MLB Wild Card Series: Takeaways from a wild Day 1

MLB's first-ever wild-card series weekend is here.

As the playoff field expands to 12 teams for the 2022 postseason

The Cleveland Guardians' thrilling home triumph over the Tampa Bay Rays kicked off the festivities on Friday.

Here are the key lessons learned from each game on the first postseason day.

17 minutes and two hours. Just that was enough to go past the opening contest of the 2022 MLB playoffs.

After Rays' Jose Siri hit a long ball for the opening run in the AL Wild Card game, Jose Ramirez of Cleveland overturned a momentary deficit with a two-run bomb.

The Cardinals had everything prepared. When the season first started, Jose Quintana would have been viewed as an improbable playoff Game 1 starter.