Game one of the 2010 World Series is set for tonight, but before we get into who you like and who's gonna do what, Congratulation's are in order for Jim Riggleman!
The Nats won 69 games this past season, an improvement by 10 games over last season. The players respect Jim for the way he treats them and the way he conducts business within the clubhouse. The entire coaching staff will also be back next season.
Now on the to Fall Classic. So much for the Yankees and Phillies matchup. Texas and San Francisco had other ideas and this best-of-seven should be a dandy World Series.
San Francisco beat a very good Philadelphia team and Texas upset the NY Yankees' apple cart to earn their first trip to the World Series.
Tonight in Game One, the Giants will throw Tim Lincecum, and the Rangers will counter with lefty Cliff Lee.
Lincecum has twice won the National League Cy Young Award, while Lee has posted the best numbers in postseason play the last two years, winning seven with nary a loss and a stingy ERA of 1.26.
Against the Giants this year, Lee won all three starts with a 0.75 ERA. Pitching could very well determine who stands alone with the 2010 trophy in hand when all is said and done.
Besides Lincecum, the Giants have Matt Cain and Jonathan Sanchez and Brian Wilson coming out of the bullpen.
Besides Lee, who has visions of big dollar signs as a free agent, Texas has Colby Lewis and CJ Wilson and rookie closer Neftali Feliz.
The Rangers have gone deep every game so far in the postseason. The Giants have not scored a ton of runs. In fact, they have averaged just 3 runs a game! But they do have Cody Ross who has 4 home runs to his credit and a nifty .794 slugging percentage.
The Rangers' Josh Hamilton is a feel good story. The kid from Raleigh North Carolina is a former number one pick who successfully battled alcohol and drug problems, dropped out of baseball, found some religion and may end up as the Most Valuable Player in the National league.
I think it's the Rangers in 5 - Who do you like?