AL Wild Card: White Sox fans … who do you want to win?
Sep 10, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Oakland Athletics designated hitter Adam Dunn (10) hits a RBI single against the Chicago White Sox during the fifth inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
The 2014 AL Wild Card game, set for a first pitch of 8:05 p.m. ET, involves the Kansas City Royals and the Oakland Athletics.
As someone who cheers for the Chicago White Sox, the question is this: Who do you want to win this game?
Sep 26, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Kansas City Royals fans hold up signs and celebrate after their team defeated the Chicago White Sox to clinch a American League wild card playoff berth at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Do you want a former White Sox player in Adam Dunn, after taking over 2,000 games for him to reach the postseason, to get a postseason win in what could be his final season?
Or do you want the Royals, a fellow AL Central team not named the Tigers, to advance to the ALDS? Also remember, this is the first time the Royals have reached the postseason in 29 years, so their fans have been through a lot as well.
This one is a tough choice, right?
The White Sox had a winning record against the Athletics the seven times they faced each other this season, finishing with a 4-3 record.
Against the Royals, eh, not so much. In 19 games against the Royals, the White Sox had a 6-13 record against the Royals. In those games, the White Sox scored 64 runs, while the Royals had 93.
In the two series against the A’s, the White Sox scored just 18 runs and allowed 34, but still won four of the seven times played.
Again, the one plus for the Royals is they are from the AL Central, and they showed great respect to Paul Konerko this past weekend as the White Sox celebrated his career.
Then there is Dunn with the A’s, who did play parts of four seasons with the team, and though we all wished he could have done a little better, he still represented the White Sox with class, even when he was traded.
As for the starting pitchers in this game, I like watching both in Oakland’s Jon Lester and Kansas City’s James Shields. Both are very quality pitchers.
So who are you picking?
My prediction for this game is the Royals come out with the win, as they are the home team, and they are representing the Central as what I believe can be an even more formidable division next season. The final score will be 4-2, Royals.
What is your prediction for tonight’s AL Wild Card game?