Tampa Bay Rays vs Cleveland Indians MLB Wild Card Playoffs
Major League Baseball wild card playoff action continues tonight as the Cleveland Indians host the Tampa Bay Rays in a win or go home contest. Both clubs were longshots to win the 2013 American League Championship and the winner, who moves on to face the Boston Red Sox in the AL Divisional playoffs at Fenway Park, will still be a big underdog. First pitch is slated for 8:00 PM EDT on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, from Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.
Tampa Bay Rays: Face playoff elimination game Act Two
Following one of the strangest season ending scenarios in Major League Baseball history, the Tampa Bay Rays are playing in a win or go home game for the second time in three nights. After Cleveland, Tampa Bay and Texas all won on the final day of the 2013 MLB regular season, the Indians captured one of the two AL Wild Card playoff spots. That meant the Rays had to travel to Texas to battle the Rangers for the second wild card spot. A complete game gem by Rays pitcher pitcher David Price propelled Tampa to a 5-2 win and a trip to Cleveland.
Indians vs. Rays: Intriguing pitching match-up features Salazar versus Cobb
Making just the eleventh start of his MLB career, Indians RHP Danny Salazar (2-3 ERA 3.12) gets the call for Cleveland tonight. Salazar began the 2013 MLB season with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers and made his first big appearance on July 11, 2013. It was a dazzling performance as he carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays. In the end, Salazar allowed two hits and struck out seven Jays as the Indians registered a 4-2 win. After being beamed in the head on June 15, Rays pitcher Alex Cobb (11-3 ERA 2.76) posted a 5-1 record with a 2.41 ERA in nine starts once he returned from the disabled list in August.
American League Wild Card Betting Odds & Advantage Sports Betting Game Day Prediction
Surfing over to the sportsinteraction.com online sports wagering website we find the Tampa Bay Rays has road favorites at -1.5 (+150) on the run line and -115 straight up. The Cleveland Indians are home pups at +1.5 (-180) ATS and -105 on the money line while the Over/Under is posted at 7 (O -105 U -115) total runs. We’ll take the Tribe at +1.5 (-180) at SportsInteraction!