ALDS GAME 3: OAKLAND ATHLETICS (1-1) vs. DETROIT TIGERS (1-1)
Series: Tied at 1-1
Where: Comerica Park, Detrioit, MI
Gametime: 1:00 p.m.
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Cloudy, 58 degrees, wind 20 mph
Starting pitchers: OAK – Jarrod Parker (12-8, 3.97) / DET – Anibal Sanchez (14-8, 2.57)
Game 2 on Saturday featured the best finish of the 2013 playoffs so far – a walkoff win by the Athletics – but the odds are definitely in Detroit’s favor in Game 3. The Tigers send AL ERA champion Anibal Sanchez to the mound and he’s coming off the best season of his career. Meanwhile the A’s will trot out Jarrod Parker who allowed 15 earned runs in his last three starts, all to teams that didn’t make the playoffs.
The Tigers had the second-best offense in the majors this season and were held scoreless by Sonny Gray in their 1-0 loss on Friday. Parker could be their opportunity to break out as three runs through three games isn’t going to cut it.
The series shifts to Detroit where the weather is appropriate for October baseball. The temperature will be below 60 by first pitch and the winds could reach over 20 miles per hour.
NLDS GAME 4: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (1-2) vs. PITTSBURGH PIRATES (2-1)
Series: Pirates lead 2-1
Where: PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA
Gametime: 3:00 p.m.
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Partly cloudy, 59 degrees, wind 17 mph
Starting pitchers: STL – Michael Wacha (4-1, 2.78) / PIT – Charlie Morton (7-4, 3.26)
It took some magic in the bottom of the eighth on Sunday, but the Pirates now find themselves with an opportunity to advance to the NLCS. The game is in Pittsburgh, the Pirates have won two straight and face a rookie pitcher with only nine MLB starts under his belt.
The last time Michael Wacha took the mound, however, he was brilliant. He took a no-hitter into the ninth inning before a two-out dribbler by Ryan Zimmerman dashed his hopes of making history. Wacha has also pitched nine innings across two outings against the Pirates this year without allowing a run.
Starting a rookie in this series worked out for the Pirates on the road in Game 2 as Gerrit Cole took the win, will Wacha make the Cardinals just as fortunate? Both cities have produced great playoff crowds so far, but that Pittsburgh fanbase with a series victory this close should be special.