Tag:2010 Postseason
Posted on: November 1, 2010 10:30 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2010 11:20 pm
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Giants win World Series!

SF Congratulations are in order for the San Francisco Giants, who defeated the Rangers 3-1 Monday night to be crowned World Series champions for the first time since moving to San Francisco.

Back when I Love Lucy dominated the airwaves, the Giants won the World Series with New York as its city in 1954. Now, the Giants get to add a 2010 pennant in the city by the bay after blowing a five-run lead in Game 6 of the 2002 World Series, falling in seven to the then-Anaheim Angels.

Tim Lincecum was otherworldly in his dominance of the Texas lineup, going eight strong with only a Nelson Cruz seventh-inning bomb as the blemish. Lincecum and Cliff Lee matched zeros through six before Lee gave up a three-run shot to sudden cult hero Edgar Renteria -- it being his second pivotal home run of the series.

The Giants opened the season considered weak contenders for the NL West Division. Pitching carried them all season, but in late August the club was left for dead to make the playoffs. GM Brian Sabean made a few adept moves to import offense in Babe Ru Cody Ross and Pat Burrell midseason and also finally freed Buster Posey from the minors early enough for the young catcher to make a major impact in the lineup.

Brian Wilson anchored a bullpen that got better as the year wound on, especially once Sabean added Javier Lopez from the Pirates and Ramon Ramirez from the Red Sox. The two, who had been Boston teammates in 2009, combined to shore up the middle relief and gave brilliant tactician Bruce Bochy plenty of options to play with in the later innings.

Behind Lincecum, the rotation was perhaps the best four-deep with Matt Cain and Jonathan Sanchez emerging as weapons with Madison Bumgarner joining in on the fun in late June.

It's always fun to see a down-and-out team finally reach the Promised Land after years of suffering.

Congratulations to the Giants. You earned it.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 1, 2010 8:46 pm
 

Adding two teams to postseason is good idea

Selig Bud Selig's plan to add two Wild Card teams to the playoffs as early as 2012 should be a celebrated occurrence.

As Selig himself pointed out, having 10 teams in the playoffs is "more fair than eight."

Baseball currently has the most stringent prerequisites to play in the postseason. Each division winner plus one wild card team gets to dance in October, while the three other major team sports allow far more than eight to play in their respective playoffs.

The NFL imports 12 of 32 teams while the NBA and NHL welcomes 16 of 30. Expanding to 10 teams, then, wouldn't put baseball at risk of diluted talent making the postseason as is so common in other leagues.

The addition of another wild card would boost interest in baseball down the stretch significantly in several more cities each season which would have major financial implications in TV ratings and putting butts in the turnstiles late in the year. More involvement of teams, players, cities and fans is never a bad thing, especially when the quality of play in the postseason would still remain at a high level.

Take for example the Wild Card winners of the last five years, followed by which additional two teams would have made the cut:

2010 : New York Yankees (95-67), Atlanta Braves (91-71)
Added: Boston Red Sox (89-73), San Diego Padres (90-72)

2009: Boston Red Sox (95-67), Colorado Rockies (92-70)
Added: Texas Rangers (87-75), San Francisco Giants (88-74)

2008: Boston Red Sox (95-67), Milwaukee Brewers (90-72)
Added: New York Yankees (89-73), New York Mets (89-73)

2007: New York Yankees (94-68), Colorado Rockies (90-73)
Added: Detroit Tigers (88-74), San Diego Padres (89-74)

2006: Detroit Tigers (95-67), Los Angeles Dodgers (88-74) [Dodgers tied with Padres for division lead]
Added: Chicago White Sox (90-72), Philadelphia Phillies (85-77)

As the above shows, the added teams would still have brought a boatload of quality to the season and in quite a few cases, the added teams would include ones that just barely missed out on the actual Wild Card. Why can't the two teams square off in a playoff series for the right to advance?

In addition, three of the five new AL Wild Card teams would have come out of a division not named the AL East, which would go a long, long way towards addressing the perception that it is a fait accompli (which, let's be honest, it pretty much is these days) that the Wild Card comes out of the AL East.

As for the argument that adding teams would reduce interest in the postseason chases of teams at the top, that's nullified by general increased interest in those cities due to making the playoffs as well as the added interest of cities that wouldn't have been interested otherwise. How much more attention would Boston and New York have paid in the years they would have made it? The Rangers, Giants (both in 2009) and the Phillies (2006) would also have showed up a year ahead of schedule and given everyone a warning they were coming and given casual baseball fans more of a chance to familiarize themselves with the players. How many more people would be tuning into this World Series having recognized both teams from the season before?

