Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

5 Keys to Victory

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

5 Keys to Victory

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Dominant ace

Noah Syndergaard can be as good as there is in the majors, and the Mets could use a repeat of his outing against the Giants on Aug. 21, when he fired eight scoreless innings. Syndergaard will need to be at his best to outduel Madison Bumgarner, and he's shown he can dominate.

Battle of bullpens

The Mets have to like their chances if the game becomes a battle of the bullpens. San Francisco's relievers were prone to surrendering leads in September, and it contributed to the team's skid. New York has two of the best relievers in the game in Jeurys Familia and Addison Reed.

Righties deliver

Bumgarner is expected to neutralize the lefties in the lineup, which puts the onus on the righties to produce against the ace. Jose Reyes, Asdrubal Cabrera and Yoenis Cespedes need to lead the charge - Reyes and Cabrera are switch-hitters - and T. …

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