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Madison Bumgarner and Noah Syndergaard will face off in the NL Wild Card game


Noah Syndergaard will try to pitch the Mets into the NLDS in Wednesday’s Wild Card game against the Giants. He’ll oppose Madison Bumgarner, as’s Anthony DiComo reports, in what should be a highly entertaining matchup.

Bumgarner, of course, is revered as much for his hitting as his pitching. The four-time All-Star finished the 2016 season with three home runs and has hit 12 since the start of the 2014 season, easily the most in baseball among pitchers in that span of time. The 27-year-old lefty also found himself in the running for the NL Cy Young Award, compiling a 15-9 record with a 2.74 ERA and a 251/54 K/BB ratio in 226 2/3 innings. The venerated lefty has an outstanding postseason track record as well, owning a 2.14 ERA across 12 starts and two relief appearances.

Syndergaard, 24, will bring his trademark golden locks and his 100 MPH fastball to Wednesday’s meeting. No one threw a fastball harder on average than Syndergaard, as he averaged 98 MPH. Yordano Ventura, in second place, registered at 96.1 MPH. Syndergaard finished 14-9 with a 2.60 ERA and a 218/43 K/BB ratio in 183 2/3 innings, helping buoy the Mets’ otherwise tattered starting rotation, as the club lost Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, Matt Harvey, and Zack Wheeler throughout the year.

The NL Wild Card game starts at 8:00 PM on Wednesday and will be broadcast on ESPN.

Blake Snell becomes client of Boras Corporation

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Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.

Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”

Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.

Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.