Roger Schlueter

Stats of the Day: Wild times in a Mad world

Stats of the Day: Wild times in a Mad world

Here are three interesting items from the National League Wild Card Game …

• In New York, the Giants received the expected (nine scoreless frames from Madison Bumgarner) and the surprising (a three-run homer in the ninth against Jeurys Familia) and defeated the Mets, 3-0, to advance to the NL Division Series against the Cubs on Friday at 9 p.m. ET on FS1. Bumgarner surrendered four hits and two walks, fanned six and came away with his third career shutout (and second in an NL Wild Card Game).

Date Matchup Highlights
Oct. 5 SF 3, NYM 0 video

Bumgarner's career postseason line: 15 games (13 starts), a 1.94 ERA, an 8-3 record, one save and a 0.863 WHIP. Among all pitchers with at least 80 innings pitched (there are 44), Bumgarner ranks fifth in ERA and owns the third-lowest WHIP. In ERA, he trails Mariano Rivera (0.70), Christy Mathewson (0.97), Waite Hoyt (1.83) and Bob Gibson (1.89); in WHIP, he trails Rivera (0.759) and Mathewson (0.836).

• With 10 strikeouts to accompany his seven scoreless frames, Mets starter Noah Syndergaard became the sixth pitcher in postseason history to fan at least 10 while allowing no runs in a winner-take-all contest. At 24 years and 37 days old, he is the youngest to do it -- younger than Sandy Koufax (1965 World Series), Justin Verlander (2012 and '13 American League Division Series), Bumgarner ('14 NL Wild Card Game) and Jake Arrieta ('15 NL Wild Card Game).

Statcast: Thor's 10th strikeout

• In postseason history, there have been 2,518 home runs, with 265 of them coming in the ninth inning or later. Ninty-one of those 265 broke a tie, and six of those 91 broke a scoreless tie. Of the six, Conor Gillaspie's in Wednesday's NL Wild Card Game was the first to come in a winner-take-all contest.

Statcast: Going, going Conor!

Roger Schlueter is a statistical researcher and writes for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.