Friday, October 29, 2010

World Series Game 2: Texas gets Cain-ed. 2 down, 2 to go!

Giants 9 - Rangers 0

Shockingly, the Giants have scored an amazing 20 runs over the first 2 games of this Series.  Consider the fact that they've only scored 30 runs total in the 2 playoff series (10 games) up to this point.  After putting away Game 1 with a 6 run 5th inning, they scored 7 runs with 2 outs(!) in the 8th inning to secure Game 2.  The Rangers helped the Giants' cause by walking 4 straight batters (2 with bases loaded) in that progression.

But the real story of this game was the dominance of Matt Cain.  Though Lincecum has been the face of Giants' pitching, Matt Cain has been the most successful arm this postseason.  In 7 and 2/3rd shutout innings pitched in Game 2, he only allowed 4 hits.  In fact, in 3 postseason games (21 1/3rd innings), he's allowed no earned runs.  NONE.

Looking forward, SF fans should still prepare themselves for the likelihood that Texas will finally start swinging the bat back home in hitter-friendly Arlington.  Josh Hamilton is only 1 for 8 with no RBIs so far.  We can't expect that to continue.

Still, the good news is that only 11 teams in the last 51 to go down 2-0 have come back to win the title.  That means, historically, we have a 78% chance of winning it all.  It seems a difficult task for Texas, since the Rangers have to win 4 of the next 5 games.  But, momentum is a funny thing in baseball, and it could change with one swing of Hamilton's bat.

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