The big question here is how the Wild Card playoffs should be approached. A one-game playoff, three-game series or a more traditional five- or seven-game series?

There's already a push to make the Division Series go seven games, which is a change that could quite possibly go into effect for 2011 despite Selig disapproving.

"There's something about a five-game as opposed to seven, where there's more tension. There's more drama," he said.

Should others get there way and move the DS to seven games, it would lengthen an already long season as baseball is being played in November in 2010. While the powers that be have addressed that issue for 2011, pushing the DS to seven games and adding a wild-card round would push baseball right back into November.

The obvious solution here is to make weekly doubleheaders in the regular season, which would trim the schedule to the point where playoffs would still end in October, plus who doesn't want more doubleheaders?

Past that, the only way to keep November baseball-free is to make the Wild Card round one game and keep the Division Series to five. That one-game playoff, however, isn't popular among people not named Bud.

"I've had some managers tell me we can't play 162 games, wind up in a playoff for one game," Selig said. "So you're going to get both sides of the argument, and they're very strong in that opinion, by the way."

Baseball would have to do a bit of dancing to pull this off, but if they scheduled a few more doubleheaders -- not necessarily weekly, but just tack on a couple more -- then baseball would be able to add in a three-game Wild Card playoff, keeping the other series the same and still end baseball in October.

Whichever direction baseball ends up going with regards to postseason scheduling, the move of adding two additional teams is the more important story here, and baseball is getting it right by tacking on two more teams.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: November 1, 2010 5:24 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2010 5:32 pm
 

World Series Game 5 breakdown

World Series Game 5

Series: San Francisco leads Texas 3 games to 1.
Date: Monday , Nov. 1, 7:57 p.m. EST on FOX
Weather forecast: 56° F, 20 percent chance of rain
Played at: Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas
Capacity: 51,746
Dimensions: LF 332 ft., LCF 390 ft., CF 400 ft., RCF 377 ft., RF 325 ft.
Surface: Grass
Park Factors: (1.000 neutral, less favors pitcher): 1.091 runs, 1.160 HR, 1.066 H, 1.065 2B, .769 3B, .989 BB

The skinny: The Giants are in the driver's seat and have a chance to end the baseball season Monday night with Tim Lincecum on the mound. Meanwhile, Cliff Lee, coming off a poor showing in Game 1, has to pitch well to send Rangers fans home happy after the final game at Rangers Ballpark this season. Can Texas push this Series to a Game 6?

San Francisco Giants

Manager: Bruce Bochy
92-70, 1st place NL West
43-38 on road
10-4 postseason (def. ATL 3-1, def. PHI 4-2)
Hitting:
697 runs scored (17th overall), .257 batting average (15th), .321 OBP (19th), .408 SLG (13th)
Pitching: 3.36 ERA (1st overall), 4.11 xFIP (9th) 1.27 WHIP (4th), .236 batting average against (1st)
Fielding: 8.5 UZR/150 (1st overall), 52 defensive runs saved (4th), 73 errors (4th)

Ross 1. Andres Torres , RF
overall: .276/.332/.374 in 243 AB
on road: .252/.325/.456, 10 SB in 250 AB

vs. LHP: .226/.313/.346 in 133 AB AB
vs. TEX (career): .200/.333/.600 in 5 AB
2010 postseason: .278/.328/.407 in 54 AB, 2 SB, 3 CS, 1 HR

2. Freddy Sanchez , 2B
overall: .292/.342/.397 in 431 AB

on road: .261/.300/.380 in 245 AB

vs. LHP: .343/.388/.500 in 108 AB
vs. TEX (career): .300/.429/.400 in 10 AB
2010 postseason: .271/.295/.339 in 59 AB

3. Buster Posey , C
overall: .290/.385/.506, 26 HR in 569 AB

on road: .351/.406/.587, 38 RBI in 208 AB
vs. LHP: .309/.367/.588 in 97 AB, 6 HR
vs. TEX (career): N/A
2010 postseason: .273/.344/.382 in 55 AB

