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Game #3: Texas Rangers 4, San Francisco Giants 2

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The World Series by chinmusic on Sunday 31 October 2010 at 12:09 pm

The Rangers jumped the Giants early in this game and that’s all the offense they needed. Mitch Moreland was 1 for 3 with a 3-run homer in the 2nd inning off of Jonathan Sanchez which gave the Rangers a lead they would never give back. Josh Hamilton was 1 for 4 with a solo homer last night. Elvis Andrus and Michael Young added offensive support in this game as they were each 2 for 4. Colby Lewis continued his outstanding work in the playoffs as he pitched the first 7 2/3 innings allowing only 5 hits and 2 earned runs while walking 2 batters and whiffing six. He was the winning pitcher for the Rangers. Darren O’Day got the only batter out that he faced which set the stage for closer Neftali Feliz. Feliz earned the save by striking out 2 of the three batters he faced in the 9th inning. The Rangers are now down 2-1 with game #4 tonight in Texas.

Game #2: San Francisco Giants 9, Texas Rangers 0

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The World Series by chinmusic on Friday 29 October 2010 at 10:49 am

The Rangers gave up 7 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning which shot any chance of a comeback down last night. C.J. Wilson worked the first 6 innings allowing only 3 hits and 2 earned runs while walking 2 batters and whiffing 4. He was the losing pitcher for the Rangers and he had to leave the game early with a blister. The Rangers say he will be ready for his next start if needed. Darren Oliver followed Wilson in the game and he was outstanding working 1 shutout inning in which he allowed 1 hit and he whiffed 2 batters. Darren O’Day, Derek Holland, Mark Lowe and Michael Kirkman combined to work 1 awful inning in which they have up 5 hits and 7 earned runs while also walking 4 batters and whiffing 3. Mitch Moreland was the leading hitter for the Rangers in this game as he was 1 for 2 with a walk. Michael Young, Josh Hamilton and Ian Kinsler were each 1 for 4 and that was the extent of the Rangers’ offense in this game. The Rangers are now down 2-0 in this series as it comes to Arlington this weekend.

Game #1: San Francisco Giants 11, Texas Rangers 7

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The World Series by chinmusic on Thursday 28 October 2010 at 3:21 pm

The Rangers are probably still in shock after last night when the Giants’ hitters were running up to the plate against Cliff Lee. Lee was the losing pitcher as he worked the first 4 2/3 innings in which he gave up 8 hits, 7 runs (6 earned) while walking 1 batter and whiffing 7. Darren O’Day got one out on a whiff and the other guy he pitched to (Juan Uribe) whacked a 3 run homer off of him. Mark Lowe also had a rough night allowing 3 hits and 3 earned runs while only getting 2 outs. Alexi Ogando was the only standout pitcher for the Rangers in this game as he worked 2 shutout innings allowing only 1 hit while whiffing 4 batters and walking none. The offense wasn’t that bad for the Rangers as they beat up pretty good on Tim Lincecum. Bengie Molina (2 for 4 with 2 runs and 1 RBI), Mitch Moreland (2 for 3) and Elvis Andrus (1 for 3 with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI) had solid games with the bat for the Rangers last night. Vladimir Guerrero (1 for 4 with 2 RBIs) and Nelson Cruz (1 for 5 with 2 RBIs) also had some key hits for the Rangers last night. The Rangers are now down 1-0 in this series.

The World Series: Texas Rangers vs. San Francisco Giants

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The World Series by chinmusic on Tuesday 26 October 2010 at 3:57 pm

This is the first time the Texas Rangers have ever been to the World Series. The Giants last appeared in the World Series in 2002 and they have not won a World Series ever in San Francisco (52nd year in 2010). So one city will have a parade for a World Series Champion that has never had one, so the fans at these games will likely be something to behold. Here is a look at the matchups in this series:

CATCHER: Bengie Molina knows both pitching staffs better than anyone else as he will get a World Series Ring no matter which team wins this series. He played for both the Giants & Rangers this year. Molina has stepped up in the post season as usual, for the Rangers. Molina has played in 9 games this post season and he is 10 for 30 (.333 avg, .922 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 2 homers, 7 RBIs and 1 stolen base.

Rookie Buster Posey pushed Molina out the door in San Francisco. He is a really solid all around catcher but his bat is what the Giants need to be hot to win this series. Posey has played in 10 games during the playoffs so far this year and he is 11 for 39 (.282 avg, .723 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers, 3 RBIs and 1 stolen base.

