The World Series 2010 provided an ugly asterisk for the Rangers. When the World Series 2010 began, however, the Rangers were on total cloud nine. After all, they won their first pennant by throttling the Yankees, and had Cliff Lee leading the way against the surprising Giants. For 50 years, the franchise had struggled with hard times, but they appeared to finally be lifting. Yet in spite of all the magic they used to get there, the World Series offered a dose of harsh reality to cap this fairy tale.
Things went against the Rangers from the start, as the tone was set in the first inning of Game 1. They went up 1-0 on Tim Lincecum, and had a chance to blow the game open with Lee on the mound. But once Ian Kinsler hit into a double play, it all fell south, as Lee fell apart and the Giants dominated from there.
The World Series ended with another Lee mistake, to cap off the surprising errors throughout the last week. Despite Lee being back on form for six innings, the Rangers were once again silent on offense. It finally cost them when Lee broke in the seventh, as a three-run Edgar Renteria blast pretty much made everything else preordained.
If the Rangers were the team they were before facing the Giants, overcoming a three-run deficit wouldn’t be so daunting. If they were the team that destroyed the Yankees, then a comeback would have been inevitable. However, the Rangers never got to be that team again, thanks to the Giants’ pitchers and their own errors in judgment.
The spotlight of the World Series finally cooled the Rangers off, as they had no answers on either end for the Giants. Manager Ron Washington made several questionable decisions throughout – although Bruce Bochy made many managers look worse in the postseason.
The decision that will haunt the Rangers this offseason is pitching to Renteria with a base open, and with struggling Aaron Rowand on deck. However, Lee is normally so dominant in the postseason it shouldn’t have been a problem for him to get out of it. Yet for some reason, Lee and the rest of the Rangers lost all of their power in this round.
Josh Hamilton and the other bats were useless, while Lee suffered his first two postseason losses at the worst time. Although the Rangers had the bigger names, the World Series showed yet again how the Giants didn’t need superstars. All that the big names got the Rangers were two shutouts, with a Nelson Cruz home run preventing a third last night.
Although the Rangers made history by getting this far, their collapse at the end will raise doubt as to whether they can come back. Was this World Series their only chance for a ring, or can they redeem themselves later – with or without Lee back?
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