SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 27: Freddy Sanchez #21 of the San Francisco Giants hits an RBI double in the third inning against the Texas Rangers in Game One of the 2010 MLB World Series at AT&T Park on October 27 2010 in San Francisco California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

MLB World Series 2010: Giants Shutout Rangers In Game 2, Win, 9-0, With Huge Eighth Inning

The Giants and Rangers each look to win the first World Series in their cities respective histories. We'll be here the entire World Series with news, previews, and recaps. For more info on the Giants, check out McCovey Chronicles. For more info about the Rangers, check out Lone Star Ball and SB Nation Dallas.

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MLB World Series 2010: Matt Cain Gets Run Support, Universe Implodes Due To Logical Implausibility

Predict the rest of this World Series. Do it, seriously do it. Predict it, then look up, down, over there, back at me, and find that this recap is now diamonds. I don't even know how to talk about this game. I expected one thing that happened in this game. Only one thing, and that was that Matt Cain would pitch a great baseball game, which he did.

He pitched seven and two-thirds innings, striking out two while walking two, allowing four hits while keeping his unearned runs streak intact, not allowing a single run, earned or unearned. The Giants picked up two runs while Cain was on the mound, something that doesn't really happen, no? Run support for Matt Cain? But the Giants hate that guy, don't they? Either way.

Juan Uribe drove in two for the Giants, including getting the seven-run eighth inning going. Edgar Renteria went 2-for-4 with three RBI and a solo home run.

C.J. Wilson wasn't terrible, but he wasn't sensational either, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks in six-plus innings for Texas, which had won five of its six road playoff games coming into its first Fall Classic. The Rangers were 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

The Giants hold a 2-0 series lead over the Rangers and now will head to Texas to get things going for game three. Jonathan Sanchez versus Colby Lewis is on tap for game three as it stands. Full recap coming soon.


MLB World Series 2010: Giants Lead 2-0 Courtesy Of Uuuuuuribe

The bottom of the seventh saw Cody Ross single and then advance to second on an Aubrey Huff out. Then came Juan Uribe, who hit a great ball right into the center field gap to drive in the Cody Ross run and advance himself to second base. The damage would be limited at that point, but the Giants lead 2-0 going into the eighth inning.

C.J. Wilson's night is done and now Darren Oliver is pitching for the Giants. Be sure to head over to the new game thread at McCovey Chronicles for discussion.


MLB World Series 2010: Giants Lead 1-0 Through Six

The Giants had a scare in the sixth inning but eventually got out of it on strong and deceptive pitching from Matt Cain. Nothing else to note really, they had a scoreless seven. The Rangers have four hits and no runs, while the Giants have one hit and one run.

Be sure to participatei n the gameday thread at McCovey Chronicles.


Edgar Renteria Homers In Fifth, Giants Lead 1-0

I spoke to soon on my last update. After talks about being scoreless for four and a half innings, the Giants broke the tie in the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run from Edgar Renteria. It was a strong hit to left field and was gone from the get-go. The next two batters for the Giants were set down though, Matt Cain on a groundout and Andres Torres on a lineout. The Giants lead going into inning number six.

Head over to McCovey Chronicles to participate in the gameday thread.


Scoreless Through Four For Rangers-Giants

It was scoreless through four innings as both pitchers continued to play well. Cain gave up a single in the third, and the runner made his way to second when Aubrey Huff fielded a bunt that may have been called foul if he left it alone. It didn't matter though, as Cain set the next batter down on a flyout. The Giants third inning looked to fare the same at first, one out and then a hit ... from pitcher Matt Cain, singled right up the middle. Andres Torres flew out to right field and Freddy Sanchez ground out to third, though, to bring us to three scoreless.

Then the fourth inning was uneventful. The fifth, though, saw Cain giving up a leadoff double. AT&T Park struck again as the ball went deep center with the ball bouncing off the top of the low wall back into Andres Torres's hands, who held the runner at second with no outs. No problem for Matt Cain either way, as the next three up were sat down and we head to the bottom of the fifth with the Giants up to bat.

As always, head over to McCovey Chronicles for gameday discussion.


MLB World Series 2010: Giants, Rangers Scoreless Through Two

Not much to report here, Matt Cain set up two 1-2-3 innings for the Giants. The Rangers gave the Giants a 1-2-3 in the first, but surrendered a double to Cody Ross with one out. Aubrey Huff was up next and ground out, advancing Ross to third. Uribe took a couple pitches but eventually flew out to end the inning.

