Francesa: Bumgarner’s Performance Vs. Mets Was ‘Magic’

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Sometimes you just can’t beat greatness.

WFAN’s Mike Francesa opened his show Thursday by discussing Madison Bumgarner’s dominating pitching performance that helped the Giants defeat the Mets in Wednesday night’s National League wild-card game.

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“If you’re the Mets, there’s no solace for that kind of defeat,” Francesa said. “If you’re a Met fan, there’s nothing that you can do today to be consoled for that quick exit except for understanding that sometimes in the postseason you just run into a great pitcher, and last night the Mets ran into a guy who was a great pitcher.

“I kept mentioning for weeks that this is not the matchup you wanted. The Mets were going to be vulnerable to a top left-handed pitcher.”

One of the best pitchers in postseason history, Bumgarner tossed a four-hitter in the 3-0 victory at Citi Field. Francesa called the performance “magic.”

“I don’t think he broke 93 (mph) last night,” Francesa said. “He had the Mets off-stride all night with 73-, 74-, 75-mile-an-hour breaking balls — up, down, in, out, up, down.”

Bumgarner outdueled Noah Syndergaard, who pitched seven innings of scoreless, two-hit ball.

“Syndergaard was great,” Francesa said. “He shows great promise. He had great stuff.”

Francesa also applauded the home fans, saying it was the “best crowd I ever heard at Citi Field.”

“It was the most receptive crowd from the start of a game that I can remember at Citi Field,” Francesa said. “So they were really into it, even more so than last year, I thought.”

To listen to the full segment, click on the audio player above.


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