2022 MLB playoffs: Wild Card Sequence takeaways as Padres, Phillies, Mariners, Guardians bounce forward

October 8, 2022

The 2022 MLB postseason has arrived. The postseason started Friday with the model new Wild Card Sequence. MLB has a 12-team postseason format this 12 months, the most important subject within the sport’s historical past (excluding the 2020 pandemic season). The Phillies shocked the Cardinals with a six-run ninth inning to take Sport 1 of their Wild Card Sequence matchup. Within the American League, the Mariners and Guardians bought wins over the Blue Jays and Rays, respectively. All that continues to be on Friday’s schedule is Padres-Mets. 

As a reminder, the Wild Card Sequence replaces the one-and-done Wild Card Sport and is a mad sprint best-of-three with no off-days and all three video games on the increased seed’s ballpark. Right here is Friday’s scoreboard:

Wild Card Sequence scores

And this is what to know from each sport on Friday.

Guardians stars put them one win away from ALDS

The Guardians are clearly rather more than two gamers, however heading into the sequence, their two largest stars could be four-time All-Star José Ramírez and 2020 Cy Younger winner Shane Bieber. They had been the celebs of Sport 1. 

Bieber, making his second profession playoff begin, allowed only one run in 7 2/3 innings of labor. He struck out eight and allowed solely three hits and one stroll. The lone run he allowed was a solo residence run to Jose Siri and that briefly gave the Rays the 1-0 lead. 

That was within the prime of the sixth. Within the backside, Ramírez got here by means of with a two-run homer to right-center subject. It gave the Guardians a 2-1 lead and that is the place the rating would stay, due to Bieber and All-Star nearer Emmanuel Clase. 

Full takeaways right here.

Phillies pull off historic comeback vs. Cardinals

The beginning pitchers (José Quintana of the Cardinals and Zack Wheeler of the Phillies) mixed for 11 2/3 innings of scoreless work on Friday in St. Louis. A pinch-hit, two-run residence run from Juan Yepez gave the Cardinals a 2-0 lead within the backside of the seventh and regarded like it might be the whole lot of the scoring. 

As a substitute, the Phillies stormed again with a six-run ninth inning to shock everybody. The Cardinals had been 74-3 when main after eight innings within the common season. They had been 93-0 as a franchise when main by two or extra runs after eight innings within the postseason. They’re now 93-1.

There is perhaps some carry over, too, as Cardinals nearer Ryan Helsley fully misplaced all command and has an harm to the center finger on his pitching hand. 

Full takeaways right here.

Mariners do not wait lengthy after playoff return

The Mariners performed and received their first playoff sport in 21 years due to a mixture of well timed hitting out entrance and a powerful begin from commerce deadline addition Luis Castillo. Seattle jumped on an excessively amped Alek Manoah within the early going, plating three within the prime of the primary inning. 

Castillo made it maintain up the remainder of the best way, delivering seven shutout innings in his second profession postseason begin. The Blue Jays should open up Sport 2 in higher form in the event that they wish to stave off elimination. Full takeaways right here.

Padres gentle up Scherzer to take Sport 1 from Mets

Mets right-hander Max Scherzer had one of many worst begins of his profession in opposition to San Diego. Scherzer’s last line noticed him give up seven runs on seven hits (4 of them residence runs) throughout 4 2/3 innings. These residence runs got here courtesy of Josh Bell, Trent Grisham, Jurickson Profar, and Manny Machado. 

“Baseball can take you to the best of highs and the bottom of lows,” Scherzer told reporters after the game. “This is without doubt one of the lowest of lows.”

On the opposite facet, Padres starter Yu Darvish was crisp and efficient. He allowed just one run in seven innings of labor, and gave the Padres’ bullpen a comparatively simple evening, at the least by postseason requirements. On account of all of the above, the Mets are actually confronted with an elimination sport on Saturday, whereas the Padres are one win from an NLDS matchup with the rival Dodgers.

Full takeaways right here. 

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