4. Cody Ross (pictured), LF
overall: .269/.322/.413 in 452 AB

on road: .229/.285/.372 in 266 AB
vs. LHP: .287/.340/.543 in 129 AB, 7 HR
vs. TEX (career): ..250/.250/.333 in 12 AB
2010 postseason: .298/.400/.723 in 47 AB, 5 HR

5. Juan Uribe , 3B
overall: .248/.310/.440 in 575 AB

on road: .215/.285/.400, 11 HR in 260 AB

vs. LHP: .231/.331/.352 in 108 AB
vs. TEX (career): .304/.328/.482 in 112 AB, 13 HR
2010 postseason: .140/.191/.279 in 43 AB, 2 HR

6. Aubrey Huff , 1B
overall: .290/.385/.506, 26 HR in 569 AB

on road: .315/.408/.540, 14 HR in 289 AB

vs. LHP: .296/.378/.506 in 162 AB
vs. TEX (career): .283/.347/.488 in 258 AB, 13 HR
2010 postseason: .283/.356/.377 in 53 AB

7. Pat Burrell , DH
overall (SF only): .266/.364/.509 in 289 AB

on road: .241/.346/.446 in 195 AB

vs. LHP: .309/.367/.588 in 97 AB, 6 HR
vs. TEX (career): .255/.367/.451 in 51 AB
2010 postseason: .158/.289/.316 in 38 AB, 1 HR

8. Edgar Renteria , SS
overall: .276/.332/.374 in 243 AB

on road: .277/.345/.362 in 130 AB
vs. LHP: .286/.351/.443 in 70 AB
vs. TEX (career): .284/.326/.364 in 88 AB
2010 postseason: .281/.324/.375 in 32 AB, 1 HR

9. Aaron Rowand, CF
overall: .230/.281/.378 in 331 AB
on road: .218/.269/.374 in 174 AB
vs. LHP: .211/.292/.389 in 95 AB
vs. TEX (career): .413/.466/.606 in 104 AB, 12 2B
2010 postseason: .375/.375/.750 in 8 AB

Tim Lincecum, RHP
overall: 16-10, 212 1/3 IP, 3.43 ERA, 4.21 xFIP, 76 BB, 231 K
at home: 7-3, 16 GS, 3.17 ERA, 3.10 xFIP, 30 BB, 115 K
vs. TEX (career): N/A
2010 postseason: 5 G, 4 GS, 3-1, 29 IP, 2.79 ERA, 7 BB, 33 K

X-factor to win: As with Game 1, whichever pitcher is able to shut down the opposing team will end up on the winning side. The Rangers offense has been quiet all series, but Lincecum can't take anything for granted.

Keep an eye on: Aaron Rowand hasn't been much of a factor in the postseason, yet will man center in a possible Series-clinching game. He's historically hit lefties and always played well against Texas, so could be the unheralded hero that rises up.

Texas Rangers

Manager: Ron Washington
90-72, 1st place AL West
51-30 at home
8-7 postseason (def. TB 3-2, def. NYY 4-2)
Hitting:
787 runs scored (5th overall), .276 batting average (1st), .338 OBP (6th), .419 SLG (9th)
Pitching: 3.93 ERA (10th overall), 4.36 xFIP (22nd) 1.31 WHIP (11th), .246 batting average against (6th)
Fielding: 1.9 UZR/150 (10th overall), 1 defensive run saved (19th), 105 errors (18th)

Guerrero 1. Elvis Andrus , SS
overall: .265/.342/.301 in 588 AB, 32 SB
at home: .263/.331/.309 in 304 AB, 0 HR
vs. RHP: .264/.343/.301 in 435 AB
vs. SF (career): .429/.500/.429 in 7 AB
2010 postseason: .313/.357/.259 in 64 AB, 3 2B, 8 SB

2. Michael Young , 3B
overall: .284/.330/.444 in 656 AB, 21 HR
at home: .307/.361/.509 in 322 AB, 16 HR
vs. RHP: .270/.314/.425 in 485 AB
vs. SF (career): .172/.294/.345 in 29 AB
2010 postseason: .254/.277/.349 in 63 AB, 1 HR

3. Josh Hamilton , CF
overall: .359/.411/.633 in 518 AB, 32 HR
at home: .390/.438/.750 in 264 AB, 22 HR
vs. RHP: .401/.447/.716 in 352 AB, 1.163 OPS
vs. SF (career): .375/.500/.750 in 8 AB, 1 HR
2010 postseason: .204/.338/.500 in 54 AB, 5 HR

