National League Wild Card playoff preview and odds: Giants at Mets

San Francisco Giants at New York Mets (A: -110, H: -110, Total: 6)

Madison Bumgarner has etched his name into history as a big-game pitcher and gets another opportunity to prove it when the San Francisco Giants visit the New York Mets in the National League wild-card game Wednesday. The left-hander is 7-3 with a 2.14 ERA in 14 postseason appearances (12 starts) and was MVP of the 2014 World Series.

Bumgarner has also excelled against the Mets in his career, going 5-0 with a 1.80 ERA and .189 batting average against in six career starts. New York right-hander Noah Syndergaard opposes Bumgarner and represented himself fine in his first postseason last year when he went 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA and struck out 26 in 19 innings. The two aces squared off against one another May 1 with Bumgarner pitching six shutout innings in San Francisco’s 6-1 victory while Syndergaard gave up four runs in 5 2/3 innings. The Mets were a MLB-best 27-13 over the final quarter of the season and look to reach the World Series for the second straight season, while the Giants were 30-42 after the All-Star Game and hope to stage a turnaround as they pursue their fourth straight World Series title in even-numbered years (2010, 2012, 2014).

TV: 8:09 p.m. ET, ESPN

INJURY REPORT:

Giants – SS E. Nunez (Ques Wed, hamstring), RF M. Williamson (60-Day DL, quadricep), RP R. Black (60-Day DL, elbow), RP C. Heston (60-Day DL, oblique).

Mets – SP S. Matz (Out For Season, elbow), SS W. Flores (Out For Season, wrist), SP J deGrom (Out For Season, forearm), 2B N. Walker (Out For Season, back), RP J. Niese (60-Day DL, knee), SP Z. Wheeler (Out For Season, elbow), RF J. Ruggiano (Out For Season, shoulder), SP M. Harvey (Out For Season, shoulder), 3B D. Wright (Out For Season, neck).

WEATHER REPORT: The forecast is calling for clear skies and temperatures in the low 70’s at game-time in Queens. Winds will be light, humidity will be low and there is less than a 1% chance of rain.

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PITCHING MATCHUP: Giants LH Madison Bumgarner (15-9, 2.74 ERA) vs. Mets RH Noah Syndergaard (14-9, 2.60)

Bumgarner won at least 15 games for the fourth time in his career and posted his fourth consecutive sub-3.00 ERA. He wasn’t always sharp down the stretch as he gave up four or more runs in four of his last nine starts and is well aware he’s need to be in for form in the wild-card game. “It is a winner-take-all game. It’s not a series, so that’s really all there is to know about it,” Bumgarner said at Tuesday’s press conference. “You’ve got to get up there and you’ve got to have your stuff that day. You’ve got to have your command. You’ve got to be on. And that’s it.”

Syndergaard finished third in the NL in ERA (Bumgarner was fourth) and strikeouts (218) while putting together one of the top all-around seasons in the league. He has a 1-2 record with a 3.66 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in three career starts against the Giants and said he isn’t concerned about facing Bumgarner. “That’s really outside of my control,” Syndergaard said during Tuesday’s press conference. “I can’t control who I’m facing out there. That’s not going to take away from my game or how I’m going to approach their hitters.”

TRENDS:

* Giants are 4-0 in their last 4 overall.
* Giants are 1-4 in Bumgarner’s last 5 road starts vs. a team with a winning record.
* Mets are 8-0 in their last 8 after scoring 2 runs or less in their previous game.
* Mets are 4-1 in Syndergaard’s last 5 starts with 7 or more days of rest.
* Over is 6-1 in Giants’ last 7 games vs. a right-handed starter.
* Over is 7-1 in Mets’ last 8 games vs. a left-handed starter.
* Under is 7-0 in Syndergaard’s last 7 starts vs. a team with a winning record.
* Over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
* Giants are 4-0 in Bumgarner’s last 4 starts vs. Mets.

COVERS CONSENSUS: The public is heavily on Madison Bumgarner and the Giants with 57 percent of the Covers wagers on the road team. Over 6 is picking up 57 percent of the total plays. View full consensus data here.

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