Major League Baseball may regret having scheduled the Guardians-Rays opener in the 12:07 slot this year. The sellout crowd was electric at Progressive Field on Friday afternoon, and while Cleveland and Tampa Bay may not be the biggest markets, or draw the most national media attention, we may have seen the best pitching matchup of the postseason in the very first game.
This game had a little bit of everything – ace pitchers, great defense, power, and it wouldn’t be complete without a little bit of drama and controversy. And if MLB is still worried about pace of play, hopefully they were taking notes. We should all be thankful that the days of one-game wild-card matchups are gone, because any baseball fan should want more of this series.