2014 American League Wild Card Game

kansas city-oakland

The time of the year has come in Baseball. It’s Postseason baseball and my region needs that change of scenery desperately as their Cincinnati Reds fell out of contention and didn’t seem to be contending after the All-Star break. Tonight’s tilt features two teams that was on the rise early and another risen late in the 2014 season.

The early risers in Oakland Athletics did lots in their 2014 season to get to this sudden death game. General Manager Billy Beane made moves to strengthen a starting rotation that is destined to be a threat in the 2nd half of the season, but a partial collapse has landed them in the wild card game and on the road at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium.

Kansas City has been waiting for this day since 1985, yeah the year of Marty McFly and Doctor Brown. The Royals last postseason appearance ended up being a World Series team in the state of Missouri, 3 years after the St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series. They’re back and hope to make some noise in the postseason. The Royals have been toe to toe with the Detroit throughout most of the second half, but Detroit pulled through and won the division title on Sunday.


Everything that is important regarding tonight’s Game

KANSAS CITY

Wiki-Royals

Stats

OAKLAND

Wiki-Athletics

Stats


Tonight’s Probables

Jon Lester

James Shields

*All Numbers are 2014 Numbers

James Shields

IP

H R ER BB SO HR

HBP

2014

227

224 94 81 44 180 23

11

KAUFFMAN

102.2

108 43 40 17 76 7

6

Athletics

14

11 5 5 1 7 2

0

BAA

ERA WHIP

FIP

2014

.248

3.21

1.18 3.56

KAUFFMAN

.260

3.51 1.22

3.18

Athletics

.208

3.21 0.86

4.17

H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 K/BB

2014

8.88

1.74 7.14 0.91

4.09

KAUFFMAN

9.47 1.49 6.66 0.61

4.47

Athletics

7.07 0.64 4.50 1.29

7.00

H RATE

R RATE BB RATE K RATE

HR RATE

2014

23.86

10.01 4.69 19.17

2.45

KAUFFMAN

25.29

10.07 3.98 17.80

1.64

Athletics

20.75

9.43 1.89 13.21

3.77

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IP

H R ER BB SO HR

HBP

2014

219.2

194 76 60 48 220 16

5

KAUFFMAN

6

6 3 3 2 9 0

0

Vs. Royals

20.2

19 6 6 5 20 0

0

BAA ERA WHIP FIP
2014 .227 2.46 1.10 2.77
KAUFFMAN .250 4.50 1.33 1.10
Vs. Royals .235 2.61 1.16 1.89
H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 K/BB
2014 7.95 1.97 9.01 0.66 4.58
KAUFFMAN 9.00 3.00 13.50 0.00 4.50
Vs. Royals 8.27 2.18 8.71 0.00 4.00
H RATE R RATE BB RATE K RATE HR RATE
2014 21.92 8.59 5.42 24.86 1.81
KAUFFMAN 24.00 12.00 8.00 36.00 0.00
Vs. Royals 22.62 7.14 5.95 23.81 0.00

LESTER-SHIELDS

POSSIBLE STAT LINE

IP

H R BB SO

HR

SHIELDS

6.1

6 4 1 4

1

LESTER

6.2

6 2 2 8

0

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PREDICTION: ATHLETICS 5-2

Kauffman Stadium

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