Justin Verlander (6-4, 4.22 ERA) will start for the Tigers, while Sonny Gray (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will take the mound for the A’s.
Verlander met the A’s in the 2012 postseason as well, beating them twice, and faced them twice during the 2013 season. He went 1-1 against Oakland this year as he posted a 3.27 ERA against them and threw 11 IP, allowing 6 runs—4 earned—on 7 hits to with 6 walks and 9 strikeouts. Verlander’s career numbers against Oakland in the postseason are also very good; he’s 3-0 in 3 starts with 21 IP, as he’s given up just 5 runs on 14 hits, 6 walks and 28 strikeouts. Verlander has posted a 0.94 WHIP and a .182 BAA in those 3 starts.
This is Gray’s first postseason start, and his first time facing the Tigers.
Lineups after the jump
Tigers J. Verlander — R)
Athletics (S. Gray — R)