• The A's will be going to the American League Championship Series for the 11th time in franchise history, tying them with the Braves for the second-most appearances in the LCS among all franchises. Only the Yankees (12) have been to the LCS more often.
• Oakland advanced to the ALCS without ever trailing in any game of the division series. Over the past seven years (1999-2005) only two teams swept a postseason series without trailing in any game. The Red Sox did that in the 2004 World Series, as did the Cardinals in last year's NLDS against San Diego.
• Both the A's and the Twins had 26 hits in their ALDS. It's the seventh time in postseason history, and the first time in AL playoff history, that the winning team in a series sweep did not outhit the losing team. It also happened in the 1939 World Series (Yankees over Reds), 1970 NLCS (Reds over Pirates), 1976 NLCS (Reds over Phillies), 1995 NLDS (Reds over Dodgers), 1996 NLDS (Cardinals over Padres) and 2005 NLDS (Cardinals over Padres).
More from Elias Says