Tampa Bay travels to Oakland tonight to play the A’s in the American League Wild Card game at 8:09 EST. It will be televised on ESPN. Oakland is -124 and the total is 7.
Since the Wild Card games originated in the MLB playoffs in 2012 only 3 teams who were underdogs have advanced. The road teams are 8-6 but in the AL the home team has won 3 in a row. Oakland is the only team to play in at least 2 Wild Card games and to not have won at least one time.
The Rays are going to give Charlie Morton the starting assignment. Morton has pitched well down the stretch of the season with the Rays winning all of his last five starts. In his last start he pitched 6 innings and allowed only one hit.
Oakland will start southpaw Sean Manaea. The Rays have not hit well against southpaws this year. In just 5 starts since he returned from shoulder surgery on Sept 1st, he has been impressive going 4-0 with a 1.21 ERA. He has an OPA of .509 and has not allowed a hit in the last 15 at bats when he had runners in scoring position.