The Texas Rangers eliminated the New York Yankees in the ALCS Game 6 on Friday. Now Texas waits for the 2010 World Series schedule to begin on Wednesday, where they will play either the San Francisco Giants or the Philadelphia Phillies. The best thing going for the Rangers right now, is that they were able to win the 2010 ALCS with Cliff Lee only pitching in one game. Lee won Game 3 as he shut down the Yankees, and would have pitched in a Game 7 against the Yankees had it become necessary. Instead he will be ready to go in Game 1 of the 2010 World Series schedule.
According to the MLB schedule, first pitch for Game 1 will be at about 4:57 p.m. PT (7:57 p.m. ET) on Wednesday, Oct. 27. The National League Championship Series winner gets to play host of the first two games because the National League won the 2010 All Star Game. Not having home field advantage might actually prove to be what Texas wants though, because they have played much better on the road during the first two rounds of the American League Playoffs. In the ALDS they won three road games against the Tampa Bay Rays, and then won two more road games in the ALCS against the Yankees.
Game 6 of the 2010 NLCS plays out on Saturday night, with the Giants traveling to play in Philadelphia. Right now the Giants lead the series three games to two, with Game 6 and Game 7 set to take place in Philadelphia. The starting pitchers are going to be Jonathan Sanchez for San Francisco and Roy Oswalt for the Phillies. Both teams lost the last game that these two guys pitched, so both Oswalt and Sanchez will be looking to get back on the right track Saturday night. With the way the rotations have been set up in the NLCS, it looks like Philadelphia would start Roy Halladay and San Francisco would start Tim Lincecum in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday.
This is the first time that the Texas Rangers have ever been to the World Series, and they are treating their fans to something rare in baseball. Heading into uncharted territory, the Rangers offense is something that neither Philadelphia nor San Francisco wants to have to go up against, and that is a huge asset at this stage in the MLB Playoffs. They are basically playing with house money as well, especially since it was the Anaheim Angels or Seattle Mariners that were supposed to win the American League West this year. Now Texas is on the edge of achieving something great, and all Rangers fans are going to have a busy television viewing schedule in the coming weeks.
2010 World Series Schedule (PT Times)
Game 1 — Wednesday, Oct. 27 — AL @ NL — 4:57 p.m. on Fox
Game 2 — Thursday, Oct. 28 — AL @ NL — 4:57 p.m. on Fox
Game 3 — Saturday, Oct. 30 — NL @ AL — 3:57 p.m. on Fox
Game 4 — Sunday, Oct. 31 — NL @ AL — 4:57 p.m. on Fox
Game 5 — Monday, Nov. 1 — NL @ AL — 4:57 p.m. on Fox
Game 6 — Wednesday, Nov. 3 — AL @ NL — 4:57 p.m. on Fox
Game 7 — Thursday, Nov. 4 — AL @ NL — 4:57 p.m. on Fox