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Keeping track of Angels in the MLB playoffs

Tommy La Stella helped prevent history, so that’s something

MLB: Wild Card-Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Since we can’t watch any current Angels in the MLB playoffs, let’s check in on the next-best thing: seeing how former Angels are faring in the 2020 postseason.

Tommy La Stella, traded to the A’s at the trade deadline, had the headlining moment, singling to open the seventh inning, breaking up Lucas Giolito’s perfect game. The Whit Sox prevailed in that one, 4-1.

Matt Shoemaker started Game 1 for the Blue Jays, but was pulled after only three terrific, and scoreless, innings. Tampa Bay won at home, 3-1.

Zack Greinke started Game 1 for the Astros, and despite a 36-pitch first inning escaped the frame unscathed. Greinke allowed one run on two hits in four innings, but was pulled down 1-0. The strategy worked, as Houston rallied late to win, 4-1.

Martin Maldonado started at catcher for Houston and singled in his four at-bats.

Let’s see what Wednesday brings. To that end, there are eight — YES, EIGHT!!! — games on the docket for Wednesday. Start the coffeemaker now.

Wednesday MLB schedule

(all times PT)