EDGE: SLIGHT FOR GIANTS

FIRST BASE: Rookie Mitch Moreland has taken over as the Rangers’ starting 1B in the playoffs and he’s done a solid job for them so far. He has played in 10 games in the playoffs and he is 10 for 33 (.303 avg, .737 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers and 4 RBIs. Moreland has more power than he has shown in the playoffs so don’t be surprised if he whacks a homer or two in this series.

Aubrey Huff is a solid lefty swinging power bat for the Giants and they need him to pick it up in this series. Huff has played in 10 games in the playoffs so far and he is 10 for 39 (.256 avg, .582 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers and 4 RBIs. I look for him to have a good series.

EDGE: SLIGHT FOR GIANTS

SECOND BASE: Ian Kinsler is one of the best all around second basemen in all of baseball and he’s shining on the big stage. Kinsler has played in 11 games in the playoffs so far and he is 13 of 38 (.342 avg, 1.067 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 3 homers, 9 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Look for him to continue to excel in this series.

Freddy Sanchez is a solid player. The Giants hope he can get on base a lot in this series to set things up for the bigger bats behind him. Sanchez has played in 10 games during the post season this year and he is 11 for 41 (.268 avg, .595 OPS) with 3 runs scored and 1 RBI.

EDGE: HUGE FOR RANGERS

SHORTSTOP: Elvis Andrus is a outstanding defensive player and he is the guy who gets things started at the top of the lineup for the Rangers. Andrus played in 11 games for the Rangers in the playoffs so far and he is 17 of 51 (.333 avg, .751 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 3 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.

Juan Uribe has had issues with his wrist this post season but he almost always seems to get the big hit for the Giants despite not putting up good overall numers. Uribe has played in 9 games so far this post season and he is 4 for 28 (.143 avg, .444 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs. Expect him to do better in this series.

EDGE: RANGERS

THIRD BASE: Michael Young has waited a long time to get into the playoffs and he has been making up for lost time. Young has played in 11 games during the playoffs and he is 12 for 47 (.255 avg, .654 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 7 RBIs.

Third base has been a revolving door for the Giants in the playoffs. Pablo Sandoval is the most likely guy to get the most P.T. for the Giants at 3B in this series. Sandoval has played in 5 games in the playoffs so far and he is 3 for 14 (.214 avg, .598 OPS) with 2 RBIs. He is better than he has shown in the playoffs and the Giants need him to step up.

EDGE: RANGERS

LEFT FIELD: The Rangers are going to use Valdimir Guerrero in RF for a couple of games in N.L. parks in which Nelson Cruz will play in LF. David Murphy will probably get the bulk of the starts in LF in this series. Murphy played in 8 games in the playoffs so far and he is 4 of 20 (.200 avg, .733 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs. He is a solid player.

Pat Burrell has been a big key for the Giants this year but he is slumping a little bit in the playoffs. Burrell has played in 10 games for the Giants in the playoffs so far and he is 6 for 29 (.207 avg, .737 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs. The Giants need Burrell to get back on track with the bat.

EDGE: EVEN

CENTER FIELD: Josh Hamilton is by far the best player on either team in this series. He won the A.L.C.S. MVP by sticking it to the New York Yankees who were scared to pitch to him. Hamilton has played in 11 games in the playoffs so far and he is 9 for 38 (.237 avg, .975 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 4 homers, 8 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Hamilton is also a really good defensive CF so he is going to make huge impact in this series.

Andres Torres is one of the big reasons the Giants are where they are right now. He has played in 10 games for the Giants in the playoffs so far and he is 9 for 36 (.250 avg, .558 OPS) with 2 runs scored. Torres is only 1 for 4 on stolen bases though.

EDGE: GIGANTIC FOR THE RANGERS

RIGHT FIELD: Nelson Cruz has been a impact player for the Rangers the last couple of years and he is taking his game to a new level in the post season. Cruz has played in 11 games in the post season so far and he is 15 of 40 (.375 avg, 1.294 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 5 homers, 8 RBIs and 1 stolen base.

Cody Ross was the MVP of the N.L.C.S. for the Giants and he has been outstanding since the day he got to San Fran. Ross has played in 10 games for the Giants in the post season and he is 11 for 34 (.324 avg, 1.189 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 4 homers and 8 RBIs.

EDGE: RANGERS

DESIGNATED HITTER: Vladimir Guerrero is a joy to watch because he swings at everything often with stunning results. He has played in 11 games in the playoffs so far and he is 12 of 45 (.267 avg, .616 OPS) with 4 runs scored and 4 RBIs. I have a feeling that if the Giants pitch around Hamilton, Guerrero is going to make them pay for it.

