Howdy, folks. First things first, today is my birthday. Do you know what the number one song in America was the day I was born? It was “My Sharona” by the Knack. At least it’s a good song that was number one and not some terrible, forgettable novelty tune.
Speaking of good things, we have a very good pitching matchup in tonight’s play-in game. The San Francisco Giants will face off against the New York Mets at Citi Field to see who has the honor of going forward in the playoffs. Our starters this evening will be Madison Bumgarner and Noah Syndergaard.
MadBum vs Thor. Oh boy, what a duel.
On paper, people will think that MadBum has the edge, but if my stats are right (and they might not be, I will defer to our stats guys here like Lefty and Badhair) MadBum might not be the pitcher we think he is going to be. I know his general October performances are stellar, but not on the road. If I remember correctly, he doesn’t have a great road record during the playoffs. Thor, on the other hand, is fantastic at Citi Field. So we have a guy who is usually lights out but not on the road, against a guy who is lights out at home.
Oof. Who the heck do you choose in this?
The Giants backed into the playoffs, this is true. And the Mets flirted with the top spot in the NL East for most of the season before the Nats got hot and grabbed the crown from them.
Giants have been there are done that; they know what it’s like to play in the postseason and have the pedigree. Buster Posey, Matt Cain, MadBum, Hunter Pence, BCraw, Brandon Belt, and the rest know what it takes to power through and get to that next level. Plus, if you’re superstitious, it’s an even year.
The Mets are young, a very good team, and hungry. They were the NL Champs last year and the team isn’t much different than it was when they won that title. Thor, Bartolo, Yoenis, and the Grandyman can make all the right moves. However, they are missing some important pieces that made their team so powerful last year. Their pitching has been robbed of important pieces due to injury, and they are also missing an important role player in Neil Walker.
Much like the game yesterday, these two teams are quite honestly very evenly matched. It will come down to the pitching, and whether or not the heavy hitters on the Mets can slug a few when needed. Also, Hunter Pence will have to drop a ball, but I honestly don’t know if he will. He’s a different guy in October.
Anyway, it’s a coin toss for me. I don’t know who in the world could possibly win. I want the Mets to win, for my own weird reasons. But of course, Go Cubs Go, and all that.
Who ya got?