World Series Game 5 is Monday night in Texas. This could also be the final game of the San Francisco vs. Texas series, as the Giants lead the 2010 World Series three games to one. The Giants are coming off a Sunday night victory that puts them one win from the first baseball championship for the city of San Francisco. It’s not going to be an easy task to win Game 5, though, because Rangers ace Cliff Lee will be taking to the mound again. Working for the Giants is the fact that the only postseason game Lee has ever lost was in Game 1 to the Giants.
The Giants will start Tim Lincecum on Monday night, hoping that he can pitch a bit better than he did in Game 1 of the World Series. He picked up the win for the Giants, but it was a pretty rough outing for Lincecum. He did fare much better than Lee, though, and that was what really counted in the final score. The Giants ended up winning Game 1 by the score of 11-7, showing not just that they were capable offensively but that their bullpen could shut the door on the Rangers when they needed it most. The Giants then won Game 2 and Game 4, with the Rangers winning Game 3 back on Saturday.
According to USA Today, Game 3 of the World Series brought in the second-fewest viewers that a World Series game has ever seen. The game ended up drawing a 6.7 rating as the Rangers won 4-2, but many viewers had apparently tuned out by the time it went on the air. There are a number of things receiving blame for the numbers, including the long rain delay that caused the Fox broadcast to be delayed by about 90 minutes. Then there is the complaint of the two teams in the Series not consisting of the much larger drawing Yankees or Red Sox, but maybe that second argument shows that there are too many fair-weather fans on the East Coast.
Regardless of how many people are watching the 2010 World Series, these San Francisco Giants now have a chance to close out the Rangers on Monday night. Texas showed again on Sunday night that their offense really isn’t up to par in the offseason right now and that they will need to do much more on Monday if they want to survive to see the series head back to San Francisco. Game 5 has a scheduled first pitch of 4:57 p.m. PT (7:57 p.m. ET), with the weather looking pretty good in Arlington, Texas, right now. Can Cliff Lee prolong this series at least one more game? Or can Tim Lincecum lock down the Rangers one last time to bring the Giants fans their World Series title?