San Francisco Giants (25-25, third in the NL West) vs. Oakland Athletics (32-19, first in the AL West) Oakland, California; Saturday, 4:10 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: San Francisco: Kevin Gausman (3-2, 4.05 ERA) Oakland: Jesus Luzardo (2-2, 4.32 ERA) BOTTOM LINE: Oakland and San Francisco will meet on Saturday. The Athletics are 19-7 in home games.
The host Oakland Athletics go for a fifth consecutive win this season over the rival San Francisco Giants when the clubs continue a three-game interleague series Saturday afternoon. The first-place A's (32-19) made it four in a row over the Giants on Friday night with a 6-0 win that clinched Oakland's third consecutive trip to the playoffs. The Athletics' magic number for wrapping the American League West is two over the second-place Houston Astros. Chris Bassitt pitched the first 6 2/3 innings of Oakland's fourth shutout of the season, then noted afterward there would be no celebrating the mere clinching of a playoff spot for a team that's been a wild-card entry into the postseason each of the last two seasons.
Anyway, here’s what my notes looked like when the Giants game ended on Friday: none of this matters! That’s it. If you’ve stuck with me for the last half a year, you’ve probably noticed that’s been a central theme.