2010 World Series Preview

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The 2010 World Series
Most baseball players today dream about playing in the World Series ever since they were 7 years old.

That dream has now become a reality for a select few as the 2010 World Series begins tonight.

The match-up consists of the American League Champions: The Texas Rangers, versus the National League Champions: The San Francisco Giants.

The Texas Rangers not only won their first playoff series this year, but are also entering their first World Series in franchise History.

Considered by many baseball enthusiasts as “the year of the pitcher,” this World Series definitely fits the criteria in both teams are led by two former Cy Young Award winners, that will battle in Game 1.
Rangers left-hander Cliff Lee will match up with Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum.

The Texas Rangers have a very deep line-up with a mix of veteran and young talent which is led by their centerfielder and MVP candidate Josh Hamilton. The Rangers lineup includes veterans 3rd baseman Michael Young, 2nd baseman Ian Kinsler, power hitting right fielder Nelson Cruz, and their Designated Hitter Vladimir Guerrero.

Catcher Bengie Molina also not only provides veteran leadership, but Cliff Lee and him are the only active players on the Rangers roster with World Series experience.

For Lee, it was last year with the Philadelphia Phillies, and Bengie Molina, the Anaheim Angels in 2002.

Ironically, Bengie Molina was traded to the Rangers from the Giants earlier this year.

The Texas line-up is also led by plenty of young talent, including shortstop Elvis Andrus, and potential American League Rookie of the Year, closer Neftali Feliz. The hard throwing right hander set a rookie record by recording 40 saves during the regular season.

Lee, Hamilton, Guerrero, Andrus, and Feliz were all named to the American League All-Star Team this season.

The San Francisco Giants have not won a World Series since they were known as the “New York Giants,” in 1954; but are looking to change that.

The Giants are known for their strong pitching staff, which is led by All Star Tim Lincecum. Talent runs deep though. The Giants also sport, Matt Cain, left hander Jonathan Sanchez,and rookie left hander Madison Bumgarner.

The bullpen consists of All Star Closer Brian Wilson, who racked up 48 saves during the regular season.

The Giants pitching as a whole combined for a Major League leading 3.36 era during the regular season.

Along with the pitching comes great offense, led by many veterans such as 1st baseman Aubrey Huff, 2nd baseman and former batting champion Freddy Sanchez, and the hot hitting of right fielder Cody Ross, who was just claimed off waivers from the Florida Marlins on August 23rd.

The Giants offense then concludes with rookie phenom catcher Buster Posey, who is most likely to receive the National League Rookie of the Year Award.

Prediction:
Even with the Giants having one of the top starting rotations in baseball and home field advantage, the Texas Rangers explosive hitting and their aggressiveness on the base paths, the Rangers will take this series in 7 games.

Key Fact: Rangers pitcher Cliff Lee is 7-0 in 8 career postseason starts with an ERA of 1.26, which includes only 7 walks in 64.1 innings of work.