4. Vladimir Guerrero (pictured), DH
overall: .300/.345/.496 in 593 AB, 29 HR
at home: .315/.354/.527 in 311 AB, 16 HR
vs. RHP: .287/.328/.482 in 442 AB
vs. SF (career): .330/.385/.558 in 233 AB, 31 RBI
2010 postseason: .236/.259/.291 in 55 AB

5. Nelson Cruz , LF
overall: .318/.374/.576 in 399 AB, 22 HR
at home: .371/.423/.675 in 197 AB
vs. RHP: .314/.368/.572 in 290 AB
vs. SF (career): .083/.154/.083 in 12 AB
2010 postseason: .321/.356/.714 in 56 AB, 5 HR, 10 RBI

6. Ian Kinsler , 2B
overall: .286/.382/.412 in 391 AB

at home: .319/.443/.438 in 185 AB 

vs. RHP: .258/.353/.389 in 298 AB
vs. SF (career): .300/.391/.500 in 20 AB
2010 postseason: .308/.383/.558 in 52 AB, 9 RBI

7. David Murphy, RF
overall: .291/.358/.449 in 419 AB, 12 HR
on road: .294/.367/413 in 218 AB, 5 HR
vs. RHP: .238/.360/.429 in 305 AB, 11 HR
vs. SF (career): 1 G, 0-4
2010 postseason: .208/.345/.375 in 24 AB

8. Bengie Molina , C
overall: .240/.279/.320 in 175 AB
at home*: .213/.245/.247 in 89 AB
vs. RHP: .287/.328/.482 in 442 AB
vs. SF (career): ..231/.231/.231 in 13 AB
2010 postseason: .316/.366/.526 in 38 AB, 2 HR

9. Mitch Moreland , 1B
overall: .255/.364/.469, 9 HR in 145 AB
on road: .244/.330/.500, 6 HR in 86 AB
vs. RHP: .264/.373/.496 in 125 AB
vs. SF (career): N/A
2010 postseason: .341/.383/.500 in 44 AB, 1 HR

Cliff Lee, LHP
overall: 12-9, 28 GS, 212 1/3 IP, 3.18 ERA, 3.23 xFIP, 18 BB, 185 K
on road: 7-6, 15 GS, 112 1/3 IP, 3.53 ERA, 3.49 xFIP, 13 BB, 93 K
vs. SF (career): 3 GS, 3-0, 24 IP, 1.13 ERA, 4 BB, 21 K
2010 postseason: 4 GS, 3-1, 28 2/3 IP, 2.51 ERA, 2 BB, 41 K

* at Rangers Ballpark only

X-factor to win: Cliff Lee is coming off his first career postseason loss. Can he put that behind him, ignore what may be a cranky back and show up in a game that is literally a must-win for Texas?

Keep an eye on: For Texas to win out against two of the best pitchers in the game, Nelson Cruz and Josh Hamilton have to stay hot in the middle of the order -- but can Vladimir Guerrero show up, please?

Accuscore prediction

Accuscore is a comprehensive sports forecasting engine that takes many variables into account and runs simulations for the most likely outcome.

TEX 4.7, SF 3.0

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 31, 2010 5:26 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2010 7:59 pm
 

World Series Game 4 breakdown

World Series Game 4
Date: Sunday, Oct. 31, 8:20 p.m. EST on FOX
Weather forecast: 62° F, 0 percent chance of rain
Played at: Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas
Capacity: 51,746
Dimensions: LF 332 ft., LCF 390 ft., CF 400 ft., RCF 377 ft., RF 325 ft.
Surface: Grass
Park Factors: (1.000 neutral, less favors pitcher): 1.091 runs, 1.160 HR, 1.066 H, 1.065 2B, .769 3B, .989 BB

The skinny: The Rangers reclaimed some measure of momentum by backing a stellar Colby Lewis start with just enough offense to take down the Giants. Now at a 2-1 lead, both teams are trotting out their fourth starter in advance of a pressure-packed Game 5, with either Cliff Lee poised to notch a third straight victory for Texas or Tim Lincecum with the team's first chance at a World Series ring.