Be sure to join in on the gamethread at McCovey Chronicles.


Vladimir Guerrero Out Of Game Two

In light of his two (somewhat comical) errors last night in game one, Vladimir Guerrero will not be in the Rangers starting lineup come game two. Vladimir made the start in right field and his two errors were both rather costly in the Rangers 11-7 defeat. He's usually in the lineup as the designated hitter, after all, he's had the hot bat throughout the entirety of the season, but they'll opt to go without him in game two in light of his outfield play. He'll remain on the bench and available to play from there, though.

Nelson Cruz will shift back over to right field and David Murphy will get the start in left.

The lineups are as follows:

CF Torres
2B Sanchez
C Posey
LF Burrell
RF Ross
1B Huff
3B Uribe
SS Renteria
P Cain

SS Andrus
3B Young
CF Hamilton
RF Cruz
2B Kinsler
LF Murphy
C Treanor
1B Moreland
P Wilson


Giants-Rangers Game Two: So ... Pitching Duel?

Show of hands for those of you who predicted game one of the 2010 MLB World Series would end up with more than ten runs for both teams combined? Show of hands for those of you who predicted the first two games of the series would end up with at least eighteen runs overall. Well, we got all eighteen in game one. Of the ... much-discussed and much-hyped pitching matchup between Giants ace Tim Lincecum and Rangers deity Cliff Lee.

Seriously, I want to see comments, articles or anything you folks can show me with someone predicting that Cliff Lee would be touched for a million-and-a-half runs in his first postseason loss of his career. Who would have thought the Giants would get that much production from the top of their lineup? Freddy Sanchez going for three doubles, including a drove-in go-ahead run, who saw that happening?

Tim Lincecum didn't fare all that better, admittedly, but he was good enough to stay ahead with the Giants offensive onslaught. Chalk "offensive onslaught," on top of the pile of things I didn't think I'd ever say at the beginning of the season, right on top of "The Giants are in the World Series," "Cliff Lee lost a postseason contest," and "A sandwich? Nah, I'm not hungry."

Now we've got game two, and I'm hesitant to call this a pitching duel. C.J. Wilson will look to even things out for the Rangers tonight, and one has to wonder if he's a little intimidated. I know I would be, after watching my comrade Cliff Lee fall to the likes of Sanchez and Juan Uribe, I'd be freaking out, to say the least. Wilson is 1-1 this postseason with a 3.93 ERA. Wilson gave up six runs (five earned) and six hits in five innings in his last outing, game five of the ALCS against the Yankees.

He'll have his work cut out for him. He's not the ace that Cliff Lee is, but he has had a good year for Texas, making the transition from reliever to starter essentially seamless, going 15-8 with a 3.35 ERA.

You can bet there's at least one Giants player who doesn't know what exactly happened last night in game one: Matt Cain. The guy who's been sensational game in and game out and never seems to have the run support. He was probably sitting there, shedding a tear every now and then. Still, the best thing he can do is come out and be Matt Cain, which is roughly translated to: "being totally great."

Cain hasn't yet given up a run in 13 2/3 this postseason. After surrendering just an unearned run in 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision in the NLDS, Cain yielded two hits over seven scoreless innings to beat the Phillies in the NLCS. He was 13-11 this season in 33 starts with a 3.14 ERA.

Looks like Vladimir Guerrero will be in the lineup for the Rangers again tonight, at right field. He was responsible for two of the Rangers four errors last night in game one, and has only started in the outfield eighteen times this season.

I'm going to shy away from predictions and elaborating further. Tune in to watch the game, and be surprised. That's the only certainty, that the future of this series is uncertain.


2010 World Series: Vladimir Guerrero Might Start Game 2 Despite Nightmare In Right Field

Texas manager Ron Washington seems to have no second thoughts about taking Vlad and his three errors on the right side of AT&T Park out of the second game. Jeff Caplan of ESPN Dallas reports.

If Ron Washington is planning to stick with Vladimir Guerrero in right field in Game 2 after he labored through Game 1 with two eighth-inning errors, the Texas Rangers manager didn’t make a definitive statement after the game.

“No, I don’t,” Washington said when asked if he’ll have to reconsider the idea of using Guerrero in the field with the designated hitter not in effect. “A couple balls got by him.”

But, Washington had never actually committed to starting Guerrero in right for Game 2. He’s continually left it open, saying he would wait to see how the season-long designated hitter fared in Game 1.

As for Game 2, Guerrero said he he wants to play, but he knows it’s not his call.

