After beating the Yankees in the ALCS to advance to the 2010 World Series, the Texas Rangers find themselves favored over the San Francisco Giants in the Fall Classic. Read on to check out odds and a start time schedule for this year’s World Series.
Oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL.com have made the Rangers –135 favorites over the Giants for the 2010 World Series. San Fran is currently +115 on the money line and while that would still make the G-Men underdogs, oddsmakers must feel as though this series will be close.
With their win last Friday night, the Rangers beat the Yankees in six games to advance to the Fall Classic. Their pitching flustered a veteran New York lineup that consisted of Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano and Mark Teixeria (before he was hurt in Game 5).
Ace Cliff Lee’s three wins are the most among pitchers this postseason. Colby Lewis (the winner in Game 6) has two wins, while C.J. Wilson has one. Lee’s un-real 0.75 ERA also leads all AL pitchers in that category and Lewis’ 1.45 ERA ranks second.
Of course, the Rangers aren’t all about pitching. Nelson Cruz is second in the AL in batting average this postseason and is currently hitting .375. Ian Kinsler is fifth with a .342 average and he also ranks first in runs batted in with nine. In fact, the top five RBI producers in the AL this postseason all belong to Texas: Kinsler, Cruz (8), Josh Hamilton (8), Michael Young (7) and former Giant, Bengie Molina.
The Rangers will need timely hitting against the Giants’ outstanding group of starters. Tim Lincecum has two wins this postseason, while Matt Cain has one and hasn’t given up a run this postseason. Jonathan Sanchez struggled in Game 6 against the Phillies, but he was solid in Game 2 and in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Braves.
Not known for their hitting, the Giants are getting great contributions out of Cody Ross, who leads the NL in home runs with four and RBI with eight, while also hitting .324. Pat Burrell also has a home run and rookie catcher Buster Posey is fifth in the NL with a .282 batting average.
Below you’ll find a schedule and start times for the 2010 World Series.
Game 1: Rangers vs. Giants, Wednesday, October 27, 7:30PM ET on FOX
Game 2: Rangers vs. Giants, Thursday, October 28, 7:30PM ET on FOX
Game 3: Giants vs. Rangers, Saturday, October 30, 6:30PM ET on FOX
Game 4: Giants vs. Rangers, Sunday, October 31, 8:00PM ET on FOX
**Game 5: Giants vs. Rangers, Monday, November 1, 7:30PM ET on FOX
**Game 6: Rangers vs. Giants, Wednesday, November 3, 7:30PM ET on FOX
**Game 7: Rangers vs. Giants, Thursday, November 4, 7:30PM ET on FOX
** - If Necessary