Who will take the lead in the series?
When: 02.30 (BST)
Where: O.co Coliseum
The A’s won 94 games last season and 96 games this year, and as a result have emerged as serious contenders for the World Series title.
However, they will want to learn their lessons from last year, after the Detroit Tigers fell to an 0-2 ALDS deficit before ousting them.
While there are few worries regarding their starters and offense, the main concern for the Tigers will be the bullpen which needs to improve on its posting of a 4.98 ERA in September.
“I’m as proud of this team as any team,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.
“I mean, people were setting us up for failure from day one. We have a good team. If we don’t win the division, there’s something wrong. Well, it’s not easy to live with that from Spring Training, all winter and through the whole season. And these guys did that. They showed me something.”
Meanwhile, the Athletics will still embrace the role of underdogs despite securing their second straight division title, as they look to ultimately prevail in what should be a great series.