This will be the second Wild Card game ever for the AL, as the Orioles defeated the Rangers. This year it’s the Indians and Rays. The Indians are putting Danny Salazar on to face Alex Cobb. The Rays have the line-up advantage tonight I think and they have a good shot to win on the road, especially if Joe Maddon comes up clutch again.
Predicted Score: Rays 5 Indians 4
Watch out for Evan Longoria again and Nick Swisher tonight. Also Carlos Santana knows how to hit a big home run as does Jason Giambi. Salazar will have to pitch a good game full of strikeouts, he could be a big game pitcher, he has the stuff to be one. Cobb really isn’t a one game elimination pitcher, but he will have to do. He will get his groundballs and the Rays will help him out. I think the Rays need to score early and their x-factor is Delmon Young again, he could come up big. The Indians need to protect their home field like they did all year (except to the Tigers). It should be a close and good game to watch. The bullpens need to be handled well tonight too and it’s a dual of two great managers.