The World Series schedule 2010 begins in a National League park. This makes the World Series schedule 2010 different from all others in the last several years. Ever since the All-Star Game determined home field advantage, the American League champion always got to start things off in their stadium. Instead, the Giants are the beneficiaries of an All-Star game victory, and not the Rangers. But will starting the World Series 2010 schedule help the Giants get off to a good start – and will it matter if it doesn’t?
The Giants have one of the more unique home field advantages in the game, given the large dimensions of AT&T Park. Combined with their pitching staff, opponents often have a very hard time hitting in San Francisco, which the Braves and Phillies have proven in October.
Since the World Series schedule 2010 starts with two games in San Francisco, and with Tim Lincecum pitching the first game, the Giants may like their chances. Although the Rangers bashed the ball in Tampa Bay and New York, AT&T Park could sap out their hitting power, and put Josh Hamilton and company in an early slump.
Yet even if the Rangers can’t hit as well, they may not have to in Game 1. With Cliff Lee on the mound in October, he doesn’t need much offensive support. The Bay Area favors pitchers as it is, so Lee could actually be even more dominant than usual in San Francisco. If Lee is still dealing, and if the Rangers get a few runs off a suddenly vulnerable Lincecum, it may make all the difference in Game 1.
Having the Rangers steal home field in the World Series schedule 2010 would be a big deal. Texas is 5-1 on the road in this postseason, so they are very comfortable there. However, even if they steal home field, it doesn’t mean that the Giants won’t steal it back in Texas.
The Rangers were not on their game at Arlington to start October, losing three straight at home. Still, they beat the Yankees in Game 2 of the ALCS to steal back momentum, and clinched the series with an easy Game 6. Perhaps the Rangers have turned things around at Arlington, but that might not faze the Giants.
San Francisco got onto the World Series schedule 2010 because they won in hostile environments. Atlanta had the best home record in baseball, but the Giants won two straight in Turner Field. Philadelphia has had a notorious home advantage in October, yet San Francisco broke it in both Games 1 and 6.
With the Rangers and Giants’ road records, the World Series 2010 schedule might not be a pleasant one for home teams. The Yankees took control of last year’s championship round on the road, while home field didn’t help the Rays in 2008. If the Giants and Rangers split in San Francisco, it might actually help the Giants more when they head to Texas.
MLB.com- “2010 MLB Postseason Schedule”
Bleacher Report- “San Francisco Giants Have Home Field in World Series, But Does It Matter?”