San Francisco Giants

Manager: Bruce Bochy
92-70, 1st place NL West
43-38 on road
9-4 postseason (def. ATL 3-1, def. PHI 4-2)
Hitting:
697 runs scored (17th overall), .257 batting average (15th), .321 OBP (19th), .408 SLG (13th)
Pitching: 3.36 ERA (1st overall), 4.11 xFIP (9th) 1.27 WHIP (4th), .236 batting average against (1st)
Fielding: 8.5 UZR/150 (1st overall), 52 defensive runs saved (4th), 73 errors (4th)

Ishikawa 1. Andres Torres , CF
overall: .276/.332/.374 in 243 AB
on road: .252/.325/.456, 10 SB in 250 AB

vs. RHP: .283/.354/.527, 19 SB in 374 AB
vs. TEX (career): .200/.333/.600 in 5 AB
2010 postseason: .245/.302/.347 in 49 AB, 1 SB, 3 CS, 1 HR

2. Freddy Sanchez , 2B
overall: .292/.342/.397 in 431 AB

on road: .261/.300/.380 in 245 AB

vs. RHP: .276/.327/.362 in 323 AB
vs. TEX (career): .300/.429/.400 in 10 AB
2010 postseason: .291/.316/.364 in 55 AB

3. Aubrey Huff , DH
overall: .290/.385/.506, 26 HR in 569 AB

on road: .315/.408/.540, 14 HR in 289 AB

vs. RHP: .287/.388/.506, 19 HR in 407 AB
vs. TEX (career): .283/.347/.488 in 258 AB, 13 HR
2010 postseason: .286/.364/.327 in 49 AB

4. Buster Posey , C
overall: .290/.385/.506, 26 HR in 569 AB

on road: .351/.406/.587, 38 RBI in 208 AB
vs. RHP: .304/.353/.479, 12 HR in 309 AB
vs. TEX (career): N/A
2010 postseason: .275/.351/.333 in 51 AB

5. Cody Ross , LF
overall: .269/.322/.413 in 452 AB

on road: .229/.285/.372 in 266 AB
vs. RHP: .263/.315/.371 in 396 AB
vs. TEX (career): ..250/.250/.333 in 12 AB
2010 postseason: .318/.412/.773 in 44 AB, 5 HR

6. Juan Uribe , 3B
overall: .248/.310/.440 in 575 AB

on road: .215/.285/.400, 11 HR in 260 AB

vs. RHP: .252/.304/.462, 22 HR in 413 AB
vs. TEX (career): .304/.328/.482 in 112 AB, 13 HR
2010 postseason: .154/.209/.308 in 39 AB, 2 HR

7. Travis Ishikawa (pictured), 1B
overall: .266/.320/.392 in 158 AB
on road: .326/.385/.500 in 86 AB, 3 HR
vs. RHP: .286/.340/.429 in 140 AB
vs. TEX (career): .125/.125/.500 in 8 AB, 1 HR
2010 postseason: .286/.444/.429 in 7 AB

8. Edgar Renteria , SS
overall: .276/.332/.374 in 243 AB

on road: .277/.345/.362 in 130 AB
vs. RHP: .272/.324/.347 in 173 AB
vs. TEX (career): .284/.326/.364 in 88 AB
2010 postseason: .214/.267/.321 in 28 AB, 1 HR

9. Nate Schierholtz, RF
overall: .242/.311/.366 in 227 AB

on road: .246/.306/.412 in 114 AB
vs. RHP: .227/.297/.381 in 176 AB
vs. TEX (career): .667/.667/1.000 in 3 AB, 2 2B
2010 postseason: .214/.267/.321 in 28 AB, 1 HR

LHP Madison Bumgarner
overall: 7-6, 18 GS, 3.00 ERA, 4.03 xFIP, 111 IP, 26 BB, 86 K
on road: 6-3, 10 GS, 1.91 ERA, 3.82 xFIP, 66 IP, 13 BB, 54 K
vs. TEX (career): N/A
2010 postseason: 3 G, 2 GS, 3.55 ERA, 3.86 xFIP, 12 2/3 IP, 3 BB, 12 K

X-factor to win: The Giants are moving to a defensive-oriented approach with Pat Burrell. The offense has been strong to date, but this game will have to be all about defense behind Bumgarner.

Keep an eye on: Pat Burrell may not be starting the game, but he could come in as a late inning pinch-hitter in place of Travis Ishikawa or Nate Schierholtz. If the game is close, it's hard to imagine Burrell doesn't see any action.