Edgar Renteria will probably play shortstop with Uribe sliding over to 3B and Pablo Sandoval likely DHing when the series shifts to Texas. Renteria has played in 6 games for the Giants in the playoffs and he is 3 for 18 (.167 avg, .377 OPS) with 1 run scored.

EDGE: HUGE FOR THE RANGERS

BENCH: The Rangers have not used the bench much in the playoffs. I expect that outfielder Jeff Francouer will be the most used bench player in this series for the Rangers. He has played in 6 games this post season and he is 3 for 18 (.167 avg, .389 OPS) with 1 run scored and 1 RBI. Outfield Julio Borbon will also likely get a lot of P.T. as a late inning defensive replacement or as a pinch runner. Borbon has played in 6 games during the playoffs and he is 0 for 7 (.000 avg., .000 OPS) with 3 runs scored and 3 whiffs. Veteran catcher Matt Treanor will likely get a start or two in this series. He has played in 3 games in the playoffs so far and he is 2 for 7 (.286 avg, 1.260 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs. 1B/3B Jorge Cantu has been awful so far in the playoffs so I don’t see him getting much P.T. in this series. Cantu played in 2 games for the Rangers in the playoffs and he is 0 for 7 with 3 whiffs. Backup infielder Andres Blanco hasn’t gotten on the field in the playoffs and he won’t unless the Rangers suffer some injuries.

The Giants need the bench to start stepping up as they have not added much punch to the Giants offensively. Outfielder Aaron Rowand lost his starting job but he has played decent during the playoffs. Rowand has played in 5 games in the playoffs so far and he is 2 for 7 (.286 avg, .714 OPS) with 1 run scored. Infielder Mike Fontenot will likely get to play 3B at least once or twice in this series. Fontenot has played in 7 games in the playoffs so far and he is 3 for 14 (.214 avg, .624 OPS) with 1 run scored and 1 stolen base. Edgar Renteria is also likely going to get some P.T. at shortstop in this series. 1B Travis Ishikawa has been just pretty much pinch hitting in the playoffs so far and being used as a defensive replacement late in games at 1B. I don’t see his role changing in this series. Ishikawa has played in 8 games in the playoffs so far and he is 1 for 6 (.167 avg, .542 OPS) with 1 run scored. Outfielder Nate Schierholtz will have the same roles as Ishikawa in the World Series. He has played in 8 games in the playoffs so far and he is 1 for 7 (.143 avg, .286 OPS) with 1 run scored. Backup catcher Eli Whiteside won’t get on the field unless there is a injury to Molina.

EDGE: SLIGHT FOR THE GIANTS

STARTING PITCHING: Lefty Cliff Lee has been exactly what the Rangers thought he would be in the post season. Lee has started 3 games for the Rangers in the playoffs and he is 3-0 with a 0.75 ERA and a 0.58 WHIP. Lee has only given up 13 hits and walked 1 batter in 24 innings while whiffing 35 batters showing just how awesome he has been. Righty Colby Lewis has also been outstanding in the playoffs so far. He has started 3 games for the Rangers during the playoffs and he is 2-0 with a 1.45 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. Lefty C.J. Wilson has pitched good in 2 out of his 3 starts so far this post season. Wilson has started 3 games for the Rangers so far in the playoffs and he is 1-1 with a 3.93 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. Righty Tommy Hunter has not pitched well at all for the Rangers in the playoffs but they hope he has one good start left in him. Hunter has started 2 games so far this post season and he is 0-1 with a 6.14 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.

The Giants’ starting pitching is one of the biggest reasons that they are in the World Series. It all starts with righty Tim Lincecum. Lincecum has pitched in 4 games (3 starts) for the Giants in the playoffs and he is 2-1 with a 1.93 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP. Fellow righty Matt Cain has been even better than Lincecum in the playoffs. Cain has started 2 games so far in the playoffs and he is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP. Lefty Jonathan Sanchez might have the nastiest stuff on the Giants’ rotation. Sanchez has started 3 games in the playoffs this year and he is 0-1 with a 2.93 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. Rookie lefty Madison Bumgarner has really stepped up for the Giants giving them a chance to win every time he starts. Bumgarner has pitched in 3 games (2 starts) for the Giants in the playoffs and he is 1-0 with a 3.55 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.

EDGE: SLIGHT FOR THE GIANTS

CLOSER: Righty Neftali Feliz has one of the best throwing arms on the planet but he hasn’t really been tested in the playoffs as the Rangers have not played any close games that they have won. Feliz has pitched in 5 games in the playoffs so far and he is 0-0 with 0 saves, a 2.08 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP.

