After beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0 in the National League Wild Card game on Wednesday night, the San Francisco Giants are set to take on the NL East champions, the Washington Nationals, in the NLDS round of the 2014 MLB postseason.
The Giants were in a tight playoff race at the end of the season. They contended with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the NL West title, but they ultimately fell short. They then battled the Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers for the two Wild Card spots.
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The Giants’ playoff experience and mentality drove them to a key victory against the Pirates on Wednesday, and the Pirates simply couldn’t compete with the Giants’ calm, focused demeanor. Madison Bumgarner completely shut down the Pirates’ offense, and Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt ignited the Giants’ offense.
The Giants have had a tougher road to the playoffs than the Nationals have, but they are riding a high level of confidence and momentum right now.
The Nationals finished the 2014 regular season with one of the best records in all of MLB. They finished with a 96-66 record, which sealed their NL East title. They also finished the season with an impressive 51-30 home record, and a +131 run differential (third in MLB).
The Nationals have talent up and down their roster, and they’re a very tight-knit and confident group. This will certainly be a tough series for the Giants, but the Giants could certainly prevail given their experience.
Here’s the schedule for this Giants vs. Nationals series:
Game 1: Friday, Oct. 3rd at 12:07 p.m. PT in Washington
Game 2: Saturday, Oct. 4th at 2:37 p.m. in Washington
Game 3: Monday, Oct. 6th TBD in San Francisco
Game 4*: Tuesday, Oct. 7th TBD in San Francisco
Game 5*: Thursday, Oct. 9th TBD in Washington
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