NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mets fans are gearing up for Wednesday night’s do-or-die game that will decide whether their team advances in the playoffs.
The Mets played some of the best baseball in the National League in the second half of the season, it wasn’t enough to catch the Nats for the division crown, but as CBS2’s Otis Livingston reported, it was good enough to secure the top wildcard spot and host Wednesday night’s game against the Giants at Citi Field in Flushing.
It’s winner moves on to Chicago for the division series, for the loser the season is over — and with just hours to go before the showdown, fans were picking up new shirts and jerseys Wednesday morning at the Mets Clubhouse store in Midtown.
“I’m totally watching the game. It’s gonna be incredible,” fan Jennifer Ramanand said.
“Another year, another chance for the World Series,” fan Ryan McCormick said.
The team is trying to prove it is in fact made for October.
Fan Pete Prione said he’s feeling confident.
“They’re going up against a great pitcher, but as long as the offense gets clicking and Jose (Reyes) gets on base, I think they can get things going,” Prione said.
It will be quite a pitching matchup. Madison Bumgarner will be on the mound for the Giants versus Mets ace Noah Syndergaard.
One of the burning questions that fans had; “who will play first base?” Terry Collins knew on Tuesday, but waited until Wednesday to announce that it would be James Loney.
Nervous Mets fans are just glad to get to the postseason for the second year in a row, especially given the injuries the team has faced this season, CBS2’s Andrea Grymes reported.
“Trust in Terry Collins,” fan Keith Troy said. “Everybody rips on him, but you lose three of your best pitchers all year and you still make the playoffs? C’mon!”
If New York fans are feeling optimistic, they’re not alone.
A few enthusiastic Giants fans were out in New York City as well.
“You’re going down, Mets! We’re gonna win, baby!” Giants fan Justin Lopez said.
But they’re in enemy territory, and the hometown crowd is ready.
“Never underestimate Thor (Syndergaard) and the hammer. That’s what you gotta do,” Troy said.
“They got the drive, they got the ambition, they got the oomph, and they got the New York style,” another fan told WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs.
“We got it, no worries,” another fan told 1010 WINS’ John Montone. “You gotta believe, baby!”
For fans of either team the game was a hot ticket. As CBS2’s Steve Overmyer reported, TicketQ said the average ticket sold on the secondary market is $314, making this the most expensive wilcard game ever. Fans have been paying $162 for standing room only admission.