So, the World Series is just around the corner with the underdog San Francisco Giants going up against the Texas Rangers. Not many people predicted this matchup for the championship, but it looks like it will be one to remember. Here’s why.
REASONS THE RANGERS WILL WIN:
-The Texas Rangers won their first ever playoff series this year, and subsequently are playing for their first ever title. I’m sure that the team is motivated to bring it home to Arlington.
-Cliff Lee is the most dominant pitcher in basball right now with a 3-0 postseason record and in 24 innings pitched, he has 34 strikeouts and just one walk. He has also given up just 13 hits and 2 (earned) runs. That’s absolutely insane.
-Josh Hamilton is a new man. After a sub-par series against Tampa, he was en fuego against the Yankees with a .350 average and 4 of his 7 hits going yard, totaling 8 RBI’s. If he keeps this up, the Rangers are almost certain to win the ‘ship.
-Their hitting is outrageously good. Of the eight players that have at least 15 at bats in the ALCS, only two (Vlad Guerrero and Ian Kinsler) had under a .313 average.
-Elvis Andrus has played way better than in the playoffs than in the regular season. In just 11 games, he has 7 stolen bases (regular season total of 32), an average of .333 (.265) and an OPS of .787 (.643).
REASONS THE GIANTS (HAVE A CHANCE TO) WIN:
-This is just Los Gigantes third NL pennant since 1962 and the club hasn’t won a World Series since 1954.
-Tim Lincecum has an ERA under 2 and has 30 strikeouts in 23.1 innings. Factor in a K-BB ratio of 14:1 in the Atlanta series and that just spells dominant.
-Cody Ross has raised his batting average by 36 points from the regular season to the playoffs. His home run and RBI totals (4 and 8) in 10 games also usurped his totals with San Fran in the regular season (3 and 11 in 33).
-Buster Posey. Yeah…
-Brian Wilson. He’s just so good. And he got fined because his spikes were ‘too awesome.’ Fear the beard.
PREDICTION: Rangers win it in either 5 or 6 depending on how the pitching matchups develop as the series rolls on.