The A's had a division title in mind when they traded for Lester, but there is perhaps no better man for a one-game Wild Card showdown. Lester boasts a 2.11 ERA in 13 postseason appearances, and against the Royals, he is 9-3 with a 1.84 ERA.
Shields will start the Royals' first postseason game in 29 years. He comes off a strong September in which he posted a 2.31 ERA in five starts. Holding a 4.98 playoff ERA, he'll be making his seventh career postseason start.