The World Series 2010 schedule could be set in stone tonight. Even if it isn’t, the World Series 2010 schedule at least has a visiting team for Wednesday and Thursday night. Normally, an American League team would host the start of the final round, but the NL All-Stars finally fixed that this year. This means that when the Texas Rangers clinched the AL pennant, they assured their next two games will be on the road. Now all that the World Series is missing is an National League team to play host to them.
No matter what happens this weekend, the Rangers will be traveling to either San Francisco or Philadelphia next week. What’s more, since the Rangers clinched in Game 6, Cliff Lee will get to open the final round for them, unlike in the ALCS.
This means that the World Series 2010 schedule will start with a massive pitching duel, one way or the other. If the Giants win, Lee will face Tim Lincecum, who is already used to dueling with dominant pitchers. But if the Phillies make a comeback this weekend, then Game 1 will undergo unprecedented, unending hype until Wednesday night.
A Phillies’ rally would mean that Lee would come back to Philadelphia for the first time since Game 5 of the last World Series. What’s more, he would likely face off against Roy Halladay, whom the Phillies controversially traded Lee for. After the Phillies’ fans argued for and against that trade for a whole year, a Lee-Halladay duel would settle things once and for all.
The networks and East Coast viewers may be praying for that showdown, especially with the Yankees gone. But at this point, the World Series is still more likely to see the Giants host the Rangers. However, the Giants likely can’t afford to blow another opportunity tonight.
No matter how the NLCS ends up, the winner might be at a disadvantage. Facing Lee in a Game 1 could put them in a 1-0 hole right away, despite home field advantage. What’s more, both the Giants and Phillies have flailing offenses, while the Rangers slugged their way past the Yankees. Although the Giants and Phillies have three aces each, they haven’t faced an offense like the Rangers’ in the postseason.
The Rangers might be brand new to this stage, but their chances of surviving the World Series have to be solid. Assuming Lee and the offense aren’t affected by a long rest, they might have all the tools to overcome the two National League teams. If the NLCS winner needs seven games to do it, that could work against them as well.
Either way, the World Series matchup will be settled in either 24 or 48 hours. After that, the countdown will be on until Wednesday night, when the Rangers retake the field in either AT&T Park or Citizens Bank Park.
MLB.com- “2010 MLB Postseason Schedule”
SI.com- “Five Cuts: Lee’s rest bad news for NL, Lewis’ gem, more analysis”