Alcides Escobar

Country hardball in the big city: Bumgarner vs Syndergaard

Bright lights, big city, ol' country hardball.

Madison Bumgarner against Noah Syndergaard with the season on the line. A pair of towering tough guys you probably don't want to mess with.

Playoff pitching matchups don't get much better.

Toting his outstanding October resume to the mound, Bumgarner will start for the San Francisco Giants against Syndergaard and the New York Mets in the NL wild-card game Wednesday night.

The winner moves on to face the major league-best Chicago Cubs (103-58) in a best-of-five Division Series. The loser heads home for the winter.

"It's going to be an exciting game," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday, when...