Righty Brian Wilson sometimes makes the end of Giants’ games interesting but he almost always seems to get the job done. Wilson has pitched in 7 games in the playoffs so far for the Giants and he is 1-0 with 5 saves, a 0.00 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP. Wilson has only given up 4 hits in 9 innings while whiffing 12 batters showing just how nasty he has been.

EDGE: SLIGHT FOR THE GIANTS

BULLPEN: Righty Darren O’Day has got a lot of work so far in the playoffs but he hasn’t been as good as he was during the regular season. O’Day has pitched in 7 games for the Rangers and he is 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Lefty Darren Oliver is the Rangers’ top lefty in the pen. Oliver has pitched in 6 games for the Rangers in the playoffs so far and he is 0-1 with 1 save, a 5.40 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. Righty Alexi Ogando has a great arm and that’s why they will keep running him out there against the Giants. Ogando has pitched in 3 games during the playoffs and he is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA and a 2.14 WHIP. Lefty Derek Holland has been outstanding as the long reliever for the Rangers during the post season. Holland has pitched in 4 games in the playoffs so far and he is 1-0 with a 2.61 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. Rookie lefty Michael Kirkman worked 2 scoreless innings against the Yankees. Fellow lefty Clay Rapada pitched in 3 games against the Yankees and despite having a 0.00 ERA, he had a 6.00 WHIP.

The Giants have been getting great work out of the left side of the bullpen. Javier Lopez has pitched in 7 games in the playoffs so far and he is 1-0 with a 0.80 ERA and a 0.40 WHIP. Jeremy Affeldt has pitched in 3 games in the playoffs so far and he is 0-0 with a 3.38 ERA and a 0.38 WHIP. Righty Santiago Casilla has been by far the most effective righty reliever for the Giants so far in the playoffs. He has pitched in 3 games so far and he is 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. It will be interesting to see if the Giants are confident enough to use righties Sergio Romo or Ramon Ramirez in close games to protect leads. They were both outstanding to the Giants during the year but they have been awful in the playoffs. Romo has pitched in 5 games for the Giants in the playoffs and he is 1-0 with a 9.00 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP. Ramon Ramirez has pitched in 3 games in the playoffs and he is 0-1 with a 12.00 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP.

EDGE: EVEN

MANAGER: Ron Washington has seemed to outmanage both Joe Girardi & Joe Maddon by just sitting on the top step. He doesn’t seem to overmanage preferring to let his players do the hard work. Washington is 7-4 (63.6%) in his first taste of the playoffs.

Bob Brenly has really coached his team up in the playoffs. The Giants are 7-3 (70%) so far this post season as Brenly seems to have learned from past mistakes. He is now 15-19 (44.1%) in the post season as a manager in his career.

EDGE: EVEN

PREDICTION: I think the Rangers have the better team overall and I think they will prevail in six games.

Josh Hamilton was named the A.L.C.S. MVP

Blogged under Awards, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well, The Playoffs by admin on Saturday 23 October 2010 at 8:56 am

Lefty swinging CF Josh Hamilton was named the MVP of the American League Championship Series last night.  He earned it by playing in six games in which he was 7 for 20 (.350 avg, 1.536 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 4 homers, 7 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Hamilton also walked 8 times in this series as the Yankees seemed scared of him.  Although Hamilton deserved the award I think righty starting pitcher Colby Lewis could also have won it.  He started 2 games against the Yankees in this series and he was 1-0 with a 1.98 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.

Game #6: Texas Rangers 6, New York Yankees 1

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by admin on Saturday 23 October 2010 at 8:52 am

The Rangers jumped the Yankees early and the pitching staff made it stand up.  Colby Lewis was outstanding once again for the Rangers as he worked the first 8 innings of this game allowing only 3 hits and 1 earned run while walking 3 batters and whiffing 7 to earn the win.  Neftali Feliz pitched a scoreless ninth inning whiffing 2 batters (including A-Rod looking on the last out)!  The Yankees were scared of Josh Hamilton as he was 1 for 1 with 1 run scored and the Yankees walked him 3 times.  Vladimir Guerrero didn’t like the disrespect he was shown by the Yankees’ dugout and he responded by going 1 for 4 with 1 run scored, 1 double and 3 RBIs.  Nelson Cruz also had a big game as he was 1 for 3 with 1 run scored, a homer and 2 RBIs.  Ian Kinsler pitched in offensively too as he was 1 for 2 with a double and a RBI.  The Rangers have now advanced to the World Series for the first time in franchise history by beating the Evil Empire 4-2.

