Now that the San Francisco Giants have completed their series with the Philadelphia Phillies, MLB fans can now begin to focus on the 2010 World Series where the Giants will take on the Texas Rangers. The Giants won the National League title on Saturday to take the series 4-2. Texas also won their series with the New York Yankees 4-2 after knocking the Yankees out on Friday night. Now on Wednesday, the battle will begin in the best-of-seven series for supremacy in Major League Baseball.
This series is kind of interesting in a couple of ways. First off, both teams eliminated the 2009 World Series teams in their league championship games to advance. Another reason, it really doesn’t have the “sexy” appeal of teams that are competing. Never the less, it should turn out to be a great series.
Texas has now finally made it to the World Series for the first time in their 50-year history, They boasted a 90-72 regular season record which was the lowest among all the playoff teams. With that being said though, they found a way to make it the championship series.
The Rangers have been explosive offensively this postseason. They have hit 12 homeruns and stolen 16 bases. Scoring runs has come fairly easy also. This can be backed up by Texas beating the Yankees 4 times by five runs. The Rangers have 4 hitters who are hitting over .300 this postseason and are led by Nelson Cruz who is hitting .375 with 5 homers. As far as their defensive production, it all starts with their pitching. Cliff Lee is their stud and he is 3-0 this postseason with an ERA of 0.75. In eight postseason starts, he is 8-0 with a 1.26 ERA. Their team ERA for the postseason is 2.76.
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The Giants will be making their 4th World Series appearance with the most recent in 2002. They will have home field advantage during the series which could help. The question is how did they get to the World Series? They are not the best defensive squad, only have one player hitting over .300 during the playoffs and do not steal bases. But they are a gritty team that is backed by pitching also. They will send their ace Tim Lincecum to the mound in Game 1. In the postseason, Lincecum is 2-1 with 1.93 ERA and has 30 strikeouts. The Giants probably have the better bullpen as well.
Despite having the home field advantage, the Giants will enter Game 1 of the World Series as the underdog according to MLB sportsbooks. Their moneyline is set at +105 while the Rangers is at -125.