By: Monte Perez
The New York Mets (87-75) will host the San Francisco Giants (87-75) Wednesday night at Citi Field for a 0ne game winner take all Wild Card Playoff Matchup. Two of the games best will be on the mound.
Noah Syndergaard: 14-9, 2.60 ERA with 218 strikeouts in 183.2 innings pitched.
Madison Bumgarner: 15-9,2.74 ERA with 251 strikeouts in 226.2 innings pitched.
If you are a Mets fan, this has been a roller coaster ride of a season. To paraphrase Al Pacino from the movie Godfather III, “Just when we thought they were out of the playoffs, they pulled us back in.” It is absolutely amazing that New York has only two full-time starters, Yoenis Cespedes and Curtis Granderson and only two full-time pitchers, Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard that were on the World Series Roster last year. Lucas Duda just came off injury, he would be considered the 3rd starter but he has only played in 47 games. Terry Collins has done a masterful job of keeping this team focused and Sandy Alderson has provided this team with depth at every position.
A lot of SF Giants fan think this could be another championship team. After all, SF has won the World Series in 2010,2012 and 2014. If you follow the script they win a title every even year. They needed the last weekend and last game, to clinch a wild card spot.
Bumgarner is 7-3 with a 2.14 ERA in his postseason career, and he has never lost at Citi Field: He’s 4-0 with a 0.62 ERA. The key to this game is simple… If the Mets want to win they can’t get down early. Mentally, trailing Bumgarner in a playoff game is a no win situation. If the Mets can force him to throw a lot of pitches and get to San Francisco’s bullpen they have a great chance of winning. Syndergaard has to pitch the game of his life and he should rise to the challenge. Both pitchers should go a minimum of 7 strong innings.
The Mets appear to be a team of destiny, they have overcome injuries and have gotten production out of everyone on the team. They are peaking at the right time. They saved their best baseball for September and October. New York’s top of the lineup can be downright scary with Jose Reyes, Asdrúbal Cabrera (23 HR’s), Cespedes (31 HR’s), Granderson (30 HR’s), Jay Bruce (33 HR’s) and Duda.
I like the Mets in a close game, 3-2 and Jeurys Familia will get his 52nd save on the year.
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