The Tampa Bay Rays completed the field for baseball's playoffs with a win over the Texas Rangers as a road favorite on Monday night, and now they'll face the Cleveland Indians in the AL Wild Card game on Wednesday night.
Before that contest, however, the Pittsburgh Pirates will play host to the Cincinnati Reds as home favorites in the NL Wild Card game on Tuesday night. The winner of that contest will head to St. Louis to battle the Cardinals in Game 1 of the NLDS on Thursday. Pittsburgh goes with Francisco Liriano (0-3, 3.70 ERA in his career against the Reds) on Tuesday, while Cincinnati counters with Johnny Cueto (13-4, 2.37 ERA in his career against the Pirates).
The MLB sportsbook odds for this matchup have the Pirates listed as the -131 favorites, the Reds the +126 underdog and the total set at 6.5 runs.
Pittsburgh went 11-8 against Cincinnati this season, and they won each of their three games against the Reds over the weekend to secure home-field advantage in the Wild Card game. The OVER is 8-11-1 in the past 20 games between the two teams.
On Wednesday night the Indians then host the Rays in the AL Wild Card game, after Tampa Bay topped Texas 5-2 as a -114 road favorite on the baseball odds at the sportsbooks. Evan Longoria homered and drove in a pair of runs for Tampa Bay in that win.
The Rays' Alex Cobb will take on the Indians' Danny Salazar on Wednesday night. Tampa Bay went 4-2 against Cleveland this season, with the OVER/UNDER going 3-3.
The NLDS then gets underway on Thursday with Pittsburgh or Cincinnati at St. Louis, and the Dodgers at Atlanta. Those two series continue on Friday while the two ALDS sets also get started -- Boston will host either Cleveland or Tampa Bay at Fenway Park, while Detroit will go on the road for Game 1 of their series against Oakland.
Detroit and Oakland met seven times this season; the A's won four of those contests. As well, totals bettors saw the OVER pay out in each of their last six matchups.