“It is not my decision. Wash has to decide that,” Guerrero said through an interpreter. "If I am here, I want to play. But, it is his decision. It is not mine.

Perhaps Washington should watch these clips on repeat before making his decision on who starts in right field Thursday night.

Here he is charging a single by Edgar Renteria in the eighth inning (whoops).

Here he is chasing the ball hit by Freddy Sanchez around and around.

(Error 1 and Error 2 courtesy of Uncle Russel of McCovey Chronicles)

I’m fairly certain Rangers fans are praying that Texas wins this game and sweep the home slate in Dallas, because the thought of Cody Ross lining a single to right field with a man on first in Game 6 and Game 7 and Guerrero charging at it is enough to terrify even the heartiest of baseball fans in the Lone Star State.


MLB World Series 2010: Aubrey Huff Nonchalantly Catches Dejected Ian Kinsler Committing A FAIL

McCovey Chronicles is one of the most adept sites on the interwebs in getting the best moments of a game captured in animated GIFs. Kudos to their technological skills capturing one of the best moments of Game 1.

With Texas still only trailing 8 to 4, this play happened.

Ian Kinsler singled to second, Ian Kinsler out at second

Okay, so what exactly happened here? Kinsler hit a tough infield hopper off Sergio Romo to the second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Sanchez scooped it out of the infield, but threw it wide of the bag that forced Aubrey Huff to dive for the ball. Kinsler, assuming the ball went wide of Huff, touched first base easily and started running toward second.

But the ball didn’t go wide of Huff, who managed to snag it and then leisurely strolled back to tag the sad-looking Kinsler. You can view the play here, over and over again. Or you can view it below in awesome mini-form.

(Image courtesy of Giant Brass at McCovey Chronicles)

This picture is worth a thousand words and a Giants victory. Haters gonna Huff.


2010 World Series: Lincecum & Lee Duel Needed Record-Tying Twelve Pitchers To Finish

So much for the duel between Cliff Lee and Tim Lincecum. Lee was gone after 4 and two-thirds inning and was charged with the loss, and Lincecum was pulled an inning later (although he got the win). Game 1 of the 2010 World Series ended up taking three and a half hours and featured 12 pitchers, tying the World Series record for most pitchers to pitch in an individual game.

Instead of an intense low scoring affair, we got runs in bunches. Lee had a career postseason ERA of 1.26 coming into this game and 0.74 for this October—that jumped up to 2.51 after this game (11.57 ERA in Game 1 with six earned runs given up in 4 2/3 innings). Lincecum was better, but didn’t dominate either—5 2/3 innings and 4 earned runs. Five half-innings featured multiple runs being scored, and 25 hits were scattered all over AT&T Park. Brian Wilson had to actually come in and get two outs for the Giants with San Francisco up seven runs because relievers Ramon Ramirez and Jeremy Affeldt loaded the bases with one out.

Matt Cain and C.J. Wilson, it’s up to you to stem the bleeding tomorrow night.


2010 World Series: San Francisco Takes Game 1 Behind Freddy Sanchez's Four Doubles

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Freddy Sanchez's third double of the game drove in the go-ahead run and Juan Uribe's towering three-run home run capped a six-run fifth, as San Francisco rallied to chase Cliff Lee early and down Texas, 11-7, in Game 1 of the 106th World Series.

Sanchez became the first player in Major League history to record three consecutive doubles in his first three at-bats of the World Series, finishing with four hits and three runs batted in overall. Aubrey Huff had three hits and Uribe's moon shot off relief pitcher Darren O'Day broke open a tie game.

Tim Lincecum (1-0) was the beneficiary of the offensive onslaught despite a subpar outing by his standards. The right-hander gave up four runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and two walks over 5 2/3 frames. The Giants have not won the World Series in 56 years and reached the Fall Classic by way of a six-game series victory over the defending National League-champion Philadelphia Phillies.

While Lincecum struggled, the Rangers' ace fared even worse. Lee (0-1) was wild in the strike zone, missing over the middle of the plate far too often, while giving up seven runs -- six earned -- on eight hits with seven strikeouts and one walk over just 4 2/3 frames. He entered the game with a 0.75 earned run average in three starts this postseason and a 1.26 ERA in his postseason career.

Bengie Molina finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI for the Rangers, who are looking for their first World Series crown. Texas advanced thanks to a six-game series victory over the defending World Series-champion New York Yankees.

