The World Series 2010 has been lopsided so far. Yet this doesn’t make the World Series 2010 much different from others in the last decade. Sports fans have been spoiled by other championship clashes lately, with three straight thrilling Super Bowls, and big showdowns in the NBA and Stanley Cup finals. However, the stubborn extension has been baseball’s final round, which almost always ends with an anticlimax. With the poor start by the Rangers, the World Series this year might not be the one to change that, unless a turnaround starts tonight.
The Giants have a chance to all but clinch the championship tonight, with a third straight win over the Rangers. Although nearly everyone expected a six or seven game series, San Francisco has sucked the drama out early with two blowout wins.
If the World Series 2010 doesn’t get any closer, it will join a pile of recent championship series’ that ended early. In fact, last year’s Phillies-Yankees clash was the first one to reach six games since 2003, and even that was largely dominated by the Yankees.
The Giants were in the last seven game series in 2002 with the Angels. That battle is best remembered for San Francisco’s late Game 6 collapse, when they were on the verge of the title. However, it may take a greater collapse for them to lose the championship this time.
Whether the Rangers can do it or not is very much in question. It may be more pertinent to ask if they can take things back to San Francisco. Now that the World Series 2010 has broken Cliff Lee’s dominance, it’s no longer a given that he could win a Game 5 – or that the Rangers would get there.
There have been three sweeps since 2003, with the Red Sox getting two of them. The third was against a team from Texas, as the Astros lost four straight one-run games to the White Sox in 2005. Texas teams are 0-6 all time in the World Series, so the Rangers just need to break that streak first.
Of course, doing it tonight may be their only chance to make the World Series 2010 competitive again. They have home field back, and have a hotter pitcher in Colby Lewis. However, the Rangers have shown weakness at home in this postseason, while the Giants have been road warriors.
If the Rangers win Game 3, then this series will have some intrigue and doubt back. But if the Giants win, it will be just like any other short, lopsided finale in the last decade. Then again, the last truly classic series in 2001 started with the Diamondbacks going up 2-0, before the Yankees made it unforgettable.
Asking for the World Series 2010 to match that may be a tall order, but asking for some suspense still isn’t. The Rangers will try to bring some back at 6:57 pm est on FOX.
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