SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The postseason has officially begun for the San Francisco Giants, and KRON4 news crews caught the team leaving AT&T Park for New York.
This is happening just hours after clinching the National League’s final Wild Card spot.
The orange and black face the New York Mets on Wednesday. The winner of that game advances to the National League Division Series to face the best team in baseball–the Chicago Cubs.
And the fact that it’s an even year bodes very well for the Giants, as they are in a position to go after their fourth World Championship in seven years.
The path to the playoffs wasn’t pretty, but all that matters is that they’re in. And their pitching staff lines up perfectly to make another deep run.
The Giants are set to take on the defending National League champions, and the pitching matchup alone is already projected to be an instant classic.
The Mets are throwing out Noah Syndergaard, one of the game’s top young stars who has a nasty 100-mile-an-hour fastball.
And the Giants are starting the best person suited for win-or-go-home games–Madison Bumgarner.
In a sport with so much unpredictability, there is one certainty, Bumgarner thrives in October.
The last time he pitched in the playoffs, it ended with him hurling 21 innings with a single earned run and World Series MVP honors.
And it’s as if Citi Field is his other home stadium, as he’s 4-0 in Mets territory with a 0.62 ERA.
“It’s gonna be a fun matchup, and that’s the type of game you prepare for in the offseason, all season, to get this opportunity to play in a game like this,” catcher Buster Posey said.
“You’re gonna face great pitching, and that’s been the case in our times in the postseason,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “You gotta find a way to beat ’em, and so we’re a team that has a way of finding ways to score runs off of good pitching, you have to do it.”
And there is no clearer example of good pitching than Syndergaard, also known as Thor.
The 6 foot 6-inch ace has a lethal arsenal. And the last time he faced the Giants, he threw eight scoreless innings, giving up only two hits.
“He’s got really good stuff obviously,” first baseman Brandon Belt said. “Throws hard, has a great slider. He’s just one of those guys that if he’s on, he’s really really tough to beat. But knowing this team, we know how to scratch across a few runs, and I think that’s what we’re looking to do.”
“The guys in here know how to get it done,” pitcher Jake Peavy said. “It’s just a matter of playing our best baseball and having some breaks go our way and see if we can do it again.”
And this group knows all the twists and turns on the road to a title.
Another storyline to keep an eye on is Mike Winters is the assigned home plate umpire.
Last September, he ejected Bruce Bochy in consecutive games.
First pitch is set for 5 p.m. on Wednesday.
In the 2014 Wild Card Game, Bumgarner pitched a complete-game shutout in Pittsburg against the Pirates. Giants won 8-0, and eventually went on to win the World Series.