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Playoff Gameday Thread, #2: NL Wild-card

The National League has got a lot to live up to, after the insane drama which was last night's American League wild-card game...

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Madison Bumgarner
LHP, 0-0, N/A
Edinson Volquez
RHP, 0-0, N/A
Gregor Blanco - CF Josh Harrison - 3B
Joe Panik - 2B Jordy Mercer - SS
Buster Posey - C Andrew McCutchen - CF
Pablo Sandoval - 3B Russell Martin - C
Hunter Pence - RF Starling Marte - LF
Brandon Belt - 1B Neil Walker - 2B
Brandon Crawford - SS Gaby Sanchez - 1B
Travis Ishikawa - LF Travis Snider - RF
Madison Bumgarner - LHP Edinson Volquez - RHP

After last night, where I didn't really mind either team winning, we switch back to the National League, where I don't want either to win. The Giants were useful only in stopping the Dodgers from winning the division, and their failure to complete that task means -if I can engage in unfair, sweeping generalizations for a moment - they can resume being a bunch of smug jackasses who name players "Kung Fu Panda", "Baby Giraffe", etc. and think Barry Bonds is some kind of hero. Mind you, that still makes them a million times better than certain Pirates fans, who apparently consider the hitting of Andrew McCutchen by Randall Delgado the greatest atrocity in the history of mankind.

The sooner the playoffs are cleansed of both, the better, but I'm pretty optimistic that, whoever wins, they won't survive the wood-chipper which is the Washington Nationals in the Division Series. On balance, I'd probably have to root for the Giants, since they haven't done as much actively to irritate me this year. But I get the feeling I will be spending the evening watching other stuff rather than a game which is the baseball version of Alien vs. Predator. Hey, did you see Sons of Anarchy last night? Damn, things are getting real ugly, real quickly... About the only plus is that one of these fanbases will be unhappy by the end of the evening. I guess that's something.