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Snydergaard vs. Bumgarner? Royals fans hope for a power outage

Tuesday’s American League Wild Card Game featured two teams that Royals fans generally don’t like much: the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles.

Well, the starting pitchers for Wednesday’s National League Wild Card Game are two pitchers are not exactly beloved by fans either. San Francisco’s Madison Bumgarner basically won the 2014 World Series for the Giants, while Noah Syndergaard’s first pitch in Game 3 of the 2015 World Series buzzed near the head of Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar.

So I posed this question to fans:

Woof. That’s not an easy call, and the results reflect that. There was a slight edge for the Giants, who grabbed 54.5 percent of the vote from Royals fans.

Many fans hoped for ... the worst.

That’s not very nice, but the game’s in New York, so not likely.

OK, a 29-hour rain delay doesn’t seem likely.

Others thought this was just a tough, tough decision to have to make. Sort of like, well, let them say it.

Some fans have clearly not forgiven Syndergaard for his pitch to Escobar during last year’s World Series.

There were quite a few people who had a strong opinion one way or another, and these two tweets show that it really wasn’t an “easy” decision:

This response might be the best suggestion for Royals fans. A certain show is now streaming on Netflix, and it provides another option:

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff