Jesús Luzardo will start for the A's on Tuesday in Game 1 of their best-of-three AL Wild Card series against the Chicago White Sox.
Typically, Oakland has an advantage whenever the young left-hander is on the mound. However, the White Sox have been sensational against lefty starters this season, going a perfect 14-0.
Luzardo was asked if those numbers worry him.
“Not really, no,” Luzardo said on Monday. “Just because I feel like every pitch is different, every lefty has different stuff, so we’ll see how my stuff plays against them.”
Overall, Chicago slashed .285/.364/.523 against southpaws during the regular season.
A White Sox player told NBC Sports California on Monday that their team is a “lefty’s nightmare,” and he wasn’t the only one feeling confident.
Chicago shortstop Tim Anderson insisted the A’s hadn't done their research:
Despite Anderson's comments, the A’s certainly are doing their homework in preparation for the series.
Catcher Sean Murphy said on Monday that since the A’s haven’t seen the White Sox as much as they typically would during a 162-game season, they’re hitting the books a bit harder. There is plenty of information in baseball these days -- too much, he even said.
Luzardo is poised to get his first playoff start and is ready for whatever is thrown at him -- or vice versa, in this case. A’s manager Bob Melvin explained why Luzardo got the nod in Game 1.
“He’s composed, he’s got great stuff,” Melvin said on Monday. “I think he’s one of those guys who kind of relishes these types of games, so at a young age it’s kind of rare to see, but I think the experience he got last year and some of the attributes we talked about would mean that he wouldn’t afraid of the first game tomorrow.” Download and subscribe to the Balk Talk Podcast