MLB Playoff Betting: Postseason Outlook

The Oakland Athletics' Jon Lester is 9-3 with a 1.84 ERA in his 13 career starts against the Kansas City Royals as those two teams face off on Tuesday night to launch the 2014 MLB postseason schedule.

Lester will take on the Royals' James Shields in the AL Wild Card Game on Tuesday, with Shields 6-4 with a 3.82 ERA in his 15 career starts against Oakland. Shields is 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA on the season, while Lester is 16-11 with a 2.46 ERA. The Sportsbook of Tuesday's game moves on to an ALDS matchup with the Los Angeles Angels.

The NL Wild Card Game will then be played on Wednesday night, with the Pittsburgh Pirates playing host to the San Francisco Giants. The Sportsbook of the Pirates vs. Giants game on Wednesday night moves on to an NLDS matchup with the Washington Nationals later in the week.

Madison Bumgarner (18-10, 2.98 ERA) will start for San Francisco on Wednesday night, while Edinson Volquez (13-7, 3.04 ERA) will get the ball for Pittsburgh. Bumgarner is 1-3 with a 3.24 ERA in his career against the Pirates, while Volquez is 2-2 with a 5.72 ERA in his career against the Giants.

The American League Division Series both get underway on Thursday night, with Detroit at Baltimore and the Wild Card Sportsbook at the Angels. Over in the National League the Division Series will start on Friday, with St. Louis at the Dodgers and the Wild Card Sportsbook at Washington.

Baseball Betting Trends - Last 10 Games

Oakland is 4-6 in its last 10 games against Kansas City. Oakland is 3-7 in its last 10 games against the Angels. Kansas City is 3-7 in its last 10 games against the Angels. Detroit is 6-4 in its last 10 games against Baltimore. San Francisco is 4-6 in its last 10 games against Pittsburgh. San Francisco is 3-7 in its last 10 games against Washington. Pittsburgh is 5-5 in its last 10 games against Washington. St. Louis is 5-5 in its last 10 games against the Dodgers.

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American League Wild Card Game Tue September 30 - Oakland at Kansas City

National League Wild Card Game Wed October 1 - San Francisco at Pittsburgh

American League Division Series

Detroit Tigers vs. Baltimore Orioles Game 1 - Thu October 2 - Detroit at Baltimore Game 2 - Fri October 3 - Detroit at Baltimore Game 3 - Sun October 5 - Baltimore at Detroit Game 4 - Mon October 6 - Baltimore at Detroit Game 5 - Wed October 8 - Detroit at Baltimore

Oakland/Kansas City vs. Los Angeles Angels Game 1 - Thu October 2 - TBD at Los Angeles Game 2 - Fri October 3 - TBD at Los Angeles Game 3 - Sun October 5 - Los Angeles at TBD Game 4 - Mon October 6 - Los Angeles at TBD Game 5 - Wed October 8 - TBD at Los Angeles

National League Division Series

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Game 1 - Fri October 3 - St. Louis at Los Angeles Game 2 - Sat October 4 - St. Louis at Los Angeles Game 3 - Mon October 6 - Los Angeles at St. Louis Game 4 - Tue October 7 - Los Angeles at St. Louis Game 5 - Thu October 9 - St. Louis at Los Angeles

San Francisco/Pittsburgh vs. Washington Nationals Game 1 - Fri October 3 - TBD at Washington Game 2 - Sat October 4 - TBD at Washington Game 3 - Mon October 6 - Washington at TBD Game 4 - Tue October 7 - Washington at TBD Game 5 - Thu October 9 - TBD at Washington