Game 1 in the American League Divisional Series begins today with the Detroit Tigers taking on the A’s in Oakland and the Tampa Bay Rays traveling to Boston to take on the Red Sox.
After winning their tie breaker with the Texas Rangers in Texas on Monday and their wild card matchup with the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland on Tuesday, the Rays will once again be the away team in a span of five days as they take on the AL East champion in historic Fenway Park.
Rays manager Joe Maddon is not worried about his team playing three games in a span of five days. In fact, he believes his team actually performs better when they don’t have a lot of rest in-between games.
Maddon also comments that perhaps the strongest aspect of Boston and the one that will present the biggest challenge is its pitching staff, which could be tough to produce hits against. Ray’s lefty starter Matt Moore will face Boston’s very own lefty, Jon Lester who Maddon believes has found his groove.
For the other pairing in the AL, the Tigers travel to Oakland to take on the A’s. Third baseman Miguel Cabrera will look to continue his MVP caliber regular season as Detroit looks to take an early advantage in this best of five series.
Cabrera finished the 2013 regular season with an MLB-leading batting average of .348, while Oakland’s Josh Donaldson finished with a team-leading .301, making this a face-off between the best hitter in all of baseball and the best in the A’s roster.
You can listen to Game 1 of this series on ESPN850 tonight starting at 9:00 p.m.
Game 2 of the NLDS will continue today as well with St.Louis and Los Angeles holding 1-0 leads in their series.