The 2010 World Series schedule is about to begin in San Francisco. Game 1 of the Rangers vs. Giants series begins on Wednesday night, with game time set for 4:57 p.m. PT (7:57 p.m. ET) on Fox. The San Francisco Giants get to host Game 1 and Game 2, as the National League has home field advantage this year. Games 3-5 will be hosted by the Texas Rangers, and then Game 6 and Game 7 will be in San Francisco if they turn out to be necessary. All of the games will be broadcast live on Fox, and should provide a very exciting series between the two league champions.
ESPN has revealed the lineup cards for Game 1, showing how the Rangers are going to adapt their lineup to not having a designated hitter in Game 1. Vladimir Guerrero will be in the outfield for Texas, giving them some extra power at the plate, but also giving them a liability on the field. Guerrero was one of the best designated hitters in the American League this season, but he used to be an All-Star outfielder before he started having knee problems.
Having Guerrero out there instead of either David Murphy or Nelson Cruz hurts the Rangers defensively, though, so they have to hope his offensive output makes it work the decision. Guerrero is definitely a great weapon to have in the lineup, though, so nobody can fault the Rangers for wanting to make sure that he is in the outfield. Having him, Cruz, and Josh Hamilton at the center of the Rangers lineup will present a lot of advantages against the Giants pitching staff, and possibly provide a lot of power for the Texas offense.
As for the San Francisco Giants, the early lineups have denoted that Aubrey Huff will most likely be the designated hitter for San Francisco in the games played in Texas. That will give them a better defensive first baseman, and allow Huff to hit in a position where he is much more comfortable. The pitching is what will carry San Francisco in this World Series, though, and fans have to be hoping that they can shut down the Rangers offense right out of the gate. In Game 1, the starting pitchers will be Tim Lincecum for San Francisco and Cliff Lee for the Rangers.
The full pitching rotations have been revealed for the series, but they could change as the series progresses, and teams have been known to push out their Game starters in Game 4 in order to put their best pitcher into the series a second time. The pitching rotations for the 2010 World Series are as follows:
Game 1: Cliff Lee vs. Tim Lincecum
Game 2: C.J. Wilson vs. Matt Cain
Game 3: Colby Lewis vs. Jonathan Sanchez
Game 4: Tommy Hunter vs. Madison Bumgarner
2010 World Series Schedule (PT Times)
Game 1 — Wednesday, Oct. 27 — Texas @ San Francisco — 4:57 p.m. on Fox
Game 2 — Thursday, Oct. 28 — Texas @ San Francisco — 4:57 p.m. on Fox
Game 3 — Saturday, Oct. 30 — San Francisco @ Texas — 3:57 p.m. on Fox
Game 4 — Sunday, Oct. 31 — San Francisco @ Texas — 4:57 p.m. on Fox
Game 5 — Monday, Nov. 1 — San Francisco @ Texas — 4:57 p.m. on Fox
Game 6 — Wednesday, Nov. 3 — Texas @ San Francisco — 4:57 p.m. on Fox
Game 7 — Thursday, Nov. 4 — Texas @ San Francisco — 4:57 p.m. on Fox