OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland Athletics are in the MLB playoffs: The big elimination Wild Card game is Wednesday night in the Bronx against the New York Yankees.
The Yankees are giving Luis Severino another wild-card shot after a disastrous outing against the Twins in a very similar situation a year ago
The A's will counter with a bullpen game, beginning with reliever Liam Hendriks - among the more unlikely postseason starters ever. Hendriks was waived off the 40-man roster in June, spent two months in the minors, then emerged in September as Oakland's go-to "opener" to cover for an injury-decimated rotation.
Hendriks (0-1) will be just the fourth pitcher to start a playoff game after a regular season of no wins, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The previous three missed most of their seasons either to serve in a war or because of injury.
If the A's win, Oakland will put an end to a seven-game stretch of losses in winner-takes-all games by extending a surprising run with a major upset.
The winner plays the Red Sox in the AL Division Series beginning Friday in Boston. The loser goes home.
Since the game is in New York, the A’s are hosting a free Wild Card Watch Party at The Treehouse, including free parking at 66th Avenue. The game begins at 5 p.m.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.