Four takeaways from Guardians-Rays Wild Card Game 1

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The first game of the 2022 MLB postseason is in the books.friday afternoon cleveland guardians lasted long Tampa Bay Rays Win 2 vs 1 (box score) in Game 1 of the Wild Card Series. Cleveland leads the best-of-three series 1-0. the winner advances, new york yankees at ALDS.

Shane beat Shane and Jose beat Jose to give the Guardians a Game 1 victory. The fast-paced pitcher’s duel lasted only 2 hours and 17 minutes. Atlanta Braves It took just 2 hours and 13 minutes to break the Houston Astros In Game 2 of the 1999 NLDS.

Here are four points from Game 1 of the Guardians and Rays.

beaver prevailed

Every team is looking for an ace to set the tone for Game 1. Shane Bieber It was Friday. The 2020 AL Cy Young winner finished 7 2/3 innings he finished with 6 innings. Jose Siri The only downside is solo homers.he was able to pass the ball directly to the closer Emmanuelle Claset for a four out save.

Bieber has pitched seven innings in a postseason game since Roberto Hernandez (formerly known as Fausto Carmona) pitched nine innings in the club’s 11-inning win over the Yankees in Game 2 of the 2007 ALDS. is the first Cleveland pitcher to complete.

This year, Bieber has pitched 198 strikeouts and a 2.88 ERA in 200 innings. His fastball average was 91.8 mph in Game 1, up one tick from his regular season average of 91.3 mph. Let’s chalk it up to postseason adrenaline. The Bieber heater averaged 94.1 mph during Cy Young’s season. His pitching speed isn’t quite back from last year’s shoulder injury, but Bieber’s command is very good and his second pitcher is very sharp and can dominate anyway.

Ramirez took a big swing

Siri gave the Rays a 1–0 lead in the top of the sixth inning lasting only a few hitters. second half of the inning, Amed Rosario Knocked out a one-out single to set up a longtime AL MVP contender Jose Ramirez A two-run home run. The ball landed in roughly the same spot as Siri’s home run. Here’s the video:

The Rays challenged whether Rosario stepped on second base when he rounded the bag on Ramirez’s homer, and the replay crew MLB Headquarters eventually ruled that he did. He hit a two-run homer to decide the game.

Otherwise, McClanahan was very good, striking out 5 in seven innings. It’s the deepest a Rays starter has pitched in a postseason game under manager Kevin Cash. Blake Snell In Game 6 of the 2020 World Series, los angeles dodgersCash has been at the helm since 2015.

Tampa offense continues to struggle

The Rays have really limped in the regular season, losing 12 of their last 16 games. Sure enough, they were held to just his one run on Siri’s homer in Game 1 on Friday. With two singles, one home run, and one base, if a pitcher isn’t perfect, many postseason he won’t win a game. Tampa was a regular in his scoring per game during his season as he finished 21st.

Cleveland’s bullpen set

Winning Game 1 wasn’t enough, so Cleveland’s bullpen are on top form heading into Game 2. Kress only threw 11 pitches to get his last four outs, so there’s no reason to think he won’t be out on Saturday.In addition, the ace setup men James Karinchak When Trevor Stephen didn’t throw It’s not unreasonable to think that 4-5 outs could be called for if they had a chance to close out the series in Game 2.

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Cleveland currently holds a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series.they send right Triston Mackenzie on the mound for game 2 Tyler Glasnow Trying to save Tampa’s season. Glasnau returned from Tommy John surgery in September (he played against the Guardians in his first game) and has yet to throw more than 64 pitches in a single game. This ensures that the bullpen is included.

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