The bottom of the fifth started with a 2-2 score, but ended with 11 Giants coming to the plate in a flurry that opened a large lead and ended Lee's night prematurely. Andres Torres, who also ended the inning, doubled with one out and scored on Sanchez's double that rolled to the base of the wall in left- center. After a strikeout, Pat Burrell walked in front of Cody Ross, who knocked a run-scoring single to center. Huff also used the center of the diamond with a single to center, scoring Burrell for a 5-2 game. That ended Lee's night, and O'Day was greeted by Uribe's three-run homer into the left-center-field stands for an 8-2 game.

Lincecum, staked to a six-run lead, didn't make it through the sixth. After two quick strikeouts, he walked Ian Kinsler and Molina brought him home with a double. Back-to-back singles my Mitch Moreland and David Murphy plated Molina to chase Lincecum. Santiago Casilla struck out Elvis Andrus to end the threat.

The Giants added three runs in the eighth on Travis Ishikawa's run-scoring double, Sanchez's run-scoring single to right and Nate Schierholtz's RBI single to center. Vladimir Guerrero helped the Giants offense with a pair of errors in the inning.

Texas made it interesting and forced the Giants to use closer Brian Wilson in the ninth. Julio Borbon singled and moved to second on a throwing error by Ishikawa at first, then Andrus walked. After Young flied out, a wild pitch from Jeremy Affeldt moved both runners into scoring position. Hamilton worked a walk to load the bases, bringing Wilson into the game. Guerrero hit a sacrifice fly to right, and Nelson Cruz drove in two runners with a double to right- center before Kinsler hit a weak fly ball to right to end the game.

San Francisco's fifth-inning rally came after the Rangers applied nearly all of the offensive pressure early. Andrus, who has now hit safely in all 12 postseason games, singled to ignite a first-frame scoring chance.

Michael Young walked in front of ALCS MVP Josh Hamilton, who moved both runners up a base on a slow roller to first.

Then came three at-bats of kicks, caroms and momentum swings. Guerrero hit a sharp grounder destined for center field, but it kicked off Lincecum's left leg and caromed to the right of Huff at first, scoring one run and putting the two runners on the corners.

Cruz followed with a dribbler down the third-base line, Lincecum fielded it cleanly and appeared to have Young in a rundown. However, he ran Young back to third and never threw the ball to Uribe, leaving the bases loaded. Despite the miscue, Lincecum bared down and induced a Kinsler double play grounder to end the frame.

The Giants tried to strike back in the home half with Sanchez's one-out double, but he slipped when Kinsler made a nice over the shoulder grab on a fly ball to right by Buster Posey and was doubled off second to end the frame.

Texas added another run in the second with the aid of an unexpected source. Molina led off with a base hit, and with one out, Lee showed bunt before pulling the bat back and shooting a liner into the gap in left-center, putting two runners in scoring position. Molina then came home on Andrus' sacrifice fly.

The Giants struck back in the home third with the help of a rare occurrence, as Lee, who hit only one batter in the regular season, plunked Torres to put runners at first and second with one out. Sanchez followed by ripping a down- and-in offering to left for a double, scoring Edgar Renteria, who started the frame by reaching on Young's fielding error.

Posey then ripped a run-scoring single to center, bringing home Torres with the tying run. Ross ended the frame by striking out with runners at the corners.

Lee is the first American League pitcher to record an extra-base hit in the World Series since Cleveland's Chad Ogea in the 1997 Fall Classic. He is the first pitcher to accomplish the feat since Philadelphia's Joe Blanton hit a home run in Game 4 of the 2008 Fall Classic...Texas is 0-10 at AT&T Park...This is the Giants' 18th World Series appearance...Texas is the fourth team in the last six seasons to make its first World Series appearance.


2010 World Series: Giants Have Best Inning Ever, Lead Game 1 8-4 After Five & A Half

After the Rangers took a 2-0 lead on Tim Lincecum behind a Vladimir Guerrero single to score Elvis Andrus and an Andrus sacrifice fly to score Bengie Molina, it’s been all Giants. San Francisco scored two in the bottom of the third when Freddie Sanchez doubled off Cliff Lee to shallow left to score Edgar Renteria, and then Buster Posey singled to bring in the tying run by Andres Torres.

That was prelude to the fifth inning of madness. First Sanchez got his second double of the game to bring in Torres after Torres doubled. Pat Burrell walked, allowing Cody Ross to get an RBI single to bring in Sanchez. Aubrey Huff singled in another run to chase Lee, and then Juan Uribe capped it off with a three run homer to make it 8-2. Lee is on the hook for the loss, giving up six runs on five hits in the bottom of the fifth.

