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The newly formatted MLB playoffs begin Friday with four wild-card series. Four other teams received first-round byes. While the rosters for the wild-card round are yet to be finalized, multiple former Anglers are in line to make contributions this October.
Manoah was one of the No. 4 seed Blue Jays' workhorses this season, logging a 2.24 ERA over 31 starts and 196.2 innings. Manoah's ERA was the third-lowest in the American League among qualified pitchers, while his 180 strikeouts were 12th. Manoah has been named the Blue Jays' Game 1 starter for their wild-card series against the Mariners.
Merrifield was moved to the Blue Jays at the trade deadline in August and will now be a part of their playoff run this October. The veteran infielder hit .281 in 44 games with Toronto in the regular season.
Pe'a manned shortstop for the American League's top-seeded Astros in his rookie campaign. The 25-year-old hit .253 with 22 home runs. As one of the American League's top two seeds, Houston earned a bye in the wild-card round and will face the winner of Seattle and Toronto's series.
One of baseball's best relievers, Karinchak should play a significant role in the No. 3 seed Cleveland's playoff run. The righty struck out 62 batters in 39 innings while pitching to a 2.08 ERA over 38 appearances. Cleveland will host the Rays.
McHugh excelled as a reliever in Atlanta and should maintain a similar role in the playoffs. The right-hander recorded a 2.60 ERA through 58 games. He punched out 75 batters in 69.1 innings. Atlanta holds the second seed in the National League, earning a bye in the wild-card series. Atlanta will play the winner of the Phillies and Cardinals' series.
Pallante appeared in 47 games ' making 10 starts ' for the Cardinals, who will host the Phillies in the wild-card series. Pallante finished the regular season with a 3.17 ERA. He is expected to come out of the bullpen in the playoffs.