NEW YORK — Breaking down the National League wild card game between the Mets and Giants at
Giants 3, Mets 0. Giants advance to NLDS against the Cubs starting Friday in Chicago.
The final: A game billed as a matchup between two of the Majors' most dominant pitchers proved exactly that as
Bumgarner, in his first postseason appearance since the historic 2014 run that earned him MVP honors in both the NLCS and World Series, operated more efficiently, yielding weak contact, scattering hits, and capitalizing on a third-inning double play and a baserunner blunder by T.J. Rivera to keep the Mets off the board.
No player from either team reached third base until the eighth inning, when Giants third baseman
Man of the moment: Bumgarner. With nine more shutout innings on Tuesday, the Giants' ace now sports a 0.79 ERA across 68 2/3 innings in his last nine postseason outings dating back to Game 2 of the
Needing a mulligan:
Pivot point: With Mets closer
What you didn't see on TV: The first pitch, a perfect strike thrown from the mound by 11-year-old
Manager's special: Mets manager
Collins took a bit more caution with Syndergaard this time around, pulling the 6-6 righty with 108 pitches on his docket -- albeit only one hit -- after the seventh inning.