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Giants @ Mets, 6/4

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Bumgarner (3-5, 3.59 FIP) vs. Syndergaard (3-4, 3.62 FIP)

Tampa Bay Rays v New York Mets Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

It’s the rematch of the 2016 Wild Card Game! You remember that one, right?

It was the last purest form of that Giants run, from Bumgarner’s almost casual dominance right on down to the farm system castoff coming back to lead the charge (Connor Gillaspie). Alas, the Cubs were baseball’s destiny, and there’s nothing that couldv’e been done to stop them — Jake Arrieta shattered Bumgarner’s invincibility and it was all over.

So, there’s not much point in revisiting that game, but given that neither team looks good in the present, we’ll be seeing a lot of these highlights on tonight’s telecast.

The Mets had a weird May. They opened up by losing five of six, then won four of five, then lost five in a row, then four in a row, and then 4-4 to end the month. They’re winless in June after losing two of three to the Diamondbacks in Arizona, but tonight, they get back their star utility guy, Jeff McNeil.

2B — Jeff McNeil
1B — Pete Alonso
RF — Michael Conforto
LF — J.D. Davis
C — Wilson Ramos
3B — Todd Frazier
SS — Amed Rosario
CF — Carlos Gomez
SP — Noah Syndergaard

McNeil was the guy the Mets seemed to want to consign to the bench, but injuries have thrust him back to being more or less a starter, a role he seems comfortable with. He’s following up .329/.381/.471 in 248 PA last season with .333/.418/.461 this season (189 PA).

Meanwhile, Buster Posey remains out of the lineup, and we’re now at the point where if this drags on another day we have to wonder about a trip to the IL for the veteran squatter.

2B — Joe Panik
LF — Mike Yastrzemski
3B — Evan Longoria
1B — Brandon Belt
C — Stephen Vogt
RF — Kevin Pillar
SS — Brandon Crawford
CF — Steven Duggar
SP — Madison Bumgarner

UPDATE:

Quite the dereliction of duty on my part. A win tonight and Bruce Bochy will secure his 1,000th victory as the Giants manager. His SF record (postseason excluded) currently stands at 999-1,003 and his managerial record overal is 1,950-1,9178.