With that in mind, Giant and Rangers fans alike are probably asking some of the same questions, like what is the importance of a 2-0 lead (Giant fans) or, what about a 0-2 deficit (Ranger fans).
Out of the 106 Fall Classics that have been played, 51 have seen a participant take the auspicious 2-0 lead. Of those 51, 40 have gone on to call themselves World Series champs. In fact, in the 2000s, three teams have had such distinction and went on to sweep the Series: the 2004 and 2007 Red Sox, and the 2005 White Sox.
So if you're a Giants fan, things are looking good.
But what about the Rangers?
The most recent team to come back from an 0-2 World Series deficit was the 2001 Yankees. However, even that squad came up short in their attempt for a comeback.
Who was the last team to actually complete the comeback from an 0-2 deficit? Well, the answer again is the Yankees. The Yankees completed the 0-2 comeback after dropping the first two games of the World Series at home to the Atlanta Braves.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last team to lose a World Series when winning Games 1 and 2 at home was. . .you guessed it, the New York Yankees in 1981 to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Suffice to say, a comeback is a tall order at this point.
Historically, the Rangers have never won at AT&T Park, going 0-11 after their most recent debacle by the bay.
The Giants have never played in Arlington. Prior to the World Series, the Giants and Rangers met twice in interleague play. The first time the two teams got together was for the inaugural series of interleague play in 1997 at Candlestick Park. More recently, the Rangers were swept in 2009 by the Giants at AT&T Park.
Moreland To Start at First
Before the ALCS began, Texas manager Ron Washington had been platooning rookie lefty Mitch Moreland and the right-handed hitting Jorge Cantu at first base. However, Cantu has proved ineffective since being dealt to the Rangers at mid-season, and Moreland has been Washington's choice since Game 2 of the ALCS.
While the move isn't terribly surprising, some pundits will likely question Washington's use of left-handed Moreland against Giants lefty pitcher Johnathan Sanchez.
While no official announcement has been made, it is probable that the Giants will get a second shot at Cliff Lee in Game 4. With the Rangers trailing 0-2 in the Series, Lee is likely to get the call in hopes evening up the series, or attempting to fuel a last-ditch effort at a comeback, depending on the result of Game 3.
To Buy or to Renteria?
To say the Edgar Renteria has only had two meaningful hits in his career would be pretty outlandish. After all, the guy has almost 2,300 career hits. However, Renteria is most famous for his walk-off single in Game 7 of the 1997 Florida Marlins upset of the Cleveland Indians.
In Game 2 Thursday night, Renteria continued his postseason hitting prowess by getting the Giants on the board with a bloop single to score Cody Ross, following Ross' double down the left field line.
Who Will DH for Los Gigantes?
The Giants have yet to name their DH for Game 3 in Arlington, but I would put my money on Nate Schierholtz, who has come up with several large hits for the Giants during the postseason.
That's it for now. More to come as information becomes available, which I'm sure will be closer to game time.
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