The Indians will take on the visiting Rays at Progressive Field tonight in the A.L. Wild Card Game. The winner of tonight’s game starts a series in Boston against the Red Sox this Friday Night. 23-year old righty rookie Danny Salazar will be toeing the rubber for the Tribe tonight. He pitched in 10 games (all starts) for the Indians in 2013 and he was 2-3 with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. Salazar finished up the regular season very strongly, starting 5 games in September in which he was 1-1 with a 2.52 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. The Indians hope that Salazar can channel Jaret Wright’s performance in the playoffs of 1997, when he pitched really well despite limited experience. None of the players on the Rays have faced Salazar yet, which should be to his advantage. Salazar better be on his game, as 25-year old righty Alex Cobb is starting for the Rays and has was outstanding in 2013. He pitched in 22 games (all starts) for the Rays in 2013 and he was 11-3 with a 2.76 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. Cobb gave up 120 hits and 45 walks while whiffing 134 batters in 143 1/3 innings for the Rays this year, which are impressive numbers. Cobb has started 3 games against the Indians so far in his career and he was 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Nine Indians have batted against Cobb in their careers and they are hitting a combined .230 (.598 OPS) with o homers and 3 RBIs. Nick Swisher is 3 for 10 (.300 avg, .817 OPS) with 1 RBI, Ryan Raburn is 3 for 8 (.375 avg, .819 OPS) with 1 RBI and Carlos Santana is 3 for 7 (.429 avg, 1.071 OPS) are the guys who have had some success against Cobb so far in their careers.