Texas Rangers

Manager: Ron Washington
90-72, 1st place AL West
51-30 at home
8-6 postseason (def. TB 3-2, def. NYY 4-2)
Hitting:
787 runs scored (5th overall), .276 batting average (1st), .338 OBP (6th), .419 SLG (9th)
Pitching: 3.93 ERA (10th overall), 4.36 xFIP (22nd) 1.31 WHIP (11th), .246 batting average against (6th)
Fielding: 1.9 UZR/150 (10th overall), 1 defensive run saved (19th), 105 errors (18th)

Moreland 1. Elvis Andrus , SS
overall: .265/.342/.301 in 588 AB, 32 SB
at home: .263/.331/.309 in 304 AB, 0 HR
vs. LHP: .268/.341/.301 in 153 AB
vs. SF (career): .429/.500/.429 in 7 AB
2010 postseason: .328/.364/.377 in 61 AB, 3 2B, 8 SB

2. Michael Young , 3B
overall: .284/.330/.444 in 656 AB, 21 HR
at home: .307/.361/.509 in 322 AB, 16 HR
vs. LHP: .322/.374/.497 in 171 AB, 6 HR
vs. SF (career): .172/.294/.345 in 29 AB
2010 postseason: .254/.279/.356 in 59 AB, 1 HR

3. Josh Hamilton , CF
overall: .359/.411/.633 in 518 AB, 32 HR
at home: .390/.438/.750 in 264 AB, 22 HR
vs. LHP: .271/.331/.458 in 166 AB
vs. SF (career): .375/.500/.750 in 8 AB, 1 HR
2010 postseason: .220/.361/.540 in 50 AB, 5 HR

4. Vladimir Guerrero , DH
overall: .300/.345/.496 in 593 AB, 29 HR
at home: .315/.354/.527 in 311 AB, 16 HR
vs. LHP: .338/.395/.536 in 151 AB, 7 HR
vs. SF (career): .330/.385/.558 in 233 AB, 31 RBI
2010 postseason: .250/.273/.308 in 52 AB

5. Nelson Cruz , LF
overall: .318/.374/.576 in 399 AB, 22 HR
at home: .371/.423/.675 in 197 AB
vs. LHP: .330/.388/.587 in 109 AB, 21 RBI
vs. SF (career): .083/.154/.083 in 12 AB
2010 postseason: .321/.357/.736 in 53 AB, 5 HR, 10 RBI

6. Ian Kinsler , 2B
overall: .286/.382/.412 in 391 AB

at home: .319/.443/.438 in 185 AB
vs. LHP: .376/.473/.484 in 93 AB
vs. SF (career): .300/.391/.500 in 20 AB
2010 postseason: .320/.386/.580 in 50 AB, 9 RBI

7. Jeff Francoeur , RF
overall: .249/.300/.383 in 454 AB
at home*: .267/.294/.333 in 15 AB
vs. LHP: .300/.363/.442 in 120 AB, 4 HR
vs. SF (career): .231/.285/.320 in 147 AB, 2 HR
2010 postseason: .143/.182/.189 in 21 AB

8. Bengie Molina , C
overall: .240/.279/.320 in 175 AB
at home*: .213/.245/.247 in 89 AB
vs. LHP: .350/.412/.420 in 100 AB
vs. SF (career): ..231/.231/.231 in 13 AB
2010 postseason: .343/.395/.571 in 35 AB, 2 HR

9. Mitch Moreland (pictured), 1B
overall: .255/.364/.469, 9 HR in 145 AB
on road: .244/.330/.500, 6 HR in 86 AB
vs. LHP: .200/.304/.300 in 20 AB
vs. SF (career): N/A
2010 postseason: .341/.386/.512 in 41 AB, 1 HR

RHP Tommy Hunter
overall: 13-4, 23 G, 22 GS, 3.73 ERA, 4.70 xFIP, 33 BB, 64 K
at home: 7-0, 12 G, 11 GS, 3.06 ERA, 4.31 xFIP, 13 BB, 41 K
vs. SF (career): N/A
2010 postseason: 0-1, 2 GS, 7 1/3 IP, 6.14 ERA, 1.99 xFIP, 0 BB, 12 K

* at Rangers Ballpark only

X-factor to win: Was Game 3 a sign that the Rangers offense is poised to break out? They'll find the going tough against Madison Bumgarner, but the offense can't go back into hibernation with a chance to tie the series at two apiece.

Keep an eye on: Tommy Hunter is fantastic at home and got tagged with a tough-luck loss against the Yankees. He's been an afterthought in the rotation all season, but may be primed to shine bright.

