The Tampa Bay Rays head to Progressive Field to face the Cleveland Indians in the AL Wild Card.
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Cleveland looked improved early in the 2013 campaign but I'd be lying if I said they were playoff material because of their inconsistency. However, as they say that was then and this is now. The Indians were the hottest and most consistent team in the game for weeks and finished the regular season on a 10-0 run to capture the first Wild Card and home field advantage. In this stretch run both the arms and bats contributed and if one unit faltered the other picked them up so if the Tribe needed a hit they got it and if they needed outs the pitching responded. The Indians will be going with Danny Salazar on the mound Wednesday who has only ten starts to his credit in his rookie season. Salazar has gone 2-3 with a 3.12 ERA over 52 innings of work.
To be honest I am baffled by Salazar being on the mound in this all or nothing Wild Card. He hasn't been going deep in to games, has little experience, blah, blah, blah. Does somebody know something I don't? I am assuming the Tribe will be leaning on their offense here but I obviously need more time to check this one out and will...