World Series Game 3 Picks: San Francisco Giants @ Texas Rangers 10/30/10

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Join us at Cappers Info, as we make our World Series picks for Game 3 of the Fall Classic between the San Francisco Giants and the Texas Rangers.

Matchup: San Francisco Giants @ Texas Rangers Game 3
Date: Saturday, October 30th, 6:57 ET
Location: Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington, TX
Game Line: Texas -145
Over/Under 8.5 (o-110)

Giants Notes: After scoring just 30 runs in the first two rounds of the postseason, the Giants have suddenly watched their bats come alive. They have plated a whopping 20 runs over the first two games of the World Series, and they have picked up runs in bunches, scoring at least three runs in three different innings over the first two games. Both 1B Aubrey Huff and SS Edgar Renteria are batting .429 to lead the G-Men in batting for this series, but 3B Juan Uribe leads the team with five RBIs. The bullpen got over a very shaky ninth inning against the Rangers on Wednesday night by coming out and throwing 1.1 of perfect baseball to shut the door on Texas in Game 2. LHP Jonathan Sanchez is going to be the man tabbed with the job of essentially putting this series away on Saturday night in the Lone Star State. The lefty will be facing Texas for the second time in his career, but his only appearance came out of the bullpen. In 2009, he got two outs without allowing a base runner and picked up the win in doing so here in Arlington. So far in the playoffs, things are going from good to bad to worse for Sanchez. He allowed just one run in 7.1 innings of work in Game 3 of the NLDS against the Atlanta Braves, but turned around and gave up eight hits and five runs in just eight innings in two starts against the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLCS. Sanchez will once again be making a start on the road, where he hasn't won since September 5th and is just 0-2 in five starts since then. The good news for this lefty is that he does have 19 strikeouts in the postseason, but he had 11 of those in his first start.

Rangers Notes: The rookies to the Fall Classic, the Rangers are in a heck of a lot of trouble right now. They are in a spot where they have absolutely imploded in two straight games, and they have to come back home knowing that they probably have to win all three games just to essentially give themselves a chance of coming back to Arlington with the World Series trophy in hand in another week or so. One thing is for certain, and that's that the bullpen is absolutely going to have to get better. This unit was bad in Game 1, giving up four runs in just 3.1 innings of work, but on Thursday, things got significantly worse. A good start by LHP CJ Wilson ended with him coming out with a blister, and that's when the fun really got started for the Giants. After LHP Darren Oliver pitched a scoreless inning, the eighth was a total calamity. After getting the first two outs via strikeout, a hit, four straight walks, a single, and two extra base hits plated seven runs to cripple any chance of making a comeback. Texas has already left 25 men on base in this series and is coming off of a game in which it batted 0-for-8 as a team with runners in scoring position. Only 1B Mitch Moreland is batting better than .250 in the regular lineup in this series, and SS Elvis Andrus, 3B Michael Young, OF Josh Hamilton, OF Vladimir Guerrero, and OF Nelson Cruz combined to go just 5-for-35, a .143 batting average in San Fran. Now, RHP Colby Lewis takes the bump on Saturday night, hoping to continue his good fortunate from the ALCS. Lewis won the clinching game of the series, going eight strong innings against the best lineup in baseball, that of the New York Yankees. He allowed just one run on three hits and struck out seven, the most he has K'd in a game since September 21st.

The Final Word: The Rangers just look like a defeated team right now. The Giants have mojo and swagger, while Texas just looks like a team that has been through the mill. You know what they say about beating the defending champs… It takes everything out of you. The Tampa Bay Rays looked that way after beating the Boston Red Sox in 2008. Now the Rangers look the part after beating the Yankees this year. The heart and hustle from this squad is gone. All that's left is a beaten down team with very little confidence. Back the Giants to effectively end the World Series on Saturday.

Free World Series Picks: San Francisco Giants +135
Prediction: San Francisco 8 – Texas 2

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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