Looking for some playoff spice? Heated Astros-A's ALDS is the series for you

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For fans outside of Houston, this MLB playoffs matchup will be a clear case of 2020’s baseball villains — the Houston Astros — against an Oakland Athletics team with as much animosity toward them as anyone in baseball — yes, even the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees. It’s also a matchup of the two teams that have dominated the top of the American League West standings in recent year.

Instead of meeting in their home ballparks, the two teams will head to Los Angeles to settle things at Dodger Stadium as the postseason heads to neutral sites for the remainder of the month. Here’s what you need to know now that the Astros-A’s matchup is set.

Why this ALDS is worth the hype

Where do we begin? Oakland starter Mike Fiers — a former Astros pitcher — is the player who initially called out Houston’s sign-stealing antics, setting all of this offseason’s fallout in motion. Tempers boiled over when the two teams met earlier in the 2020 season when A’s outfielder Ramon Laureano charged the Astros’ dugout after being hit by a pitch for the third time in the

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