PHILADELPHIA — As the Mets packed quickly in the visitors’ clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park after Sunday’s meaningless 5-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, the televisions were off. The Mets already knew that the San Francisco Giants had a large lead on the Los Angeles Dodgers in their season finale and were poised to claim the remaining National League wild-card spot. They had to suspect what was coming.
Nearly 20 minutes later, the Giants’ victory became official, setting the stage for Wednesday’s win-or-go home National League wild-card game at Citi Field, where the Mets will have to face the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner, who has become one of the great postseason pitchers.
Matched up against him will be the Mets’ own intimidator, Noah Syndergaard, who stands 6 feet 6 inches, throws 100 miles per hour and is as fearless as Bumgarner is, although his major league résumé is a lot shorter.
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