Adrenaline will run high at Citi Field tonight as the National League Wild Card game will take place between the hometown New York Mets and the visiting San Francisco Giants. The Amazin’s edged out the Giants in the regular season series four games to three giving them the slight advantage. With both teams almost dead even in skill, the crowd will be a big factor tonight as it is sure to be electric. Winner of the do-or-die game will travel to Chicago to face off against the MLB-best Cubs.
8:08 PM Start: Noah Syndergaard (14-9, 2.60 ERA) v Madison Bumgarner (15-9, 2.74 ERA)
It is sure to be a pitcher’s duel tonight on the bump with Syndergaard and Bumgarner taking the hill. Looking at “Thor” first, the flamethrower has been 4-2 in his last seven starts. His best one came against the Giants back on August 21 where he threw eight shutout innings to earn the victory on the road. Syndergaard thrives in these high pressure moments and should be amped to get the ball tonight.
Then, there is Bumgarner who every baseball fan knows is a postseason wizard. It is an easy call to make for manager Bruce Bochy to make as the lefty is the ace of the pitching staff. He also earned a win in his last start against the Mets, but his wasn’t as pretty as Syndergaard’s outing. Bumgarner went five total innings allowing four earned on six hits and three walks. If the Mets can get to him like this again, they may have a shot to take this one at home.
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With the seats likely to be sold out, the Mets need to use the thunderous crowd to their advantage tonight. These two teams are eerily similar in talent level especially the two pitchers. Their stats are only a few decimal places apart making it tough to judge who has the upper hand. This is why Syndergaard must use the crowd to generate momentum throughout the game. Another key for the Mets is going to be Asdrubel Cabrera who has been red hot since coming off the DL. The switch hitter, who will likely bat from the right side tonight, has been hitting .343 since his return and will play a vital role in attacking Bumgarner. It will sure be one for the books tonight. Get ready Mets fan, you are in for a show.