The A.L. Wild Card Game is tonight. Check out the TV channel info provided as Wednesday's action is a must-watch game that can lead to bigger matchups in the ALDS. Who is playing? Where can you watch the game? What time is first pitch? Here's all the info you need to know as the A.L. Wild Card Game is hours away.
Time: 8 p.m. ET
TV Channel- Where to Watch?: TBS
Matchup: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Cleveland Indians
As previously mentioned, the Rays and Indians matchup can lead to a huge ALDS showdown. The Boston Red Sox are awaiting the winner of this game. What does this mean? If the Indians win, Terry Francona would have an attempt at getting back at his team. Poetic justice? Maybe.
Francona and the Red Sox were well on their way to the postseason in 2011, when disaster struck and the ball club could not win a game. There was chicken, beer and a lot of stories that tried justifying the Red Sox's struggle. Of course, the manager paid the prize, so Francona was fired. After a year on ESPN, the Indians took a chance with Francona and he led them in the playoffs.
If the Rays win, the Red Sox play against a familiar foe. The Rays pressured the Sox in the A.L. East as the division rivals made things interesting. However, the Red Sox pulled away, leaving the struggling Rays in the dust. Tampa Bay had to fight for their lives to make it to the A.L. Wild Card Game. They played Game 163 after tying second in Wild Card race with the Texas Rangers. Ultimately, behind their new big-game starter, David Price, the Rays put away the Rangers in convincing fashion and now they have a chance to play in the ALDS.
Pitching Matchups: Alex Cobb takes the mound for the Rays, while youngster Danny Salazar takes the ball for the Indians.
Pay close attention to this game as tomorrow's stars are here today. Wil Myers looks like a player with a bright future and Salazar, the Indians' starter, has proven he can handle major league pressures. However, will these guys be as productive in this one-game playoff? Their teams need them tonight as both the Rays and Indians meet in Progressive Field at 8 p.m. ET. Stayed glued to your televisions as TBS is the place to be.
The Rays own the season series, going 4-2 against the Indians.