The World Series 2010 matchup could have been set by now. Instead, no one will know the World Series 2010 schedule until Saturday, at the earliest. Both the Giants and Rangers could have already been resting for the next round, but they blew their first chance to win the pennant. Now that they’ve given the Yankees and Phillies new life, the former favorites look to fully rise from the grave. If they do, then the World Series will start after only two off days, which would make most baseball fans happy.
Thanks to the Phillies winning Game 5 of the NLCS, it assured that both league championship battles would go six games, at the least. That hasn’t happened since 2004, as either one or both pennant winners usually have a long rest before coming back.
Instead, the World Series may start after a limited rest for the winners. That would mean that, for once, one or both teams won’t face questions about rust, and can come right back on the field. Of course, if the Rangers win tonight, then they will have four days of rest, and can send Cliff Lee for Game 1 on Wednesday night.
Even if the Rangers finish off the Yankees, only one part of the puzzle will be settled. The second part is the NLCS, which could still go to the absolute limit. The very last game scheduled for the championship round is the NLCS Game 7, on Sunday night. If that game is necessary, then the winner will only have two days rest – although they would have home field when they return.
Therefore, the Rangers not only hope to win tonight, and save Lee for next week, but that their opponent isn’t decided too soon. Both the Giants and Phillies have struggling offenses, so sending them on short rest against Lee for Game 1 would be very promising. Of course, both teams have major aces of their own to counter the Rangers’ bats.
Fans aren’t used to seeing long seven-game series’ lately. If either the NLCS or ALCS goes to Game 7, it would be the first one since the Red Sox-Rays ALCS in 2008. As for the possibility of two Game 7s, that hasn’t happened since 2003.
But if these two showdowns go the distance, it puts more pressure on the World Series schedule to go long as well. Last year’s Phillies-Yankees battle was the first to go at least six games since 2003. Yet the last seven-game World Series involved the Giants in 2002, although they were close to finishing off the Angels sooner.
Baseball hasn’t seen a truly great final round since the 2001 Yankees-Diamondbacks classic. Most fans expected a Yankees-Phillies rematch to challenge that, but it seemed impossible two days ago. Yet that possibility is still alive, and if it stays alive a while longer, it could make for a classic weekend ahead.
The World Series will start regardless on Wednesday, but the Rangers can clinch a berth as the visiting team with a win tonight.
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