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2016 NL Wild Card Game: San Francisco Giants vs. New York Mets MLB Preview and Prediction

2016 NL Wild Card Game: San Francisco Giants vs. New York Mets MLB Preview and Prediction


San Francisco Giants vs. New York Mets Betting Preview

Where: Citi Field, Flushing

When: Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 8:00 PM ET

Line: San Francisco Giants (-103) vs. New York Mets (-107);total: 6.0 – view all MLB lines

TV Broadcast: ESPN

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Betting on the San Francisco Giants (-103)

The Giants have no better option to start later tonight other than Madison Bumgarner.

Bumgarner has been the moneyman for the Giants in do-or-die games and they’re going to rely anew on the lefty to deliver the goods on the mound. Bumgarner, who finished the regular season with a 15-9 record and a 2.74 ERA, last pitched in a 9-3 win over the Dodgers last Friday, allowing three earned runs on eight hits while striking out five in 7.1 innings of action

More encouraging for the Giants is Bumgarner’s perfect 4-0 record and near flawless 0.62 ERA in four career starts at Citi Field. That includes his start in San Francisco’s 6-1 road win over the Mets back in May 1, when he tossed six scoreless innings to go with seven K’s. Bumgarner will be backed by the Giants’ offense that has apparently trending upwards.

San Francisco’s run production was much maligned in the second half of the season but the team appeared to have gotten it together at the plate near the end of the regular season, as the Giants produced 26 runs in their last four games.

The Giants are 6-4 in their last 10 games at Citi Field.

Betting on the New York Mets (-107)

Can the Giants handle the Wrath of ‘Gaard? The Mets hope San Francisco doesn’t, as they hand the ball to Noah Syndergaard, who ended the regular season with a 14-9 record and 2.60 ERA.

Syndergaard assured the Mets of his readiness for the postseason with a fantastic performance during their 12-1 road win against Miami in which the righty gave up just one earned run on five hits while fanning out 11 Marlins.

Syndergaard also had some success this season against the Giants. Syndergaard toyed with San Francisco’s hitters in a 2-0 win at AT&T Park back in August, pitching eight scoreless frames and allowing just two hits with six strikeouts.

As dominant as Bumgarner has been when working the mound of Citi Field, the Mets still have a handful of dangerous hitters. Curtis Granderson is 10-for-16 in his last five games. Jay Bruce is pummeling balls with regularity of late, going 8-for-16 with three homers and seven RBI’s during the same stretch.

The Mets are 6-4 in their last 10 home games.

Writer’s Prediction

New York (-107) wins, 5-2.

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Written by Rex

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