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Giants open commanding 2-0 lead in World Series




Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Championship, MLB, Playoffs,

Matt CainSomebody should tell C.J. Wilson and Matt Cain that they’re not aces in this World Series. At least not yet. After both Cliff Lee and Tim Lincecum failed to deliver the goods in Game 1, Wilson and Cain combined to throw 13 2/3 innings with seven hits and two earned runs. Both Lee and Lincecum each allowed more hits and earned runs. The 9-0 final score in Game 2 is no indication of how the starting pitching fared; at least not in Wilson’s case.

The Giants have now outscored the Rangers 20-7 in two games; shockingly higher numbers than we expected in two World Series games. After a pair of rough outings, Rangers reliever Mark Lowe has an ERA at 67.50 in just 2/3s of an inning’s work. San Francisco has used nine pitchers so far and only two of them have ERAs above zero to speak of.

Now the series moves to Texas, where the balls will fly higher and farther. Texas, despite being down 0-2 will take a significant home field advantage into Game 3; one where they know the field, know the angles and perhaps most importantly, know the jet stream. They’ll hope they can send a few rockets into space and take at least two out of three at home to send the series back to San Francisco. It’s going to take a pair of wins at minimum to do it.

An 0-2 deficit is devastating, but not insurmountable. The Rangers did show tremendous improvement defensively in Game 2, minus the seven-run eighth inning, but they’ll have to combine another solid fielding performance with the offense they showed in Game 1 if they hope to stand a chance in the series. They may not have much of a chance left just two games into the series, but if the Rangers want to show the world that they deserve to be where they are, they’ll have to make a comeback like we haven’t seen in many years.

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