Wednesday, October 5, 2016

NL Wild Card Game Preview: New York Mets vs. San Francisco Giants 10/5

The National League takes center stage tonight as the New York Mets return home to host one playoff game against the San Francisco Giants. Win or go home and one team will do just that after tonight while the other heads to Chicago and Wrigley Field to take on the Chicago Cubs. Ladies and gentleman they call that a gift and a curse for the winner but no one is thinking that far ahead tonight as they have to first take care of business tonight inside Citi Field. In the game the New York Mets will send Noah Syndergaard to the mound to square off with the Giants starter Madison Bumgarner in what should be one of the better pitching matchups of the postseason. Let’s get to it.

Snydergaard will start the Wild Card Game for the Mets on seven days of rest which could be a good thing or a bad thing for Terry Collins tonight. The Mets were saving him for the final day of the season if they team needed a victory to get into the postseason after the righty led the Mets starters in ERA and strikeouts while making his case of the NL Cy Young Award.

Bumgarner heads into this start fresh off setting a single-season Giants franchise record for strikeouts by a left-handed pitcher. Bumgarner only faced the Mets once this season and he did so inside Citi Field where the game will take place tonight. In that May 1st start Bumgarner struck out seven while hurling six shutout innings in a win over New York. 

The game will be played at 8:05 pm ET inside Citi Field and can be seen nationally on TBS. The playoffs really get kicked off after the AL and NL Wild Card games are over and you know both teams didn’t work this hard just to go home in one-game without a fight. What a game this should be and truth be told I think I am more excited about this one than I was the American League’s Wild Card Game.

Good luck to both teams and enjoy the game. 

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