It’s official, with the Giants 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday night, San Francisco will advance to the World Series for the first time since 2002 and face the Texas Rangers. The Rangers are an even more inspiring story as they not only won their first playoff series in team history this year but they now have a shot at a World Series Title. Neither the Giants nor Rangers were expected to make it all the way to the World Series with heavily favored veteran teams such and the New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, Atlanta Braves, and Philadelphia Phillies in the way- but they did and did so convincingly. Now, the two will meet in the World Series.
The American League Champion Texas Rangers have been an offensive powerhouse for the better part of a decade. The middle of the order can flat out mash with MVP candidate Josh Hamilton, Vladimir Guerrero, and Nelson Cruz cemented in the middle of the order. The Rangers were 5th in baseball in runs and ranked near the top in the AL in stolen bases and OPS. The Rangers can simply hit. The question with the Rangers has always been about pitching. The acquisition of Cliff Lee and the emergence of Colby Lewis and CJ Wilson have certainly been the key to the Rangers success. To top it off, the Rangers have one of the best young closers in all of baseball with Neftali Feliz.
The San Francisco Giants have had the opposite problem. The have had one of the best pitching staffs in baseball all season long but their dismal offense wasn’t able to produce runs. Some key moves to acquire Pat Burrell and Cody Ross, coupled with the arrival of Buster Posey and Aubrey Huff made the offense viable . However, the key to the Giants success has been starting pitching. Although Cliff Lee has been dominant, Tim Lincecum has been right there with him. Matt Cain, Jonathan Sanchez, and Madison Bumgarner have also been impressive. The bullpen for the Giants hasn’t been quite as good but in game 6 they were able to shutout the Phillies for 7 innings to preserve the win.
No matter who you are rooting for in the 2010 World Series it is certain to be an exciting matchup. Check out the World Series schedule below to play your viewing parties and/or your trip to the game.
2010 World Series Schedule
World Series Game 1: Texas Rangers at San Francisco Giants Wednesday, October 27, 2010 ATT Park, San Francisco,CA
World Series Game 2: Texas Rangers at San Francisco Giants Thursday, October 28, 2010 ATT Park, San Francisco,CA
World Series Game 3: San Francisco Giants at Texas Rangers Saturday, October 30, 2010 Rangers Ballpark, Arlington, TX
World Series Game 4: San Francisco Giants at Texas Rangers Sunday, October 31, 2010 Rangers Ballpark, Arlington, TX
World Series Game 5: San Francisco Giants at Texas Rangers Monday, Novemeber 1, 2010 Rangers Ballpark, Arlington, TX
World Series Game 6: Texas Rangers at San Francisco Giants Wednesday, November 3, 2010 ATT Park, San Francisco,CA
World Series Game 7: Texas Rangers at San Francisco Giants Thursday, November 4, 2010 ATT Park, San Francisco,CA