It is officially the Wild Card Round of the Major League Baseball Postseason. The Chicago White Sox aren’t playing in it which is sad but they don’t deserve to be there with their 81-81 record. If they want to be better, they need to make changes to the way that they do things.
However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy the rest of the league. The first game between the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals had one of the most chaotic endings that you’ll see all postseason long. This was the type of game that makes the playoffs so great.
The Philadelphia Phillies scored six runs in the top of the 9th inning to take a 6-2 lead over the Cardinals who were in line to take a 1-0 series lead. Instead, the Cardinals were only able to score one in the bottom of the ninth so the Phillies’ comeback earned them that 6-3 victory.
This is a Philadelphia Phillies team that hasn’t made the playoffs in about a decade. They needed a big win like this and they got it in the most unlikely fashion.
Chicago White Sox fans didn’t have to love how it went early though. The starting pitchers for each team were both a target for the Sox at one point or another.
The Chicago White Sox saw some familiar faces playing in the playoffs.
Zack Wheeler was the starter for the Phillies. The Sox were in on him during his free agency winter before he ultimately chose to play for the Phillies so he can be close to his family. He went 6.1 innings and gave up no runs on two hits and one walk. He had four strikeouts.
As for the Cardinals, they used Jose Quintana. Of course, he was traded from the Chicago White Sox to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease. Obviously, the White Sox won that trade.
However, they wanted to bring him back at the 2022 MLB Traded deadline as the Pirates were shopping him. The White Sox weren’t aggressive enough and he ended up being traded to the Cardinals. He had an amazing year split between the two teams.
The White Sox, one way or another, weren’t able to bring them in when they wanted to (in the case of Quintana, bringing him back) and now they combined to give up zero runs against each other in the postseason. It is wild how things turn in baseball.
Obviously, a lot of factors go into things but it is just humorous that these two ended up facing each other as they have both been the subject of the White Sox community over the last few years. At the end f the day, the past is the past and it is nice to see them succeed in the postseason.