A.L. Wild Card Game: Rays vs. Indians, Wednesday 10/2, 7 p.m. CT

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It's the team with a bunch of ex-Cubs against the team that's been out of the playoffs for six years. Who are you rooting for?

The other day, Josh wrote about reasons for Cubs fans to root for, or not root for, every AL playoff team.

My reason for who I'm rooting for in this game are much simpler. The Rays have had six straight winning seasons and made the postseason in four of them. The Indians, in that same time frame, have one winning season (this year) and three years of 90+ losses.

Time to give someone else a turn. Go Tribe!

Rays lineup:

DeJesus LF, Myers RF, Loney 1B, Longoria 3B, Zobrist 2B, Jennings CF, Young DH, Escobar SS, Molina C

Indians lineup:

Bourn CF, Swisher 1B, Kipnis 2B, Santana DH, Brantley LF, Raburn RF, Cabrera SS, Gomes C, Chisenhall 3B

Today's Starting Pitchers

Alex Cobb

Alex Cobb


Rays

vs. Danny Salazar

Danny Salazar


Indians

vs. TB

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vs. Cle


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2013 - Alex Cobb 11-3 22 22 1 0 0 0 143.1 120 46 44 13 45 134 2.76 1.15


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2013 - Danny Salazar 2-3 10 10 0 0 0 0 52.0 44 18 18 7 15 65 3.12 1.13

Alex Cobb has had a very good season in his second full big-league year, though he also spent some time on the DL. His last three starts, all in key stretch games the Rays needed to win, produced a 1.16 ERA and 0.814 WHIP and he went at least seven innings in all three starts. (Hint: these are the kinds of pitchers the Cubs will need to get back to the postseason.)

I follow MLB quite closely. I must confess, until I saw the matchup for this game, I had never heard of Danny Salazar. He made 10 starts for the Tribe in this, his rookie season, and did a decent job -- some starts were quite short, others very good. He has never faced the Rays nor anyone on their roster. If this were the Cubs, you'd know what would happen. Maybe it'll be different for Tampa Bay.

Today's game is on TBS. Announcers: Brian Anderson, Joe Simpson and John Smoltz. Field reporter: Rachel Nichols.

MLB.com Gameday

Baseball-reference.com game preview

SB Nation game preview

SB Nation Rays site: DRays Bay

SB Nation Indians site Let's Go Tribe

This will serve as your one and only game thread for tonight's game. Enjoy, and discuss amongst yourselves.

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