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WS Game 2: Rangers at Giants

Oct 28, 2010, 11:00 PM EST

File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
C.J. Wilson tries to even the series back up for the Rangers tonight at AT&T Park.

After last night's out-of-the-blue slugfest, who knows what to expect tonight in Game 2 of the World Series? Will the offensive explosion continue, or will superior pitching finally prevail? Both starters (C.J. Wilson for the Rangers, Matt Cain for the Giants) certainly are capable of putting together dominant outings. Each has already done it in this postseason. But I think we saw in Game 1 that each lineup is also capable of stringing together a bunch of hits, against some of baseball's best pitchers, nonetheless.

No changes to San Francisco's lineup. Why tinker with a group that scored 11 runs against Cliff Lee and Co.? Texas, though, has made two changes. Matt Treanor, Wilson's personal catcher, is behind the plate instead of Bengie Molina. More notable is the absence of Vladimir Guerrero, who looked awful in right field last night and thus has been benched in favor of David Murphy. The switch was necessary; no way Ron Washington could put Vlad back out there tonight. But how often do you find a team's cleanup hitter benched for Game 2 of the World Series?

The forecast by the Bay isn't the greatest. There's a chance of rain throughout the evening, and the wind could kick up as well. Keep an eye on that. I'll share my thoughts along the way. Please share yours as well…

Where: AT&T Park

      Gametime: 7:57 p.m.

     TV: Fox Radio: WTEM-980 AM
     Weather: Showers, 64 degrees

SS Elvis Andrus
3B Michael Young
CF Josh Hamilton
RF Nelson Cruz

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  1. Section 3 - Oct 29, 2010 at 1:02 AM

    You *had* to get that in, didn't you, Mr. Reverse-Lock??; /

  2. Section 3 - Oct 29, 2010 at 1:50 AM

    Cody Ross to left for the 7th inning, Schuerholtz in right …. Whoa! Just in time.

  3. Section 3 - Oct 29, 2010 at 1:58 AM

    "the only difference that Renteria homer vs. Kinsler's near-miss."So if this holds up, we'll refer to it as The Butterfly Game.

  4. Section 3 - Oct 29, 2010 at 1:59 AM


  5. Michael J. Hayde - Oct 29, 2010 at 3:02 AM

    "The Giants are winning with pitching again. But not theirs."Best. Quote. Ever.

  6. Section 3 - Oct 29, 2010 at 3:20 AM

    OK, so I guess the reversey-lockey thing is off.

  7. natsfan1a - Oct 29, 2010 at 4:02 AM

    Yeah, the reverse-lock is off, but the Bizarro Giants World run scoring thingy is sooo on.In other news, I enjoyed Rob Schneider's pregame interview on MLB Network. He seems to be quite the knowledgeable Giants fanatic. Needless to say, I also enjoyed Joe Montana's reading of the lineups. Heck, I'd probably enjoy his reading of the phone book. I know, I know. What a homer. :-)

  8. BQ - Oct 29, 2010 at 6:56 AM

    This is shocking. I mean the performance by Rangers bullpen. Last night, Giants hitters kept getting hits in 2 outs. Same thing tonight again. 7 runs and they couldn't get one out? WOW. I am not complaining or anything but this is ridiculous. Completely wasted Wilson's performance and pretty much no chance of Rangers coming back in 2nd game. It is just that I am so used to watching Giants play 1 run games, no one expected this.

  9. Anonymous - Oct 29, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    Texas is a bunch of pretenders, they were the worst of the playoff teams in the AL and their bullpen has been weak all year and now it is showing under the national spotlight, Giants in 4!

  10. natsfan1a - Oct 29, 2010 at 10:26 PM

    On a somewhat related note, is it just me, or is that whole claw/antler thing kinda bush league, particularly when the gestures are done on the field?





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