Breaking Down The 2016 NL Wild Card Game

By Chandler Guadagnin

With the Giants 7-1 victory over the Dodgers on Sunday Afternoon, they clinched the second spot in the NL Wild Card race and will travel to New York  to battle the Mets for the right to take on the Cubs in the NLDS.

The game will feature two of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball, Madison Bumgarner will face up against Noah Syndergaard in a one game playoff under the lights of Queens, New York.

In 2016, Madison Bumgarner posted a 15-9 record with a 2.74 ERA and 251 strikeouts in 226.2 innings pitched and 34 games. The Mets’ Noah Syndergaard recorded a 14-9 mark with a 2.60 ERA and 218 strikeouts in 183.2 innings pitched and 31 games.

As baseball has continually shown, the postseason is an entirely other monster. Statistically, Madison Bumgarner may have the edge because they have already experienced a Wild Card Game on the road.  Take a look at how these two aces’ records matchup against each other:

bumgarner-chart

syndergaard-chart

Despite how much the game is broken down and analyzed, one can never know how the game will truly turn out.

You can catch all of the NL Wild Card Game on ESPN at 5:00 PM PT or, listen via KNBR 680.

Statistics courtesy of www.baseball-reference.com

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