I know everyone here is too young to remember, but last generation, the Yankees won a lot of World Series and in the process they won eleven straight postseason series at one point (from '98 through 2001). The tenth of these was in the first round (ALDS) against an A's wild card team who had just finished a remarkable second half and involved the below play, maybe the most memorable of Derek Jeter's career: This was quickly labelled 'the flip play' and was deeply traumatizing for the A's franchise as you can see from this quote 13 years later, when Jeter was retiring: "the A's have opted to skip past the flip play when they roll their own video tribute to Jeter on Sunday. As A's vice president of sales and marketing Jim Leahey told the San Francisco Chronicle, the Coliseum video has "conspicuously eliminated all references to that play."" https://www.mlb.com/yankees/news/fl...onic-moment-in-derek-jeters-career/c-79619840 So today we try to add to OAK's history of playoff frustration at the hands of NY. This is NY's third appearance in the coin flip game in four years. In 2015, they were beaten by HOU and Dallas Keuchel, and in 2017, they came back from down 3-0 in the top of the first to win 8-4, bailing out Severino with 8 2/3 innings of superb relief behind him, so they are 1-1, all three games in the Bronx. Today we have the return of Severino in a bit of a surprise against Johnny Wholestaff for OAK, kicking off with Liam Hendriks for an inning. Both teams will of course aggressively use their bullpens to counteract the best road hitting team in baseball (OAK) and the team who just set the alltime HR hitting record (NY) respectively. One exciting thing for NY is that this will be only the 5th time they have been able to start these nine hitters (Sanchez, Voit, Torres, Didi, Andujar, McCutchen, Hicks, Judge, Stanton) and in the first four they averaged 7.5 runs per game, scoring 27 runs in 3 games versus Boston. SSS, yes, but promising, especially if they manage to survive and advance tonight. 8 PM.