The World Series schedule 2010 begins an historic run tonight. No matter how the World Series schedule 2010 turns out, a brand new champion will emerge. Either the Giants will win their first title in the Bay Area, or the Rangers will have their first championship in any city. It will all start in San Francisco, with a hyped up duel between Cliff Lee and Tim Lincecum. Although this is only the start of the World Series schedule, Game 1 could dramatically shift the direction of the series.
The Giants have home field advantage, thanks to the All-Star Game, but not many people believe they have an advantage. Cliff Lee’s postseason dominance transcends home field, as the Yankees are well very aware of. Therefore, the Rangers have a chance to jump out big and stay there.
Since the Rangers made the World Series schedule 2010 before Lee had to pitch an ALCS Game 7, they have a real opportunity. If Lee gets yet another win tonight, all the Rangers have to do is win two of the next three games, in order to give Lee a chance to wrap up the championship in Arlington.
Even if the Rangers get off to a 2-1 lead, the Giants could be pushed to a do-or-die situation in Game 4, since they won’t have one of their aces pitching that night. Due to the Lee factor, and due to the Rangers’ hot offense, Texas may be more of a favorite in this series.
However, the course of the World Series schedule 2010 would be dramatically altered if the Giants win Game 1. Breaking Lee would immediately eliminate a major psychological edge for the Rangers, and put all of the pressure on them.
A Giants victory would give them a chance to go up 2-0 tomorrow, with red hot Matt Cain going on the mound. Even if the Rangers still manage a split, a Game 1 Giants win would make them much more confident, and eliminate any fear of facing Lee in Game 5, no matter what. Without Lee maintaining order, Texas would need their other arms to keep up with San Francisco’s multiple aces.
If anyone can outduel Lee tonight, Tim Lincecum can, although he was a bit shaky in the NLCS. Yet the World Series schedule 2010 is the first one in this postseason where the Giants face a powerful offense. The Braves’ bats were depleted, while the Phillies’ big sluggers had been flailing all season. However, the Rangers’ bats shredded the Yankees, and could actually get some balls out of AT&T Park.
If the Rangers do stay hot on offense, then Lee might not need to be 100 percent to get the victory. After all, the Giants hardly have intimidating bats of their own, and Lee shut down much more notable sluggers this October. Then again, the Phillies couldn’t shut down Cody Ross with three aces.
The World Series schedule will have a big early shift one way or another tonight, starting at 7:57 pm est on FOX.
MLB.com- “2010 MLB Postseason Schedule”
ESPN- “Don’t tune out this World Series”