Last night at the ballpark in Arlington, the Texas Rangers and Colby Lewis showed that they were meant to be a part of the 2010 World Series. Colby Lewis showed exactly why he is a starting pitcher while Neftali Feliz posted yet another save this year (making him the second-youngest to post a save in the World Series) and Lewis continued his postseason success with a 4-2 win for the Rangers over the San Francisco Giants.
Tonight is Game 4. The Rangers are handing the ball over to Tommy Hunter. Hunter hasn’t had quite the success in the postseason that he had in the regular season. Hunter had an earned run average of .373. Looking at the postseason, his longest start was only four innings – in his two postseason starts, he allowed a total of five runs over the course of 7 1/3 innings. Not impressive at all.
As for the Giants, they will hand the ball over to Madison Bumgarner. The rookie has a postseason earned run average of 3.55. During his single start in the NLCS, he lasted only 4 2/3 innings but in the clinching Game 6 for the Giants, he was able to throw two scoreless relief innings.
The bullpens for both teams have been impressive. Josh Hamilton showed that he was back last night by hitting a single homerun. Earlier in the game, Mitch Moreland hit a three-run homerun, which put the Rangers on the board. As for the Giants, both Cody Ross and Andres Torres scored single home runs.
The Giants still currently lead the World Series 2-1 but the Rangers are now in their groove and on the board.
Saturday night, the 2010 World Series Game 3 will kick off at Arlington Ballpark. The San Francisco Giants who currently hold a 2-0 lead over the Texas Rangers will look to extend that lead to 3-0 while the Rangers will look to get the deed done at home that they were unable to successfully fulfill at AT&T Park.
The Giants will start with starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez. Sanchez has been incredible and then below par throughout the postseason this year. He allowed just two hits, which turned into only a single run, when playing against the Atlanta Braves during the ALDS over 7 1/3 innings. Then during his start during the ALCS Game 6 against the Philadelphia Phillies, he only lasted a total of two innings. So, we’ll see which game he’ll represent tonight against the Rangers.
The Rangers will counter with Colby Lewis. Lewis has been very impressive this postseason and currently has a 1.45 ERA over the course of three starts. He had the most impressive game during the ALCS clincher when he only allowed a single run for the New York Yankees over eight innings. The thing with Lewis is that this postseason he has walked a total of 11 batters.
The Rangers will be in their home setting, which I think is going to play a major role on how well they play. The batters are going to feel more comfortable at their own ballpark, which is batter-friendly (since AT&T Park is not) and Lewis is going to feel much more comfortable pitching at home. However, the Giants have been impressive so far this postseason but if Sanchez pitches like he did in his last start then he better hope that his bullpen can pull through again.
While I obviously favor the Rangers and probably shouldn’t, I really do think they are going to pull through in tonight’s game. They aren’t going to go down so easily and I think they are finally realizing this isn’t going to be as easy as they once thought.
The Giants and Tim Lincecum sure showed that they had what it takes to win a World Series last night. It’s only the first game, but still. As for Cliff Lee, I do believe that his eight days of rest was a little too much. He just wasn’t as promising as he had been previously in the postseason. Final score for Game 1 was 11-7 in favor of the Giants.
Tonight is Game 2 – still in San Francisco. The Giants will look to Matt Cain. This right-handed pitcher hasn’t allowed a single run over 13 2/3 innings during the postseason, which includes seven scoreless innings with two hits in Game 3 of the NLCS, which was the last time he had pitched – almost 10 days ago.
The Rangers will counter with C.J. Wilson, who had a promising Game 1 in the ALCS then Game 5 just wasn’t the best he had pitched – giving up five runs over five innings. In the ALDS against the Rays, he was able to throw 6 1/3 innings allowing no scores. For the postseason, he is 1-1 with an earned run average of 3.93.
As for the batting, if you watched game 1, you’ll know that the Giants obviously have a strong bullpen. However, the Rangers do as well but they just weren’t with it last night. Maybe making it to the World Series was still a dream rather than a reality – if that’s the case, they had better wake up!
My pick: I think that the Giants are probably going to secure the win tonight (but most expected the Rangers to win last night and that didn’t happen). The Rangers just simply don’t do well at AT&T Park. Unless they get their shit together to even things out, they aren’t going to win tonight and will hand over a Game 2 win to the Giants to give them a 2-1 lead.
Tonight is Game 1 of the 2010 World Series, or also known as the Fall Classic. Game 1 kicks off at 7:57 p.m. ET at the San Francisco Giants home stadium, AT&T Park, with the visiting Texas Rangers. Both teams declared their LCS victory in Game 6 when the Giants won over the Philadelphia Phillies and the Rangers were able to destroy the New York Yankees.
The Rangers will obviously hand over the ball to ace starting pitcher Cliff Lee, who was ready to start Game 7 in the ALCS had it been necessary. Since it was not, he is fully rested, ready and pumped to begin tonight’s game against the Giants. For the postseason, Lee is 3-0 with a 0.75 earned run average.
The Giants, on the other hand, weren’t so sure about their starting pitcher for the night but have decided that it will be their ace pitcher, Tim Lincecum, a two-time winner of the NL Cy Young award. Lincecum is 2-1 for the postseason with an earned run average of 1.93. The Rangers are new to Lincecum as he has never pitched to them before so it’s going to be a surprise on how well he can do on both ends – his own and the Rangers batters.
The pitching match-up is going to be intense tonight and both guys are going to not only have to give it their best game but rely heavily on their bullpen to take charge as well. Speaking of batters, I wonder if the Giants are going to decide to intentionally walk Josh Hamilton, who was the LCS MVP, like the Yankees ended up doing in the ALCS?
Out of 11 games in the postseason, the Rangers have made 107 total hits with 17 home runs and have 55 RBI’s. Their batting average as a team is .281 and have stolen 15 games with only 2 caught stealing. Looking at the Giants in the postseason of 10 games, they have 77 total hits with 6 home runs and 27 RBI’s. They have 3 stolen bases, 4 caught stealing and a batting average of .231. Who do you think has the better bullpen looking at just those stats?
Now, the Giants definitely have a strong and solid pitching staff but the Rangers have Cliff Lee as well as strong lineup in the bullpen and offense. My personal opinion is that the Rangers are going to take it home in the World Series.