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Gamethread: Oakland Athletics shoot for the ALDS

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David vs. Goliath? We’ll take David

Oakland Athletics v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Wither Samardzija? Ex-White Sox Marcus Semien is the heart of the Oakland defense.
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Avoiding naming that north side team in the headline of yesterday’s NL Wild Card gamethread seemed to have worked, so let’s do the same today with the dirty Yanquis.

I mean, however embarrassing it is that the team with a White Sox-like payroll was pushing for 100 wins while we landed smack on 100 losses, I’m all for the Athletics doing some damage in the playoffs.

Anyway, Oakland is running out some sort of “opener” look for the Wild Card, while the Yanquis start de facto ace Luis Severino, who frankly hasn’t been great in the second half.

Would you like a super-obnoxious, team-issued lineup? Well, here you go!