The MLB playoffs 2013 live stream and TV schedule brings a crucial Game 5 in the ALDS, with the winner moving on to play the Boston Red Sox in the American League Championship series. It will be the Detroit Tigers, banking on their ace pitcher Justin Verlander, as they visit the Oakland A's, where O.co is likely to get very loud as the home fans look to motivate the A's. The latest MLB live streaming and televised playoffs game comes by way of TBS and the MLB website's service.
A Detroit Free Press article from today, Oct. 10, reports that Jhonny Peralta will get the start in left field for tonight's final game of the ALDS. As for Max Scherzer, Tigers manager Jim Leyland has said he won't be available to pitch in relief like he did in the previous game. As of the Free Press report, Leyland also noted he was still working on the lineup to face Oakland pitcher Sonny Gray in tonight's Game 5. That means, it's unknown, as of this report, if Austin Jackson will get the nod for the lineup, or if Leyland may decide to keep him out due to the fact he struck out all four times he faced Sonny Gray in Game 2.
For the Oakland A's, it's unexpected that Anibal Sanchez or Jarrod Parker would pitch in relief during the must-win game. It's also unknown if Alberto Callaspo or Eric Sogard will be starting at the second base spot. Sogard has gone 0-for-9 over the course of the series, while Callaspo has looked good in most of his at-bats when he was pinch-hitting for Sogard.
The pitching is probably going to be where tonight's game is truly won, and both teams are counting on their starters. Sonny Gray held the Tigers to a shutout in Game 2, as the A's tied the series with their 1-0 win. Justin Verlander was on the other side of the equation in that game, and still pitched brilliantly, as he had 11 strikeouts, four hits, and no runs over his 7 innings. The Old Dominion college star and Mankin-Sabot, Virginia-born pitcher was also essential in Detroit's Game 5 win last postseason against this very A's team, as he pitched all nine innings in a 6-0 shutout win, which saw him strikeout 11 batters and give up just four hits.
Odds makers believe that the edge in this one goes to Detroit here, most likely due to the pitcher with more experience. However, the lines are very close as some books (5Dimes) have the Tigers at -106 and A's at -104. Other books generally have the Tigers as high as -114, with the A's as high as -104. The over/under appears to be about 6 1/2 combined runs between the two teams. Weather reports indicate partly cloudy skies, with a high temperature in the low 60's at the O.co Colisuem.
Thursday's Tigers vs. A's game has a start time of 8:07 p.m. EST. Television coverage can be seen on TBS in hi-definition on various cable or satellite providers. For live streaming coverage, United States and Canadian viewers can head to the MLB Postseason TV subscription service. The service, which costs $4.99, will provide live alternate angle companion viewing of tonight's game, as well as all of the remaining National League Championship Series games. See more info here on how to watch online.