Nats had NL's top record, Giants know postseason

Oct 2, 2014 8:00 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - The San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals both missed the postseason last year. That's pretty much where the similarities end heading into Friday's NL Division Series opener.

Bruce Bochy has managed the Giants to two of the past four World Series championships. Nationals skipper Matt Williams is about to lead a team in the playoffs for the first time.

The Giants have won eight consecutive postseason games, including an 8-0 wild-card victory at Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.

'The NL East champion Nationals, most of whom have never won a playoff series, spent Wednesday at their home ballpark, playing an intrasquad scrimmage between groups they dubbed "The Face-Eaters" and "Team Alpha." They even piped in fake crowd noise.

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