(Photo: Reuters/Rebecca Cook)
The Detroit Tigers will take on the Oakland Athletics in Game 5 of the ALDS on Thursday night in a winner takes all match up.
What is sure to be a tense encounter will start at 8.07 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
Today's decisive game will see a rematch of the epic pitching encounter from Game 2 earlier in this series. Justin Verlander will be facing off against rookie Sonny Gray with the Athletics having a record of 0-5 in Game 5's in the ALDS.
Today's game also comes almost exactly a year after these same two teams fought one another in last season's ALDS Game 5, which took place on Thursday Oct. 11, 2012. In that game Justin Verlander also features, except that time he squared off against Jarrod Parker.
This time Sonny Gray will get the ball on the mound, and the fate of his team this postseason will rest with him.
Verlander vs Gray was the pitcher match up in Game 2 last Saturday, and it was an epic encounter with both pitchers helping to keep the batters completely quiet until the ninth inning. Then dramatically in the ninth, the A's won the game against Rick Porcello.
The level at which both pitchers performed was amazing in Game 2, with Verlander going seven shutout innings, letting only four hits and a walk, and striking out 11.
Meanwhile, Gray managed to go eight shutout innings, also giving up only four hits and allowing two walks, while striking out nine.
The pitching match up in what is sure to be a tense encounter tonight makes for a mouthwatering game, and is exactly what the MLB Playoffs are all about.
Detroit Tigers vs Oakland Athletics in Game 5 of the ALDS will start at 8.07 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the TBS network or online through free live stream by clicking here.