The Giants - who are trying to continue the pattern of winning the World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014 - advanced to an NL Division Series against the Chicago Cubs starting Friday while the Mets, last year's NL victor, were eliminated.
Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants celebrates their 3-0 win over the New York Mets during their National League Wild Card game at Citi Field in New York City Wednesday.
Bumgarner outdueled Noah Syndergaard, who pitched seven innings of scoreless, two-hit ball.
San Francisco Giants' Conor Gillaspie connects for a three-run home run against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning of the National League wild-card baseball game, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, in NY.
Mets center fielder Curtis Granderson saved a run in the top of the sixth inning with a spectacular catch against the wall.
As Dunston looked across the diamond, he marveled at the difference between his 1989 team and this season's Cubs, which won 103 games heading into Friday's Game 1 of the NLDS against the Giants.
And the Giants needed every bit of that performance with Noah Syndergaard taking the mound for NY.
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"I don't think he broke 93 (mph) last night", Francesa said. Both the Giants and the Mets had the former, but only the Giants had the latter, and that's why they're headed to Chicago for what should be a fascinating series against the Cubs.
Rivera was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas numerous times this season and he went back-and-forth from Las Vegas to Citi Field. They can't possibly have the same bad luck with injuries (somebody knock on wood), because given to the number of talented pitchers the Mets lost this season, it is something of a miracle that they even had a shot in this one-game playoff crapshoot. Conor Gillaspie singled to open up the frame and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Bumgarner, his first of the year. Their regular catcher was benched after driving in one run in the season's final month.
"There are not a lot of teams that have good success against him", said Mets manager Terry Collins. Familia can set a new franchise record for saves again next season, but all that will matter for him is how he performs the next time he gets handed the ball in a postseason game.
Syndergaard did well for seven innings for the Mets, but Familia floundered in ninth.
ESPN's coverage of the 2016 MLB Postseason continues with every game on ESPN Radio, plus Baseball Tonight and SportsCenter coverage through the World Series. Then he threw 119 pitches and gave up only four hits in lowering his career postseason ERA on the road to 0.50.
"Man, I was so excited to get a run across the plate - I knew all we needed was one the way Bum was pitching", Kelly said.
Some numbers for Bumgarner in his last nine playoff appearances, dating back to the 2012 World Series: 68 and 2/3 IP, six earned runs, 34 hits, 10 walks, 59 strikeouts.