World Series 2010: 5 Reasons Why the Texas Rangers Will Still Win the Series
The San Francisco Giants won Game 4 to take a commanding lead in the series. However even though the Rangers are down three games to one, don't count this underdog team out quite yet.
The Rangers still have a good chance to come back to win the series. Here are five reasons why Texas will come back to win the title.
Pitching, Pitching, Pitching.
The old saying is defense wins championships. Maybe if the Rangers played better defense in Game 1, the series may have had a different start. However for the last three games of this series, pitching is what will win either team the championship.
The Rangers have Cliff Lee pitching tonight. Coming into this World Series, Lee was 7-0 all-time in postseason play. Even without his best stuff, Lee was still effective in Game 1. Expect Lee to come back and have his usual commanding array of pitches.
The Rangers need to have the same approach in facing Lincecum tonight that the Giants had in facing Lee in Game 1. Everyone knows that Lincecum will be throwing strikes. Because of this the Rangers need to come out aggressive and get to the young right hander early. If they let him get ahead in the count they don't stand a chance.
Power Hitters Due to Strike at Any Time
Josh Hamilton has had a disappointing series at the plate thus far. Hitting just .125 Hamilton's shining moment was a solo homerun to seal the victory in Game 3. However, Hamilton has just one strikeout in 17 plate appearances so far. Hamilton is putting the ball in play, just not finding the holes in the defense.
Nelson Cruz is also batting a mere .188 in the series. Besides his two RBI in Game 1, Cruz has been inefficient in getting the key hit when needed. Cruz has no homeruns yet this series either. During the season, Cruz hit .314 against right handers with 18 of 22 homeruns coming against righties.
The final piece of this triple threat is Michael Young. Young hit 22 homeruns with 91 RBI during the regular season. He also has no homeruns and no RBI so far this series.
Don't forget about Vlad either. Vlad is also hitting just .100 going one-for-10 so far this series. However Vlad has the capability to silently make a huge impact every time he steps up to the plate.
Watch for Hamilton, Cruz, Young and Vlad to explode the rest of this series.
Rangers Domination On the Road
The Rangers are just 3-3 at home in the postseason. Ironically, Carl Lewis pitched in all of those games. Before the start of the World Series the Rangers were 5-1 on the road.
In Game 2 C.J. Wilson had an impressive start, going six innings, giving up just three hits and two runs. Expect him to at least give the team a chance to win in Game 6.
And oh by the way, Carl Lewis is undefeated this postseason. Texas would have him on the bump in Game 7.
If Cliff Lee can get them through Game 5 at home, don't be surprised if Texas carries all of the momentum into San Francisco and continue their dominance on the road.
Emergence of Mitch Moreland
Where has this guy come from? Mitch Moreland is hitting .455 in the series including a huge three-run homerun in Game 3.
Moreland nearly did not have a baseball career before this year. The Rangers purchased Moreland's contract on July 29 when Ian Kinsler was put on the DL. He was also nearly transformed into a pitcher early in his career. Texas sure is glad he wasn't right now.
Moreland gives the Rangers a huge lift at the bottom of the lineup. Watch for him to keep up his hot streak and keep providing offense out of the No. 9 spot.
Everything Is Bigger In Texas
The Texas Rangers have never made it into the World Series before. Big deal? For Texas it is.
The Rangers have an impressive history however with the success of players like Nolan Ryan and Ferguson Jenkins. This club wants nothing more than to claim its first title in team history. So yes, this is a huge deal for the Rangers. Anything less than a title will be a disappointment for the Rangers.