James Shields, Royals
Against the Angels
2014: 1 GS, 0-0, 6.00 ERA
Career: 13 GS, 6-3, 3.31 ERA
Loves to face: Josh Hamilton, 3-for-25, 11 K Hates to face: Howie Kendrick, 14-for-26, 1 HR
Why he'll win: Because the Royals acquired Shields to win this exact type of game, and his 3.18 ERA in 68 regular-season starts with Kansas City suggests he's very capable of doing so.
Pitcher beware: Shields enters with a 4.74 ERA in his last four starts. He allowed at least three runs in each.
Bottom line: Kansas City has counted on Shields in games of significant magnitude for the last two years, with the Royals receiving positive returns. Sunday should be no different.
C.J. Wilson, Angels
Against the Royals
2014: 2 GS, 1-0, 4.50 ERA
Career: 17 G, 7 GS, 4-0, 3.20 ERA
Loves to face: Billy Butler, 4-for-19, 7 K Hates to face: Omar Infante, 7-for-15, 2 2B
Why he'll win: The left-hander, who tends to be erratic with his control, might find his perfect match in the ultra-aggressive Royals lineup.
Pitcher beware: Wilson logged a 5.31 ERA in 16 road starts this season, compared to a 3.82 ERA at home. He also finished the regular season 4-8 on the road, compared to 9-2 at Angel Stadium.
Bottom line: An interesting showdown between the American League's walk leader and MLB's embodiment of a free-swinging team. Whoever breaks the mold could come out on top.
Jackson Alexander is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.