Friday night's MLB playoffs 2013 live stream and TV coverage spans all four of the matchups between the National and American Leagues, with eight teams among those in the pennant chase. Last year's World Series runner-ups, the Detroit Tigers will get started in their pursuit of a return to the big game, with a series against Oakland their first round matchup. Tonight's MLB playoffs live streaming and televised game comes by way of MLB's website service and TBS for TV viewers.
An Oct. 4 report via Detroit Free Press notes that the two teams will meet again, after last year's ALDS, but this time the A's have opened their upper deck at the Coliseum. That should increase the stadium capacity from 35,000 fans to 48,000 fans, providing a rowdy and noisy atmosphere for the start of the ALDS. Detroit leftfielder Andy Dirks said of the excitement and crowd impact on playoff baseball:
"It’s exciting for everybody when the atmosphere is like that. Those are special moments in baseball.
It was crazy last year. But every year is a little different. We’ll know after Game 1 how they’re going to act."
Last year, Oakland's rowdy crowd had an impact, but Detroit still managed to prevail. The Tigers defeated the A's in a series that went the full 5 games, with the Tigers winning the first two games in Comerica Park. Despite Oakland having homefield advantage through the series, the Tigers managed to grab a huge win in Game 5 at O.co Coliseum with a 6-0 shutout. Prior to that game, none of the other games in the series were decided by more than two runs, making for a close matchup.
In tonight's pitching duel, Detroit ace Max Scherzer takes the mound for the Tigers. Scherzer was stellar over the course of the past season, with a 21-3 record, 240 strikeouts and an ERA of just 2.90. On the other side, Bartolo Colon will be starting pitcher for the A's. He managed to compile an 18-6 record, 2.65 ERA and 117 strikeouts during his season. Of note, Colon and Scherzer had two outings against each other with no decision in the games by either pitcher. The two games were a 1-1 draw, both of which were decided by a run each.
For tonight's game, odds makers have given the edge to Scherzer and Detroit, setting the Tigers up with a line of as much as -125 on some books. The underdog Athletics are priced around +110 to +115 depending on the sports book. The over/under for tonight's game currently sits at 6 1/2 combined runs. Weather reports indicate clear skies with temperatures expected to be in the low 70's.
The Tigers are currently 7 to 1 favorites to win the American League pennant, trailing only the Red Sox (27 to 20), while the A's are third with odds of 16 to 5. Will this be a year in which Detroit makes a return to the World Series, or will the Oakland A's find a way to win the ALDS this postseason?
Game 1 of the ALDS between the Detroit Tigers and Oakland A's has a start time of 9:37 p.m. EST. TBS will provide the telecast of the game from Oakland for cable and satellite TV viewers. For those who want to watch the game live streaming online, there is a MLB Postseason TV service available at MLB's website for $4.99 which provides "alternate angle companion coverage" and also an option for international viewers. See more info here at MLB.com.