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Join us at Cappers Info, as we make our World Series picks for Game 2 of the Fall Classic between the San Francisco Giants and the Texas Rangers.
Matchup: Texas Rangers @ San Francisco Giants Game 2
Date: Wednesday, October 28th, 7:57 ET
Location: Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA
Game Line: San Francisco -125
Over/Under 7 (o+100)
Rangers Notes: The Rangers have to wonder what hit them after they jumped out of the blocks with a 2-0 lead in the first two innings of the World Series on Wednesday night. RF Vladimir Guerrero, who would normally be the designated hitter when playing at home, had a good day at the plate, as he went 1-for-4 with two RBIs in Game 1. However, he also made two of Texas' four errors on the day. C Bengie Molina, a former member of the Giants, had a pair of hits. The undoing for this team was the fact that LHP Cliff Lee allowed seven runs, six of which proved to be earned in just 4.2 innings of work. It was a shocking result for a team that relied so heavily on its ace en route to its first World Series. If Texas has anything to fall back on, a nice rally that included three runs in the ninth inning might be something worth noting even though it fell well short of the seven necessary to come back and win Game 1. On Thursday night, LHP CJ Wilson will look to shake his rocky ALCS off in his first ever appearance in the Fall Classic. This is also Wilson's first game against the Giants in his career as well. Last week against the Yanks, this southpaw was torched for eight earned runs and nine in total in just 12 innings of work. He was the loser in Game 5 against LHP CC Sabathia, and the team also lost when he was on the bump in Game 1 as well. Perhaps Wilson's problem is that he has thrown so many innings this year. He is already at 222.1 innings of work, and for a man that was a reliever for the majority of the rest of his career, this is culture shock to his arm.
Giants Notes: If you had told Giants bettors that they were going to watch RHP Tim Lincecum allow four runs in 5.2 innings of work on Wednesday night, each and every one of them would be saying that Game 2 would be a must win in this series after a bad Game 1 loss. That just wasn't the case though, as the bats that have been in hibernation finally picked a great time to wake up. Beating up Lee wasn't something that was expected at all for a team that only scored 30 total runs in 11 postseason games. Four hits, three of which were doubles and three RBIs for 2B Freddie Sanchez immediately makes him the leader in the clubhouse for the MVP award in the series. 1B Aubrey Huff had three hits as well. The kill shot though, came in the fifth inning, when 3B Juan Uribe blasted a three run homer to cap off a six run fifth inning that not only chased Lee, but effectively ended the game as well. The big concern for manager Bruce Bochy is that six different arms in his bullpen had to be used to close out a game that was never really that close late on, and that could come back to hurt on Thursday night. Still, RHP Matt Cain is a pitcher to be trusted. He has yet to allow a run in the playoffs, and he is only seeming to get stronger and stronger in spite of the fact that he has thrown 240 innings this year. Cain only has one start against the Rangers in his career, and that was last season. He allowed just one run on three hits and struck out eight in eight innings of work to earned a win.
The Final Word: The Rangers have to start to wonder what in the heck they have to do to win a game here at Candlestick Park. All-time, they are 0-10 here now, including this Game 1 defeat. These are short, short odds for a home team in the postseason. We might not have the better team 1 to 25, but we do have the better arm and home field advantage in this game. Because of that, our World Series free picks are clearly on the G-Men.
Free World Series Picks: San Francisco Giants -125
Prediction: San Francisco 6 – Texas 3