Giants vs Mets, wild card roster set


(KRON) San Francisco infielder Eduardo Nunez was left off the roster for Tuesday night’s NL wild-card game against the New York Mets, and the Giants opted to go with 11 pitchers.

Madison Bumgarner starts for the Giants, and manager Bruce Bochy has 10 bullpen options: right-handers Santiago Casilla, Johnny Cueto, George Kontos, Derek Law, Sergio Romo, Jeff Samardzija and Hunter Strickland, and left-handers Javier Lopez, Steven Okert and Will Smith.

Cueto and Samardzija are usually starters.

Pitchers Matt Cain and Jake Peavy weren’t included on the 25-man roster.

Nunez hasn’t played since Sept. 25 because of a strained right hamstring.

New York went with an eight-man bullpen behind starter Noah Syndergaard: right-handers Bartolo Colon, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Addison Reed, Hansel Robles and Fernando Salas, and left-handers Jerry Blevins and Josh Edgin. Colon, a starter, excelled in a bullpen role during the 2015 postseason.

First baseman Lucas Duda, sidelined from May 20 to Sept. 18 by a stress fracture in his lower back, was left off the roster, as was left-hander Josh Smoker.

 The task for Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is fairly straightforward heading into the NL wild-card game: Don’t get beat by right-handed slugger Yoenis Cespedes. After Cespedes and switch-hitter Asdrubal Cabrera, the rest of New York’s power threats — Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda, Jay Bruce and Michael Conforto — are left-handed hitters, and Bumgarner has limited lefties to a puny .294 slugging percentage this season.

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