Texas Rangers ace starting pitcher Cliff Lee will look to seek redemption in Game 5 on Monday from his less than superb performance in Game 1 of the 2010 World Series against the San Francisco Giants and their ace starting pitcher Tim Lincecum.
Cliff Lee had an amazing regular season and it only goes to show that he is in fact human, as the rest of us, and can make mistakes, just like the rest of us. Honestly, though, this isn’t the first time the pitcher has ever struggled in his MLB career – but it is in the first time in such an important playoff game. His history holds that in his eight postseason appearances, he is 7-0 with an earned run average of 1.26.
The good thing is that Lee will have his chance to seek redemption Monday night at Arlington Ballpark. Lee knows that he can’t always be perfect – sometimes the best don’t perform the best and at the same time, the worst players may not perform the worst. Good players can play badly just as bad players can play well.
In Game 1, Lee allowed a total of seven runs, six of those being earned runs, on a total of eight hits over the course of 4 2/3 innings against San Francisco on the Giants’ home turf. Now, Lee is on his home turf and hopes that he can gain his regular momentum back and push the Rangers closer to the World Series win despite the fact that the Giants currently lead the series 3-1.
Lee is comfortable heading into Monday’s Game 5 appearance as are the rest of the Rangers with Lee as their starting pitcher. With Lee on the mound Monday night, on his OWN mound for that matter, he will likely be back in his game.
Now, this will be Lee’s final start of the 2010 MLB season. In addition, it may actually be his last start as part of the Texas Rangers since he’ll become a free agent at the end of this season. However, for all you Cliff Lee and Texas Rangers fans, he has shown impeccable and fond interest in the Rangers and I’m not really sure if he’ll go anywhere else.