Better yet, I see a team that most likley got HOT at the right time and right place. They’ve scrapped their way thru a couple postseason series against the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies. They’re pesky and make the most of first-pitch opportunities. Watch how many times they chase Cliff Lee’s initial dealing, tonight. Give ‘em credit, they’re aggressive and they look to make things happen.
And, with an unpredictable enthusiasm by Aubrey Huff …. yeah, I said Aubrey Huff (and his red rally thong), the Giants are having fun and simply riding that wave of late season success.
To the prospective disappointment of their fans, I honestly believe the Giants’ streak comes to an end. To be blunt, the Rangers are a better team. They feature a better hitting lineup, with more power, speed and plate discipline. While I recognize the Yankees did not exactly feature an intimidating starting staff, the Rangers did pound them for an average of SEVEN RUNS, per game, in the ALCS.
I’ll agree with most baseball insiders in acknowledging the Giants have a better pitching staff, as far as starters go. But, the disparity is not too distinct and facing Cliff Lee three times, over seven games really removes the component of lesser depth toward the bottom of the Rangers staff. As for bullpens/closers, I’ll take Feliz over the bearded sensation, Brian Wilson, any day of the week.
I don’t care about the homefield advantage, either. The Rangers went up the BRONX ZOO (google: Cliff Lee’s wife Yankee fans) and took two of three games. The Giants don’t really have much of an advantage on their home turf. That’s the truth.
How do I see it? Sorry, Giants fana, I’m taking the Texas Rangers in 5 games …..