A’s @ Royals– AL Wild Card
Oakland is 7-4 in Lester starts (3-1, 2.57 in last four). Lester is 3-0, 2.61 against the Royals this year and is 6-4, 2.11 in 11 postseason starts.
Shields is 2-1, 2.14 in his last six starts, 1-0, 3.21 in two starts vs Oakland. He is 2-4, 4.98 in six postseason starts (with Tampa Bay).
A’s played lousy from August 1 on, going 22-33 since acquiring Lester, but they played in playoffs last two years, are used to games like this.
Royals haven’t been in playoffs since 1985, though Shields was in playoffs for Rays in three different seasons. Kansas City won six of its last eight games.