Tonight will be the end of the road for either the A’s or the Tigers’ MLB postseason run. And in the NFL, another loss will also be the end for the Giants’ already miniscule playoff hopes.
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Detroit Tigers vs Oakland A’s (8:07 PM ET)
Pitching Match-up: DET: Justin Verlander (13-12, 3.36 ERA) vs OAK: Sonny Gray (5-3, 2.38 ERA)
For the second straight year, the Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers will need a deciding Game 5 to determine who will advance from the ALDS.
And just like last year, Justin Verlander gets the task to finish off the A’s just like he did with an 11-strikeout shutout in 2012. The Detroit ace was dominant in Game 1, delivering 11 strikeouts in 7 innings, but received no run support. Verlander will hope the Tigers bats carry their 8-run outburst from Game 4 to tonight. The Tigers are 4-1 in Verlander’s last 5 road starts vs. Athletics.
Perhaps influenced by his strong outing in Game 1, Bob Melvin has opted to go with rookie Sonny Gray to start the biggest game in the A’s season. Gray matched Justin Verlander pitch for pitch, going 8 strong innings with 9 K’s. The A’s have had good success recently with Gray on the mound. Athletics are 4-1 in Gray’s last 5 home starts.[sc:MLB490banner ]
New York Giants vs Chicago Bears (8:25 PM ET)
The Giants will be going all-out to break its season-long duck when it goes to Chicago to face the Bears tonight.
Not many things have gone right for Eli Manning’s crew, but with receivers like Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz, they are more than capable of exposing the Bears’ suddenly suspect secondary (278 passing yards allowed, 24th in NFL). The Giants are 4-1 SU in their last 5 road games against Chicago.
After a promising start, Chicago has now dropped two straight games. The Bears have a golden opportunity to stop their rut against the Giants. Alshon Jeffrey is coming off a career day (10 catches, 218 yards) last week, and Jay Cutler will be banking on him for a repeat performance. Chicago is 5-2 SU in their last 7 games.
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