Mets vs. Giants - 10/5/16 MLB NL Wild Card Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Fransisco Giants (87-75) vs. New York Mets (87-75)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Citi Field)
Bumgarner vs. Syndergaard
The Line: Giants -101 / Mets -109 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds
The San Francisco Giants and New York Mets play the National League Wild Card game Wednesday at Citi Field on ESPN.
The San Francisco Giants really struggled in the second half of the season, but find themselves in the playoffs for the fourth time since 2010. That’s good enough for the San Fran fanbase considering the Giants have won the World Series each of the last three times they’ve reached the playoffs. As for this game, the Giants are going to need their offense to stay hot, which includes guys such as Buster Posey, Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford. The San Francisco Giants’ offense has woken up at the right time, producing seven or more runs in three of their last four games. Pitching wise, Madison Bumgarner will take the mound, and he was 15-9 with a 2.74 ERA and 251 strikeouts during the regular season. Bumgarner is 7-3 with a 2.14 ERA and 77 strikeouts in his postseason career.
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The New York Mets made the playoffs back-to-back years for the first time since 1999-2000 and hope to get back to the World Series. The Mets have battled injuries all season long, but they're a team that fights and finds a way regardless of the odds. The Mets offense will continue to rely on the long ball, as they finished fifth in the majors with 218 homeruns. Yoenis Cespedes enters this matchup as one of the hottest hitters on the planet, while Curtis Granderson and Asdrubal Cabrera combined for 53 bombs. The New York Mets have won 12 of their last 14 games when scoring more than three runs. Pitching wise, Noah Syndergaard takes the hill, and he was 14-9 with a 2.60 ERA and 218 strikeouts this season. Syndergaard is 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA and 26 strikeouts in his postseason career.
The Giants are 9-3 in their last 12 playoff road games and 5-2 in Bumgarners last 7 starts. The Mets are 1-4 in their last 5 playoff games and 6-2 in Syndergaards last 8 starts. The Giants are 4-0 in Bumgarners last 4 starts vs. Mets and the over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
The Giants found a way to clinch the last wild card spot, so give them credit, but San Francisco was a bad baseball team for much of the second half. The Giants are hard to trust no matter how you slice it. Also, Bumgarner hasn't been himself recently, as he had an ERA of 4.14 in the month of August and 3.92 in September. Bumgarner also has an ERA of 3.39 on the road compared to an ERA of 2.14 at home. Meanwhile, Syndergaard hasn't had an ERA of over 2.84 since June and has allowed two or less runs in six of his last seven starts. Not to mention the Mets have been getting a lot of timely hits lately and seem to have that swagger about them at the moment.
I like the Mets to win this game.