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American League Wild Card Game open thread

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The National League took 13 innings to settle its wild card last night. Tonight, the Yankees and Athletics play winner-take-all to move on in the postseason.

Oakland Athletics v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Some happy Oakland Athletics, because I want them to win tonight.
Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images

After a night of National League drama, it’s the American League’s turn to get a night to itself in the spotlight. The Yankees and Athletics will be playing one game in the Bronx for all of the marbles.

The home team Yankees send out their ace Luis Severino to the mound supported by this lineup:

  1. Andrew McCutchen - LF
  2. Aaron Judge - RF
  3. Aaron Hicks - CF
  4. Giancarlo Stanton - DH
  5. Luke Voit - 1B
  6. Didi Gregorius - SS
  7. Miguel Andújar - 3B
  8. Gary Sánchez - C
  9. Gleyber Torres - 2B

The visiting Athletics are going with a much less traditional strategy, sending out Liam Hendriks as an opener and going from there. Here’s their lineup:

  1. Nick Martini - LF
  2. Matt Chapman - 3B
  3. Jed Lowrie - 2B
  4. Khris Davis - DH
  5. Matt Olson - 1B
  6. Stephen Piscotty - RF
  7. Ramon Laureano - CF
  8. Marcus Semien - SS
  9. Jonathan Lucroy - C

It doesn’t look like a lineup that should be able to beat the Yankees, but then, it doesn’t look like a team that should have been able to win 97 games, either. The Athletics won 97 games and they’re the road wild card team! I’d be awfully annoyed if I was them, looking over at a bunch of NL jabronis for whom 95 wins (96 with a tiebreaker) was the #1 seed in the whole league. Life isn’t always fair and neither is baseball.