Ten storylines to watch in Giants-Mets Wild Card Game
Win or go home
After 162 games, the Giants and Mets have nine innings to try to keep the season going. That's a small window to make an impact, so here's a look at some small-sample-size numbers that could make a difference Wednesday night...
With so many left-right bats on the benches, the versatile reliever could be key. Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson are the only current Mets who have taken him deep.
With seven hits in 20 at-bats against Bumgarner, he's one of those random right-handers who sees the lefty well.
The New York native always enjoys a trip home. He's 10-for-27 at Citi Field.
He has three singles in six at-bats against Syndergaard and he's 4-for-7 with a homer off set-up man Addison Reed.
He's the only Giant with a homer off Syndergaard. He is also 4-for-5 off Mets closer Jeurys Familia...
Denard Span/Brandon Belt
The two players expected to hit at the top of the lineup are a combined 0-for-12 against Syndergaard with four strikeouts.
The man who had an epic battle with Romo in the 2012 NLDS is more likely to see Javier Lopez in the late innings. Bruce has just two hits in their 18 matchups.
He has never faced Asdrubal Cabrera, who has been huge for the Mets down the stretch, but two of three matchups with Cespedes have ended with a strikeout.
He's 3-for-10 against Bumgarner, with three walks and three strikeouts. When the Mets visited AT&T Park in August, Cespedes hit three homers in two wins.
The Mets do most of their damage with homers, but they're missing an important bat against Bumgarner. Justin Ruggiano has three homers off him in 11 at-bats, but he's out after shoulder surgery.