The Athletics are the feel good story of the MLB playoffs this year being the first team in 30 years to make the playoffs with the leagues’ lowest opening day payroll.
Meanwhile the Yankees finished the season with the third most wins in baseball and have a 166 million dollar payroll compared to the 60 milllion of the Athletics.
For the second straight year Luis Severino will be on the mound in the wildcard game for the Yankees, while the Athletics are taking a page out of the Tampa Bay Rays playbook and using Liam Hendriks as an opener.
What will decide tonights game is the pitching. The Yankees starting pitchers were 65-42 with a 4.05 ERA, and the Athletics Pitchers were 52-48 with a 4.17 ERA.
The key player for the Athletics will be closer Blake Treinen who was 9-2 with 38 saves and an 0.78 ERA this season.
The Yankees may have hit an all time record 267 homers, but no one in Major League Baseball hit more than Athletics Khris Davis who had 48.
Whatever the result expect a fantatsic game considering these two split their regular season meetings 3-3.