As is typical of the Giants though, they didn’t wait long before putting the Rangers right back in it. Lincecum gave up a walk, a double to Bengie Molina, and two singles to Mitch Moreland and pinch-hitter David Murphy to score two runs for Texas, ending his night. Santiago Casillas came in to strike out Andrus, but this game is far from over.


Giants vs. Rangers 2010 World Series Game 1: Giants Release Lineup

The Giants and manager Bruce Bochy have put out their lineup for Game 1 and they’ve made some fairly significant changes in hopes of getting some more offense out of this turnip. The most significant change sees left fielder Pat Burrell moved into the clean-up spot, instead of his normal fifth position. The Giants moved Buster Posey up to third, Aubrey Huff down to sixth, and Cody Ross up to fifth. The team will stick with the Juan Uribe-Edgar Renteria combination at third base and short stop.

Coming into the NLCS, the Philadelphia Phillies were huge favorites in part because of their dominant pitching, but also because they brought some prodigious bats into the series. As solid as the Phillies offense was in 2010, the Rangers offense was better. The Rangers only scored 15 more runs over the entire season, but there is a certain intimidation factor with that lineup. Given that, it’s not surprising to see the Giants looking to experiment with their roster. We’ll see if it pays dividends tonight, and going forward.

1. Andres Torres CF
2. Freddy Sanchez 2B
3. Buster Posey C
4. Pat Burrell LF
5. Cody Ross RF
6. Aubrey Huff 1B
7. Juan Uribe 3B
8. Edgar Renteria SS
9. Tim Lincecum RHP


MLB World Series 2010: Tim Lincecum Dueling [Insert Pitcher Who Will No Doubt Shutout Giants Here]

It has come to this. The 2010 San Francisco Giants are in the World Series up against the Texas Rangers. In other news, a sounder of pigs were witnessed flying over San Francisco yesterday and unicorns did indeed come charging out from within parts of my body that should never have mythical creatures charging out of them. Kudos to the one tin-foil hat wearing conspiracy theorist who picked the Giants and Rangers to meet in the World Series this year, my hat is off to you.

I didn't think, at the beginning of this season (or more accurately, at the beginning of the time I began writing for the Giants and SB Nation Bay Area - earlier this year), that I'd be putting together previews for World Series games. For me to have reached that scenario by this point would have required me to get a big break and bust into national MLB media or have either the San Francisco Giants or Oakland A's make it through the respective championships to get there. Needless to say, I didn't keep my secretary (nonexistent) on standby.

The 106th edition of the World Series is here, and the two aforementioned teams, one having never won a title, and the other not having won one for 56 years. The Giants knocked off their defending pennant champion Phillies, while the Rangers took out their defending champs in the Yankees

Here I am, here we all are, just shy of game one at AT&T Park in a best-of-seven series. Pitching rotations are coming to fruition, the umpire crew has been announced, and we're all ready for game one on Wednesday evening. A game one that, as is customary for the Giants this year, is a pitching duel. Tim Lincecum and Cliff Lee each take the mound for their respective ball clubs and it's business as usual for the San Francisco Giants.

Lee is part of a pitching staff that went for a combined 2.76 ERA in these 11 games. Lee himself is 3-0 with a 0.75 ERA. He became the third pitcher in MLB history to win his first seven playoff decisions and has the third best all-time ERA in postseason history with 1.26. He's never lost to the Giants, have returns on a 1.1.3 ERA in the three contests.

"What I attribute my success in the post season to is confidence, relying on my routine, playing on a really good team, having a really good offense to lean on, Bengie Molina," Lee said. "Those are a lot of the reasons. But I think mostly it's probably just confidence and going out there and expecting to be successful, and what allows me to do that is my routine. I've proven to myself over and over that it works, and eventually it becomes what you rely on to make you successful, and that's where I'm at."

Josh Hamilton will look to make Lee's job an awful lot easier, batting .350 in the ALCS against the Yankees and winning the ALCS MVP trophy because of it. He hit three home runs and drove in seven in the series. He's looking to make things tough for Giants game one starter, pitching ace Tim Lincecum.

Lincecum, the two-time defending NL Cy Young winner finds himself in yet another pitching duel after a couple of contests against Roy Halladay in the NLCS. He's 2-1 this postseason with a 1.93 ERA in four games. He's never faced the Rangers.

The counter to Hamilton will hopefully be Cody Ross, the NLCS MVP trophy winner for the Giants, who has come from seemingly nowhere with his play. Three home runs gave the Giants the edge in the NLCS. His first career homerun came against Cliff Lee in 2003.