Accuscore prediction

Accuscore is a comprehensive sports forecasting engine that takes many variables into account and runs simulations for the most likely outcome.

TEX 4.5, SF 3.9

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 31, 2010 4:44 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2010 4:45 pm
 

World Series Game 4 lineups

Game 4 is here, and the Giants are benching Pat Burrell, who has done nothing on offense. As a result, San Fran is going with defense. Nate Schierholz is in right field and Travis Ishikawa has taken over first. Meanwhile, Texas isn't messing with success and has the same lineup from Game 3.

San Francisco Giants
Andres Torres CF
Freddy Sanchez 2B
Aubrey Huff DH
Buster Posey C
Cody Ross LF
Juan Uribe 3B
Travis Ishikawa 1B
Edgar Renteria SS
Nate Schierholtz RF

Texas Rangers
Elvis Andrus SS
Michael Young 3B
Josh Hamilton CF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Nelson Cruz LF,
Ian Kinsler 2B
Jeff Francoeur RF
Bengie Molina C
Mitch Moreland 1B

Breakdown en route.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 30, 2010 11:21 pm
 

Hunter to start Game 4

Tommy Hunter Tommy Hunter will start Game 4 of the World Series for the Rangers as scheduled, manager Ron Washington said after Saturday's 4-2 victory over the Giants. And even if they'd lost, Washington said Hunter would still have been his man on Sunday.

"Well, as far as I was concerned, Tommy Hunter always had the start tomorrow," Washington said in the postgame news conference. "He will start tomorrow."

Not that Washington was left with much of a choice. While many wanted Cliff Lee to start Game 4 on short rest, that would leave Hunter to pitch Game 5. C.J. Wilson would be tough to go to on short rest with his blisters, and with the Rangers not facing elimination, they may as well put Hunter out there sooner rather than later.

The good news for the Rangers is that their bullpen is rested, as Colby Lewis went 7 2/3 innings on Saturday and Texas needed just seven pitches from Darren O'Day and 13 from Neftali Feliz to finish out Game 3. Hunter was 13-4 with a 3.73 ERA during the season, but hasn't pitched longer than four innings in either of his two postseason starts. He allowed three runs in 3 1/3 innings in Game 4 of the ALCS, when the Rangers used four relievers to beat the Yankees.

Lewis looks like a good choice for Game 7 if needed, and with a Game 5 start, Lee could be used in relief in a final game if it comes down to that.

While the Rangers feel good about Lewis, Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti told reporters he's concerned about Jonathan Sanchez's lack of velocity and the coaching staff would have to discuss who would start a Game 7 if needed. Based on Saturday, if this series goes the distance, the Rangers are the early favorites. However, there's a long way to go until a possible deciding game on Thursday.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 30, 2010 10:05 pm
 

Feliz sighting!

And here it is, photographic evidence that Ron Washington remembers Neftali Feliz is in fact in his bullpen:

Neftali Feliz

Feliz came in and pitched a perfect ninth, picking up his first postseason save in his first World Series appearance.

Granted, maybe he should've come in for the eighth in the highest-leverage situation, but Darren O'Day did get Buster Posey to end the eighth, so all's well that ends well.

Feliz struck out Pat Burrell (I know, shocker), got Cody Ross to fly out and then blew away Juan Uribe to end the game with a 99 mph fastball. He threw 13 pitches, 10 strikes.

Here were a few of my favorite (non-Chalupa) tweets of the night:

@MikeSilvermanBB : Righetti just told Mota he's embarrassing himself and the entire franchise walk Francoeur

@Ledger_NYMets : Neftali Feliz should change his name to Darren

@JPosnanski : They say the Masters begins on the back nine on Sunday. A Ron Washington managed game begins in the 8th inning.

@aandro : My assessment of why crowd seems quieter tonight. More corporate look. More rhinestudded jerseys means less real fans.

@Kevin_Goldstein : Ron Washington: "Who is this guy? Man I should use him more."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 30, 2010 6:56 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:15 pm
 

Fox-Cablevision reach agreement

Baseball fans in New York will be able to watch tonight's Game 3 of the World Series as Cablevision and Fox have struck a deal, the New York Times ' Brian Stelter reports (via Twitter ).

The Fox signal will be restored before the first pitch at 6:58.

The dispute between the two sides lasted more than two weeks and left 3 million cable subscribers without access to the network.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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