It’s the Claws and Antlers against the Misfits. Welcome to the 2010 World Series.
On the American League side you have the Texas Rangers, who navigated through numerous road bumps all season long to earn their first ever trip to the Fall Classic. Plus they did it in dominating fashion, taking down the top 2 teams in the American League in the Rays and Yankees. All of this while providing a blueprint showing the Rangers might not be a flash in the pan.
Representing the National League is the San Francisco Giants, going for their first world championship since moving from New York. Dispatching the Braves and Phillies in the playoffs, the Giants have been successful with a bunch that manager Bruce Bochy refers to as “a bunch of castoffs and misfits.”
The Rangers come in with a high powered offense, led by MVP candidate Josh Hamilton. But they also have something that Arlington hasn’t really seen before, and that is pitching. Cliff Lee is unbeaten in the playoffs, going 3-0 with a 0.75 ERA. Both C. J. Wilson and Colby Lewis are very capable of following in Lee’s footsteps.
The Giants strength is their pitching, led by Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain. These 2 were tabbed the future of the rotation a couple of years ago and have lived up to the billing. Cody Ross came alive and made a name for himself at the plate in the playoffs, hitting 3 home runs in the NLCS. You just can’t sleep on the castoffs.
Once one of these teams gets the lead late in the game, you can go ahead and start the car. Both Neftali Feliz of the Rangers and Brian Wilson of the Giants are automatic as closers.
Despite the fact that neither of these two are really marquee names in the baseball world, this can still be a fun series to watch. One of these underdogs will soon have a new nickname, world champion.
Written by C. James