World Series 2010: Matt Cain, Buster Posey and 10 Picks for Series MVP
The World Series has captivated the nation, and the Giants are looking to put it away, as they're up 3-1 and in prime contention to clinch the title in Game 5.
So since the Series is at its height, let's take a look at possible MVP candidates for this World Series.
They will be listed in random order, but all of the 10 listed will have cases made for them for sure.
Hope you enjoy. I'm still hoping Texas brings it to seven games; it'd be a heck of a turnaround!
Tim Lincecum, San Francisco, Starting Pitcher
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Perhaps Lincecum didn't dominate like he would have wanted to in Game 1, but he did have a solid outing.
Lincecum went 5.2 innings with eight hits, four earned runs, two walks and three strikeouts.
Not overly impressive, but what could give Linc the edge is the fact that he will be pitching to clinch the series tonight, and with a solid eight or nine innings and a win, he could fly himself to the MVP as well.
If I were to make a bet, I'd put Linc at the top of my World Series MVP ballot.
Mitch Moreland, Texas, First Baseman
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Coming from relative obscurity, Mitch Moreland delivered in a big way with his three-run home run against the Giants in Game 3 to give Texas its first win of the series.
Moreland is hitting an incredible .555 with those three RBI and a home run.
What hurts Moreland is the ineffectiveness of Josh Hamilton and Vladimir Guerrero, who have both been relatively ineffective the entire series.
Brian Wilson, San Francisco, Closer
Fear the beard, folks...
Brian Wilson has been lights out this entire postseason, and I can fully say that the beard is behind his stellar play.
Wilson hasn't allowed a hit or a run in two innings pitched, and if he is called upon to clinch Game 5, the Giants should feel safe and sound, as Wilson is about as consistent as they come.
Juan Uribe, San Francisco, Third Baseman
His numbers may not look good now, but during the first two games, Uribe carried the offense for the G-Men.
Posting a .286 average with a home run and five RBI was a huge deal in garnering him MVP consideration.
If Uribe can have a big game in Game 5, then he could shoot up in the MVP race.
Colby Lewis, Texas, Starting Pitcher
Lewis is a hard-throwing Texas boy who earned the Rangers their first and only win of the Series.
Going 7.2 innings with five hits, two earned runs and six strikeouts, Lewis established himself as a dominant pitcher and a stalwart for this Texas team for years to come.
If Lewis gets another chance to pitch for these Rangers and impresses, he could easily merit some MVP looks.
Matt Cain, San Francisco, Starting Pitcher
Another afterthought for most fans, Cain has thrived in the No. 2 pitcher role for the Giants behind Tim Lincecum and delivered in Game 2 of the World Series with a victory.
Cain went 7.2 innings with four hits and no runs allowed along two strikeouts—a very impressive game for Cain
If Lincecum cannot get it done in Game 5, then Cain could have a legitimate shot at the MVP.
Buster Posey, San Francisco, Catcher
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Posey, the young gun rookie from Florida State, has impressed from Day One since his call-up to the Major Leagues.
Posey is hitting .250 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI, which are very solid stats for a rookie hitting cleanup for a team in the World Series.
With a big Game 5 performance, Posey could claim the Series MVP and also establish himself as an NL MVP candidate for next season.
Josh Hamilton, Texas, Center Fielder
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Hamilton is a game-changer, and no one doubts that. However, Hamilton has been off his game this entire series.
Hitting a measly .125 with a home run and an RBI to his name, Hamilton needs to step up his production.
Why is he in here, you may ask?
Hamilton is here because if he does turn this around, he could be a deciding factor in the series. Despite a subpar first four games, if Josh gets it on track, he could lead Texas to a Series victory.
Aubrey Huff, San Francisco, First Baseman
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Huff has been a great acquisition for the Giants and is paying dividends this postseason.
Aubrey is hitting an incredible .357 with a home run, three runs scored and four RBI.
A great series so far for Huff, and if he keeps it up he could be a great asset for the Giants the rest of this postseason and next season.
Edgar Renteria, San Francisco, Shortstop
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Renteria has been a man on a mission so far in the World Series, and it looks like nothing is going to stop him.
Hitting an incredible .429 with a home run, five runs scored and three RBI, Renteria has shown his veteran leadership and set a perfect example for this young team.
If asked today based on stats who deserves the award the most, Renteria would garner it.
Watch out for him—he hasn't shown any signs of letting up.