MLB playoffs 2016: Bruce Bochy says Giants ready for postseason despite near collapse


Although the SanFrancisco Giants reached the postseason, theyhadone of the worst second halvesin baseball. Despitea franchise-worst32 blown saves and a record after the All-Star break worsethan the dismal Rays, Braves and Reds, the Giants believethe tough times can lead toa fourth consecutive World Series title in even-numbered years.”What I like about what happened going through all the tough times, the adversity,” managerBruce Bochy told reporters Tuesday. “They say adversity can build character, well, it did in that group, because we had to win at the end.”The Giants did start to gethot at the right time as the club finished the regular season with four straight wins, outscoring their opponents 26-6, includinga 3-0 win over Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers.MORE: Each team’s worst postseason memory”They really came together at the right time against a very good ballclub,”Bochy said. “Two good clubs in that last homestand. We had to win five out of six to get to this point. These guys never stopped. They kept fighting.”And despite what happened, that’s over now. It’s a new slate. It’s a new season, really. So that’s behind us.”Bochy will send ace Madison Bumgarner to the hill Wednesday looking to emulatea postseason route taken in 2014 which ended with a World Series title.That year, Bumgarnerthrew a complete-game shutout with 10 strikeouts against the Pittsburgh Pirates to send San Francisco to the Division Series and ultimately a World Series title over the Kansas City Royals.MORE:MadBum ready for OctoberWhile Bumgarner is4-0 with a 0.62 ERA in 29 career innings Adeiny Hechavarria Jersey at Citi Field,Bochy is just as concerned about Mets starterNoah Syndergaard, who has heldcurrent Giants hitters to a .176/.250/.235 slash line over his career.”He’s one of the best young pitchers in the game. You look at his stuff, he’s just grown as a pitcher, his command, everything,”Bochy said. “His secondary pitches, you saw what he did in the postseason last year.”This is a great matchup. It really is. And I look forward to it. It’s going to be an exciting game. They’ve got their guy going. Bum’s going. I mean, this is the fun thing about postseason is you’re going to get great matchups like this.”