Jay Bruce

LEADING OFF: Bumgarner vs lefty-heavy Mets in NL wild card

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The task for Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is fairly straightforward heading into the NL wild-card game: Don't get beat by right-handed slugger Yoenis Cespedes. After Cespedes and switch-hitter Asdrubal Cabrera, the rest of New York's power threats — Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda, Jay Bruce and Michael Conforto — are left-handed hitters, and Bumgarner has limited lefties to a puny .294 slugging percentage this season.

The Mets will have a left-handed hitter with some thump in the nine-spot, too. Ace Noah Syndergaard tied Bumgarner for the major league lead among...