MLB Playoffs: Guardians vs. Rays Wild Card Series

When the Guardians and Rays matchup for the first postseason game in Cleveland on Friday just after noon ET (too early for a playoff game), those of us tuning in will see two teams with a lot in common.

Of the 12 teams in the playoff bracket, they are the two with the fewest home games. They own the lowest ERAs among the eight teams in the wild-card round. Cleveland manager Terry Francona is the longest-tenured MLB manager by his current team, and Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash is right behind him in second place — and before Cash was hired by the Rays, he served as Francona in Cleveland.

The Guardians (92–70) secured the No. 3 seed in the American League by winning the AL Central, while the Rays (86–76), on a five-game losing streak to end the season, finished three games out of the Orioles to clinch the sixth and final playoff spot.

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