Strat-O-Matic 2016 NL Wild Card Simulation

We threw in our hat with our own prediction of this year’s AL Wild Card game.
Hey, looks like even we can’t predict Buck Showalter keeping Zach Britton out of the game!
Let’s get back to business. We had another game to predict so without further ado…


The matchup of Noah Syndergaard and Madison Bumgarner was as tightly contested and bitterly fought as expected. Citi Field played host to this year’s NL Wild Card Game, but it was the visitors from the west coast that got on the board first. In the top of the 4th inning, Brandon Crawford slugged a one-out triple and a wild pitch to Angel Pagan was enough to bring him home, giving San Francisco the 1-0 lead. New York had a chance to respond with the bases loaded, but Yoenis Cespedes flew out to end the threat. New York had to turn to its bullpen in the 6th but Hansel Robles and Jerry Blevins prevented San Francisco from extending its lead. 
The bottom of the 7th ended up being the decisive moment for the home team. After a Granderson strikeout, deadline acquisition Jay Bruce launched a home run to tie the game and break through past Bumgarner, also giving New York its first hit since James Loney’s single in the bottom of the 3rd. Loney was the decisive factor as he doubled in Tj Rivera from first base two batters after Bruce’s dinger. These would be the only three hits that New York would need as Addison Reed allowed just one hit- a single to Buster Posey- and Jeuyrs Familia shut the door. in the 9th. New York moves on to a rematch with Chicago after sweeping them in last year’s NLCS. 

Final Line Score
San Francisco         1  7   0
New York          2  3  0
 W: Blevins
 L: Bumgarner
 S: Familia
 Syndergaard- 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
 Bumgarner- 8 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K