Being the fourth team in the past six seasons to see their first World Series, the Rangers will need to overcome a negative stat: the previous three teams all lost in five games or less: Houston (2005), Colorado (2007) and Tampa Bay (2008).

The Rangers have lost eleven games in a row in San Francisco and the Giants have won the last seven of the meetings altogether between the two teams.

The Giants have had a tendency to win very close games with contributions coming throughout the lineup. No team in the NL had more home runs from the seventh and eighth positions than the Giants. Seven of the ten postseason games for the Giants this year have been decided by one run, with San Francisco only losing one of those contests. Eleven different players throughout the Giants lineup have worked together to score the team's nineteen runs in the LCS.

In regards to the title, I'll point you in the direction of McCovey Chronicles, our Giants blog. They've been kicking around discussion lately, and did so at the beginning of the NLCS, regarding opposing pitching for the team. The gist of the matter is that even poor pitchers can feel like Roy Halladays and Cliff Lees. Tim Lincecum versus any pitcher will end up being a pitching duel, one-run affair.

So there you have it, that's what you're watching this evening whether you like it or not. The Heat got their freakshow out of the way yesterday, so the one and only thing you should be doing is watching the Giants and Rangers square off via Tim Lincecum and Cliff Lee.


MLB World Series 2010: Umpire Crew Announced

As we fast approach the 2010 MLB World Series, various odds and ends are being taken care of in anticipation of Game 1. One such issue is umpire crew for the World Series. Today the World Series umpires were announced.

This year’s World Series umpires will consist of Sam Holbrook, Bill Miller, John Hirschbeck, Gary Darling, Mike Winters and Jeff Kellogg. Given some of the poor calls we’ve seen during the playoffs, it is interesting to note that there are two first time umpires. Sam Holbrook and Bill MIller are each making their World Series debut tomorrow.

This is the third season of instant replay on home runs, but as Giants are aware, there have certainly been some other calls this postseason that would have been worthy of some kind of replay. In Game 1 of the Giants NLDS series with the Braves, Buster Posey was called safe by umpire Paul Emmel on a steal of second. Had there been replay, the call would have been overturned. This ended up being of significance because Cody Ross singled three batters later to drive Posey in. The Giants ended up winning 1-0 and that was the difference.

I’d imagine there will be quite a bit of focus on the umpires in this World Series. Whether one is for or against expanded instant replay, we all are hoping for a well-called World Series.

2010 World Series Umpires
Sam Holbrook
Bill Miller
John Hirschbeck
Gary Darling
Mike Winters
Jeff Kellogg


MLB World Series 2010: Texas Rangers Will Not Start Cliff Lee Three Times

Rangers beat writer T.R. Sullivan confirms this.

The Texas Rangers starting rotation for the World Series will be: Game 1 – LHP Cliff Lee, Game 2- LHP CJ Wilson, Game 3 – RHP Colby Lewis, Game 4 – RHP Tommy Hunter. LHP Derek Holland will continue to work out of the bullpen

You could make an argument for a starting ace going three times, but there’s pretty good evidence that making a guy pitch on short rest diminishes his performance level in the playoffs.

Still, I’m sure plenty of Giants fans are happy not to see Lee three times (although who knows what could change between Game 1 and Game 4). Grant of McCovey Chronicles is one of those people.

Now Lee is the closest that young baseball fans will get to vintage Greg Maddux. There was a time when Greg Maddux worked in the low-90s, just as Lee does now. Some might take offense at the comparison because Lee is a lefty and Maddux is a right-hander. Bah. Maddux wasn’t a right-handed pitcher. He just was. He turned every major league hitter into an American League pitcher, lefty or righty. He had an assortment of pitches that would befuddle right-handed hitters, and he had an assortment that would befuddle left-handed hitters. At no point was Maddux fair.

So far this postseason, Lee has been comparable. He just is. Watching Lee to this point in the postseason has been a subject in pity. The Yankees have a billion-dollar lineup that mixes historically great hitters with contemporary monsters. It’s a goofy lineup. When Lee faced the Yankees, the only appropriate reaction was pity. Those poor, poor souls. There was no way to imagine Lee getting hit without the Yankees recruiting a series of dinks, dunks, and broken-bat singles. He moved in, he moved out. He fooled hitters, he dominated hitters. He blew them away, he caught them looking for something else.


MLB World Series 2010: Giants, Rangers Starting Pitchers Rounding Into Shape

The 2010 World Series kicks off in two days, which means both teams are busy figuring out who will be on their respect rosters and what their starting rotations will look like for the series.

