556.5 ovU471562
9/24/2020KEUCHEL(L)@ CLEVELANDPLESAC(R)4-5L1257.5 unO4101060
9/25/2020CEASE(R)CHICAGO CUBSDARVISH(R)0-10L+1508 ovO3421050
9/26/2020DUNNING(R)CHICAGO CUBSLESTER(L)9-5W-1559.5 unO1071542
9/27/2020LOPEZ(R)CHICAGO CUBSALZOLAY(R)8-10L-1409 ovO1181860
9/29/2020GIOLITO(R)@ OAKLANDLUZARDO(L)4-1W-1107.5 ovU950330
9/30/2020KEUCHEL(L)@ OAKLANDBASSITT(R)3-5L1207 ovO10102730

OAKLAND - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
9/18/2020BASSITT(R)SAN FRANCISCOWEBB(R)6-0W-1608.5 unU650380
9/19/2020LUZARDO(L)SAN FRANCISCOGAUSMAN(R)6-0W-1558 unU641650
9/20/2020MINOR(L)SAN FRANCISCOANDERSON(L)2-14L-1808.5 ovO5801581
9/22/2020MONTAS(R)@ LA DODGERSMAY(R)2-7L1609 unP5711161
9/23/2020MANAEA(L)@ LA DODGERSKELLY(R)6-4W1458.5 ovO630741
9/24/2020FIERS(R)@ LA DODGERSBUEHLER(R)1-5L1909 ovU340880
9/25/2020BASSITT(R)SEATTLEKIKUCHI(L)3-1W-2258 unU990551
9/26/2020MINOR(L)SEATTLESHEFFIELD(L)1-5L-1406 unP661740
9/26/2020BLACKBURN(R)@ SEATTLEDUNN(R)3-12L-1357 evO9601251
9/27/2020MONTAS(R)SEATTLEGONZALES(L)6-2W-1208 unP10112460
9/29/2020LUZARDO(L)CHI WHITE SOXGIOLITO(R)1-4L+1007.5 ovU330950
9/30/2020BASSITT(R)CHI WHITE SOXKEUCHEL(L)5-3W-1307 ovO73010102
Plenty of unknowns heading into White Sox-A's Game 3

The Chicago White Sox and host Oakland Athletics will play a deciding third game in their American League first-round playoff series Thursday afternoon. That much is known.

What remains a mystery well after Wednesday's 5-3 Oakland win that squared the best-of-three series at 1-1 is which pitchers the White Sox and A's will send to the mound for the deciding game.

The winner will move on to face sixth-seeded Houston in a best-of-five AL Division Series starting Monday at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

Having put everything they had into trying to win Game 2, managers Rick Renteria of the White Sox and Bob Melvin of the A's both asked for additional time at their postgame news conference to consider their options for the win-and-advance showdown.

"We have a lot of analytics we look at," Melvin noted. "Based on what happened (in Game 1) and who's available and how we look at our bullpen, all of those things will factor in. So, this will be a discussion."

Renteria has fewer choices. He left possible Game 3 starters Reynaldo Lopez and Gio Gonzalez off his 28-man roster, then opted to use five-game winner Dylan Cease in relief on Wednesday.

That leaves right-hander Dane Dunning (2-0, 3.97 ERA) as the likely choice.

A 25-year-old rookie, Dunning made seven starts in the regular season, striking out 35 in 34 innings. He has never faced the A's and was bombed in his two most recent starts, allowing nine runs (eight earned) and nine hits in a combined seven innings against Cleveland and the Chicago Cubs.

Dunning would be facing a lineup that hasn't fired on all cylinders in the first two games in the series, even in scoring five runs in Wednesday's win. Second-seeded Oakland was gifted two runs on a two-out, two-run error in the first inning, then finished with just seven hits -- three fewer than the seventh-seeded White Sox.

Oakland was completely shut down by righty Lucas Giolito in Game 1, held hitless until the seventh inning in a 4-1 loss.

While the A's have faced five elimination games in the past eight seasons, including one Wednesday, the White Sox haven't had one since falling to Tampa Bay 6-2 in Game 4 of their American League Division Series in 2008.

"We all know what it means," White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal assured. "I'm pretty sure they're aware of what it means and what's going on. We've just got to come back (in Game 3) and it's do-or-die. Our season keeps on going or it stops (Thursday)."

Meanwhile, Melvin was left to sort through three options after watching righty Chris Bassitt blank the White Sox into the eighth inning on Wednesday.

One of Melvin's possibilities is left-hander Sean Manaea (4-3, 4.50). The other two -- Mike Fiers (6-3, 4.58) and Frankie Montas (3-5, 5.60) -- are righties.

The White Sox ran their record to 15-0 when facing lefty starters this season when they beat Oakland starter Jesus Luzardo in the series opener.

Melvin and the Billy Beane-led A's braintrust had a similar decision to make in last year's AL wild-card game against Tampa Bay. They opted for Manaea, who served up four runs in two innings in a runaway, 5-1 loss.

As was the case this season, Fiers was the team's wins leader last year when he was passed over. He also was a candidate to start the AL wild-card game against the New York Yankees in 2018, a game in which the A's opted to go the "opener" route with Liam Hendriks.

Fiers has gone 19-5 at home since joining the A's during the 2018 season. The White Sox have won just 21 of 47 games started by opposing right-handers this year.

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 10/27/2020 12:07:33 PM EST

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