Game #5: New York Yankees 7, Texas Rangers 2

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Thursday 21 October 2010 at 12:06 pm

The Yankees jumped the Rangers early in this game and they never mounted much of a comeback. C.J. Wilson was the losing pitcher for the Rangers in this game as he worked the first 5 innings allowing 6 hits and 5 earned runs while walking 4 batters and whiffing 2. Rookie lefty reliever Michael Kirkman didn’t look intimidated last night working 2 scoreless innings allowing only 1 hit while walking 2 batters and whiffing 1. Alexi Ogando pitched one inning allowing 2 hits (one of which was a Curtis Granderson homer) and 1 earned run as he was the last pitcher of the night for the Rangers. Elvis Andrus had a solid game for the Rangers last night as he was 3 for 5 with a stolen base. Ian Kinsler (2 for 4 with a stolen base) and Mitch Moreland (2 for 4) also had solid games with the bat for the Rangers last night. Catcher Matt Treanor got a rare start and he made the most of it as he was 1 for 4 with 1 run scored, a homer and 2 RBIs. The Rangers are still up 3-2 in this series as it shifts back to Texas tomorrow night.

Game #4: Texas Rangers 10, New York Yankees 3

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 20 October 2010 at 1:52 pm

The Rangers totally destroyed the Yankees last night as it looked like they were taking extended batting practice. Bengie Molina was 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored, a homer and 3 RBIs as he was the key for the Rangers leading to the blowout. Josh Hamilton was 2 for 5 with 2 solo homers last night as he continues to bash the Yankees’ pitching staff. Vladimir Guerrero looked like a machine last night as he was 4 for 5 with a double and 1 run scored. Nelson Cruz also continued his hot hitting as he was 1 for 4 with 2 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs. Tommy Hunter had a rough go against the Yankees last night as he pitched the first 3 1/3 innings last night allowing 5 hits and 3 earned runs while walking no one and whiffing 5 batters. Derek Holland followed him in the game and he was outstanding. Holland worked 3 2/3 innings of 1-hit, scoreless ball as he walked 2 batters and whiffed 3 to earn the win. Darren Oliver worked the last 1 2/3 innings allowing 1 hit, no runs and earning the save. The Rangers are going to go for the kill shot in this series later today as they are up 3 games to 1 on the Yankees.

Game #3: Texas Rangers 8, New York Yankees 0

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Tuesday 19 October 2010 at 10:02 am

The Rangers dominated the Yankees last night as Cliff Lee was putting up zeroes all night long. Lee pitched the first 8 innings for the Rangers last night allowing only 2 hits while walking 1 batter and whiffing 13 as he earned the win. Neftali Feliz threw a flawless ninth inning whiffing 2 batters to seal the win. This was a close game until the 9th inning when the Rangers put a 6 spot on the scoreboard. Josh Hamilton was a beast in this game as he was 2 for 5 with 2 runs scored, a double a 2-run homer in the first inning which set the tone for this game. Michael Young also had a very solid game as he was 3 for 5 with 1 run scored. Nelson Cruz (1 for 4 with 1 run scored and 1 RBI), Bengie Molina (1 for 4 with 1 run scored and 1 RBI) and Mitch Moreland (1 for 4 with 1 run scored and 2 RBIs) also pitched in offensively for the Rangers last night. The Rangers are now up 2-1 in this series with Game #4 later today in New York.

Game #2: Texas Rangers 7, New York Yankees 2

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Sunday 17 October 2010 at 9:01 pm

The Rangers jumped out to a 5-0 lead after three innings and this time the bullpen made it hold up. David Murphy was outstanding in this game for the Rangers as he was 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored, a double, homer and 2 RBIs. Elvis Andrus really made a impact with his legs in this game as he was 2 for 4 with 1 run scored and 2 stolen bases. Nelson Cruz was 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored and 2 doubles as he swung a good stick in this game. Mitch Moreland (2 for 3 with 1 run scored and 1 RBI) and Ian Kinsler (1 for 3 with 1 run scored, 1 triple and 1 RBI) also had solid games for the Rangers yesterday. The Yankees were stone cold scared to pitch to Josh Hamilton. He was 0 for 1 but he walked 4 times and had a stolen base. Colby Lewis earned the win yesterday by working the first 5 2/3 innings allowing 6 hits and 2 earned runs while whiffing 6 batters and walking 3. Clay Rapada, Alexi Ogando, Darren Oliver, Darren O’Day and Neftali Feliz combined to throw 3 1/3 shutout innings to finish off the Yankees yesteray. The Rangers are all tied up with the Yankees at 1 game apiece with Game #3 tomorrow night in New York which will pit Cliff Lee against Andy Pettitte.

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