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy conducted a press conference today and indicated that his rotation will be Tim Lincecum in Game One, Matt Cain in Game Two, Jonathan Sanchez in Game Three, and Madison Bumgarner in Game Four. That would set up the Series so that Jonathan Sanchez would start a potentially dramatic Game Seven. Of course, as we saw this past weekend, when you get that far into the series everybody is on a short leash.

Lincecum made an appearance in Game Six against the Phillies, throwing 16 pitches. Normally this might be an issue, but Lincecum did not throw his normal side session that day. If that’s factored in based on his normal work, then Lincecum is basically going to be pitching with an extra day of rest. Throwing in relief in the playoffs is a bit more stressful than throwing a normal side session, but 16 pitches is still a limited amount of pitches (even on top of his warm-up pitches).

On the other side of the diamond, Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington has been relatively quiet as to his rotation plans. However, the talk from around the Rangers would seem to set it up for the most part. Cliff Lee is going to starting Game One, setting up another “dream matchup” this postseason. Lincecum-Halladay was viewed as a dream matchup coming off their first round starts, and Lee-Lincecum will get just as much ink.

After Lee, the Rangers expect to see C.J. Wilson starting Game Two and Colby Lewis starting Game Three. Where it gets interesting is what the Rangers do for Game Four. There is some discussion of Tommy Hunter and Derek Holland as potential starters. However, don’t be shocked if the Rangers roll out Cliff Lee on short rest for Game Four and a potential Game Seven. He’s been their ace so it would certainly make some sense if they went with him as frequently as possible.

Here are your projected matchups for the 2010 World Series. As you can see, following Game 3, I’ve posted the various potential Rangers pitchers for subsequent games:

Game 1: Tim Lincecum vs. Cliff Lee
Game 2: Matt Cain vs. C.J. Wilson
Game 3: Jonathan Sanchez vs. Colby Lewis
Game 4: Madison Bumgarner vs. Cliff Lee/Tommy Hunter/Derek Holland
Game 5 (if necessary): Tim Lincecum vs. Cliff Lee/C.J. Wilson
Game 6 (if necessary): Matt Cain vs. C.J. Wilson/Colby Lewis
Game 7 (if necessary): Jonathan Sanchez vs. Cliff Lee/Colby Lewis


MLB World Series 2010: San Francisco Giants World Series History

The 2010 World Series is intriguing on a number of levels. One interesting quirk is that neither the San Francisco Giants nor the Texas Rangers have won a World Series. That means we'll get a city winning its first World Series. I say city instead of franchise for a very specific reason. Both franchises actually ended up in their current city after moving from an East Coast location. The San Francisco Giants moved from New York where they had played at the Polo Grounds in Upper Manhattan. The Texas Rangers moved from Washington, DC where they had been the second incarnation of the Washington Senators (that's right, Washington, DC is on its THIRD Major League Baseball team).

While the second Senators never won a World Series, the New York Giants actually had greater postseason success, winning five World Series titles through 1954. Originally I was going to take a look at the San Francisco Giants and New York GIants World Series history. However, given how far back those dates, I'll include a rundown of those World Series at the end, but we'll focus primarily on the Giants World Series appearance since moving to San Francisco, starting with the most recent.

2002 MLB World Series - San Francisco Giants vs. Anaheim Angels
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This series marked the last time a World Series went seven games as the Angels road an eighth inning comeback in Game Six all the way to victory. This was a drama filled series with four separate games decided by one run. The most remembered moment is probably Troy Glaus' double to give the Angels the lead in the eighth inning of Game Six. However, this series included games that appealed to offensive enthusiasts, as well as fans of great pitching.

The wildest game had to be Game Two. The Angels jumped out to a 5-0 lead off Russ Ortiz in the first. However, the Giants added four of their own in the second inning thanks in part to a Reggie Sanders three-run homerun. The Giants eventually grabbed a 9-7 lead but saw their bullpen blow the lead and the game in an 11-10 Angels victory.

1989 MLB World Series - San Francisco Giants vs. Oakland Athletics
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The Bay Bridge Series was one of the crazier series of all time primarily because of off-the-field issues. After the A's grabbed a 2-0 lead in the series, Game Three was about to begin on October 17 when the 7.1 Loma Prieta earthquake hit the Bay Area. Due to the damage from the earthquake, the series was delayed ten days. The Giants were swept in this series as the A's potent offensive attack was simply too much to handle for the Giants pitching.

