The MLB Wild Card Series: Takeaways from a wild day

As the playoff field expands to 12 teams for the 2022 postseason, it will be expanded.

The best-of-three series will decide which teams will advance to the American League Division Series.

The American League Division Series will be played against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves.

The Friday festivities began with the Cleveland Guardians taking a 2-0 lead over the Tampa Bay Rays at home.

The Phillies made an incredible comeback in their game with the St. Louis Cardinals.

The San Diego Padres hit four home runs off Max Scherzer in a 3-1 win over the New York Mets.

Two hours and seventeen minutes. That was all it took to get through the first game of the 2022 MLB playoffs.

It was the shortest AL postseason game since Game 1 between two teams that aren't known for their long balls was decided by. the long ball.

Cleveland's Jose Ramirez erased a brief deficit with a two-out blast after Jose Siri went deep for the Rays for the first run of a very brief AL wild-card opener.

Ramirez was the only home run threat in the Guardians lineup that Kevin Cash had mentioned before the series.

He couldn't make pitches because of the runners on the bases.

Meanwhile, Shane Bieber kept the Rays to one run in 723 innings -- and now Cleveland is just one win away from knocking out Tampa Bay.