NL Wild Card : Thor vs. Mad Bum
By: James Kelly Jr. @KellyJLive
National League Wild Card – San Francisco Giants at New York Mets.
Season series : 4-3 Mets
Give me one guy to win one baseball game, and the first name that comes to mind is baseball’s all-time leader in postseason victories, Andy Pettitte. Unfortunately, for the Giants and Mets, Pettitte will not available when the two clash tonight at Citi Field in New York. The Giants will have to settle for Madison Bumgarner, who doesn’t have too bad a playoff record himself at 7-3. The Mets will counter with their 6′ 6″ fireballer, Noah Syndergaard, who also has had some October success in his young career. Both, Mad Bum and Thor, respectively, are 15 and 14 game winners with ERAs just under three.
Each team’s lineup is packed with postseason experience. For the Mets, Curtis Granderson and Yoenis Cespedes both stepped up in the 2015 playoffs, guiding New York to a National League pennant. They will need to lead the way again for the Mets. Also look for the Mets to try to get grizzled veteran, José Reyes on base, and control the running game. Journeyman, and Mets first baseman, James Loney is also a dark horse, that is more than capable of putting the ball into orbit. Loney knows what it takes to win in October.
Look for the Giants to try to get the lead off man, Gorkys Hernandez, on and run on Syndergaard. The young righty has yet to develop a slide step to first, and seems very uncomfortable pitching from the stretch. The big bats of Hunter Pence, Brandon Belt, and Buster Posey will look to do the rest.
Every bone in my body is saying Bumgarner wins this, but I like the Mets at home, with a power pitcher in Syndergaard. Undoubtedly, Bartolo Colón, will be waiting in the wings if Thor runs into trouble early. It very well could be a low-scoring, pitcher’s duel. Giants closer, Sergio Romo, and Mets finish man, Jeurys Familia are two of the best in the game.