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Join us at Cappers Info, as we make our World Series picks for Game 5 of the Fall Classic between the San Francisco Giants and the Texas Rangers.
Matchup: San Francisco Giants @ Texas Rangers Game 5
Date: Monday, November 1st, 7:27 ET
Location: Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington, TX
Game Line: Texas -175
Over/Under 6 (o-130)
Giants Notes: If the Giants could just figure out how to win one of the next three games, they'll be coming back to the Bay with the team's first championship in 53 years. Even though this was a rotation that was heralded due to the great play of RHP Tim Lincecum, RHP Matt Cain, and LHP Jonathan Sanchez, it was the scary good pitching performance of LHP Madison Bumgarner that might have put the Fall Classic away once and for all on Halloween night in the Lone Star State. Bumgarner might only pitch in this series one time, but he might have stolen the MVP Award as well as a rookie. He clearly turned in the best pitching performance of series, going eight shutout innings and fanning six, allowing just three hits and two walks. Bumgarner faced just three batters over the minimum in those eight innings, while closer Brian Wilson went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the ninth with two K's to seal the deal. DH Aubrey Huff went yard in the third inning to start the scoring, and a solo homer by C Buster Posey put away any chance that the Rangers had of making a comeback in the 4-0 win for the visitors. SS Edgar Renteria is now batting .429 in the series, while Huff is up to .357. Game 1 was supposed to be a game in which Lincecum had to be flawless just to compete with greatness. However, he got away with an incredibly mediocre start, particularly by his standards. Lincecum went just 5.2 innings and allowed four earned runs on eight hits with two walks, striking out just three Rangers. However, his batting order really picked him up on that epic Wednesday night, as San Fran logged an 11-7 victory. It was a great time for the G-Men to score the most runs in a game that they put together for their top right hander since winning 15-2 over the Milwaukee Brewers on July 7th.
Rangers Notes: The Rangers might have been a scrappy club all season long that figured out how to win games when they really needed to, but this mountain is probably going to prove to be too hard to climb. The offense was really shut down on Sunday night, as one again, no one on the team produced more than one hit, and there were only five base runners in total. Once again, Texas wasn't able to really get its speed game involved on the base paths, and once again, the end result was a lackluster result on the scoreboard itself. Perhaps even more frightening on that Halloween night was the fact that the bullpen once again proved to be shoddy at best. This unit did throw five innings, but it allowed two runs and really took any chance away from the lineup of coming back to produce. The damage was done with RHP Tommy Hunter left though, as his two runs allowed on five hits in four frames was just too much to get away with on this night. On Monday, it will probably be the swan song for LHP Cliff Lee. The southpaw is probably throwing in his last game as a member of the Rangers, as he will become a free agent immediately when the season is over with. This will be his first and only outing at home of the playoffs and will need to be another remarkable start for Texas to live another day and force this series back to San Fran. Lee allowed six earned runs and seven in total in just 4.2 innings of work, easily marking the shortest outing with the fewest strikeouts, the most hits allowed, and the most runs allowed in his postseason. He had thrown 24 innings in the playoffs prior to that shaky outing in Game 1 of the World Series, and had struck out 34 batters to show for it after allowing just two runs.
The Final Word: For a team that has looked absolutely dominating in this series, we find it hard to believe that the Rangers are going to choose right now to get their bats rolling. This was expected to be a pitcher's dream in Game 1, and though we got the polar opposite then, we'll get exactly what we bargained for in Game 5. Unfortunately for Lee and the faithful in Arlington, this will be the last game of the season as well, as one blunder will lead the Giants to the title.
Free World Series Picks: San Francisco Giants +165
Prediction: San Francisco 2 – Texas 0