Athletics vs. Royals, 8:07PM ET, TV: TBS
The As acquired Jon Lester to pitch big games like this one. The Royals did the same with James Shields.
The As were suddenly terrible after the trading deadline in July, and they were 10-16 in September. The Royals weren’t burning up the league either, but they did manage a winning record in the last month, going 15-12.
Bleacher Report has a comprehensive look at the matchups in this game (and the Pirates-Giants game tomorrow).
Dodgers at Royals, 5:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA
James Shields (8-3, 3.70 ERA) will pitch for the Royals, and Dan Haren (7-4, 3.62 ERA) goes for the Dodgers. Each guy has been hit with the home run bug recently. In Shields’ last game he gave up two dingers for four runs, while Haren had given up ten HRS in seven starts prior to his last one, and he didn’t improve. He gave up two to Seth Smith of the Padres that night.
History: In 267 career starts, Shields has never faced the Dodgers, while Haren owns a 5-2 record and a 2.77 ERA against the Royals in 11 career starts.
There’s no word yet on whether Hanley Ramirez’s shoulder will allow him to play.
Lineup when available.