The Chicago White Sox will face A's lefty Jesús Luzardo on Tuesday for the first game of their best-of-three AL Wild Card Series. And the Sox are more than prepared to face the southpaw.
During the regular season, the Sox are 14-0 against left-handed starters. Shortstop Tim Anderson said on Monday the A’s haven't “done their homework” by giving Luzardo starting responsibilities on the bump. But Oakland doesn’t mind that.
“I mean, no comment on that,” A’s starter Chris Bassitt said on Tuesday.
But, he actually did have something to add.
“Take all the numbers, take my numbers, and throw them out the window,” Bassitt said. “It don’t mean a damn thing.”
Bassitt, who played with Anderson during his time with the White Sox, said when the A’s are playing in a best-of-three series, the regular season doesn’t matter. It’s a new ballgame.
“I don’t care what you did in the regular season, I don’t care if you batted .400, I don’t care,” Bassitt said. "For me, I don’t care how good of a month I had for September, it don’t mean a single thing. If you have a bad game, you’re going home. These next two days, these next three days, you’re not going to back and say ‘Well, we had a really good year against lefties -- I don’t give a damn what you did against lefties.”
Bassitt earned MLB Pitcher of the Month honors for September after eight starts where he went 3-0 with 25 strikeouts and a 0.34 ERA over 26 2/3 innings pitched. He also will get the start against the White Sox on Wednesday.
“These three games are what matters, so yeah,” Bassitt said. “I’ll just kind of leave it at that.”