1962 MLB World Series - San Francisco Giants vs. New York Yankees
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The Yankees were at the end of their dynastic run as this would be their last World Series appearance until 1976. Although I don't have the odds in front of me, I have to imagine the Giants were favorites heading into this World Series. They were coming off a season in which they finished 103-62, scored a league-leading 878 runs, and put together some very solid pitching with a team ERA of 3.79.

A look at the World Series would indicate a fairly balanced matchup as the Giants actually outscored the Yankees 21-20 in the series and on paper outperformed the defending champions. Unfortunately the games aren't played on paper and the Giants could not take the series. Willie Mays, fresh off a 49-homer regular season, was held to a .250 batting average with a single RBI. The Giants had a chance to win the series in the ninth inning of Game Seven as they got Felipe Alou to third on a Willie Mays two-out double. However, Willie McCovey hit a hard liner to second that was caught by Bobby Richardson to end the game and the series.

New York Giants World Series Appearances (all links to baseball reference)
1954 - New York Giants def Cleveland Indians (4-0)

1951 - New York Yankees def New York Giants (4-2)

1937 - New York Yankees def New York Giants (4-1)

1936 - New York Yankees def New York Giants (4-2)

1933 - New York Giants def Washington Senators (4-1)

1924 - Washington Senators def New York Giants (4-3)

1923 - New York Yankees def New York Giants (4-2)

1922 - New York Giants def New York Yankees 0 (4-0-1)

1921 - New York Giants def New York Yankees (5-3)

1917 - Chicago White Sox def New York Giants (4-2)

1913 - Philadelphia Athletics def New York Giants (4-1)

1912 - Boston Red Sox def New York Giants (4-3-1)

1911 - Philadelphia Athletics def New York Giants (4-2)

1905 - New York Giants def Philadelphia Athletics (4-1)


2010 World Series: Schedule for Giants-Rangers Series

Although we don’t yet know the starting pitching matchups for the upcoming 2010 MLB World Series, we do have dates and times for all seven games. The National League gets home field advantage for the first time since the All Star Game became the determining factor.

The timing of the series and Giants home field advantage might have helped avoid potential rain delays. The ten day forecast indicates Wednesday being mostly clear skies and only a few showers on Thursday. The Bay Area has been hit by rain this weekend, and is expecting additional showers next weekend, which hopefully means no delays during the World Series.

Here is the rundown of the seven game schedule (all games on Fox):

Game 1: Rangers at Giants, Wednesday, October 27th, 7:57pm ET/4:57pm PT
Game 2: Rangers at Giants, Thursday, October 28th, 7:57pm ET/4:57pm PT

Game 3: Giants at Rangers, Saturday, October 30th, 6:57pm ET/3:57pm PT
Game 4: Giants at Rangers, Sunday, October 31st, 8:20pm ET/5:20pm PT
Game 5 (if necessary): Giants at Rangers, Monday, November 1st, 7:57pm ET/4:57pm PT

Game 6 (if necessary): Rangers at Giants, Wednesday, November 3rd, 7:57pm ET/4:57pm PT
Game 7 (if necessary): Rangers at Giants, Thursday, November 4th, 7:57pm ET/4:57pm PT


Giants-Rangers World Series Notes: Conflicting Reports On Vladimir Guerrero's Non-DH Availability

One of the quirks of the World Series is that the games in the National League ballpark play without the benefit of the designated hitter. The Rangers primary designated hitter has been Vladimir Guerrero and the Rangers have begun figuring out how to keep him involved without the DH.

During the regular season Guerrero played 18 appearances in the outfield, including 16 starts. Over the course of today two reports on Guerrero’s availability in the outfield are offering separate options. Interestingly enough, they both include quotations from Ron Washington. Lone Star Ball linked to an ESPN Dallas report indicating Guerrero would appear in either Game 1 or Game 2. SB Nation Dallas had a later link from the Dallas Morning News indicating Guerrero would likely appear in the outfield in both games.

Aside from figuring out how to fit Guerrero into the lineup, the Rangers also have to decide who to drop from their outfield. During this postseason the Rangers have rolled out Nelson Cruz in right field and Josh Hamilton in center field. Left field has been a platoon between David Murphy and Jeff Francoeur. In the ALDS and ALCS, the two left fielders hit a combined 7 for 38 (.184) with 3 RBIs. Guerrero has hit 12 for 45 with 4 RBIs. While Guerrero’s cannon arm of old and impressive range might be diminished, his offensive skills are important enough to roll the dice in the field.

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