Two nights ago, just before the first pitch of the World Series, my friend Ben sent a 13-character text message.
I responded with five words.
Rangers in six. Maybe five.
That’s what you call expert analysis. I’d love to give a perfect explanation of how the Giants were able to take a 2-0 lead in this series, but I suspect the answer is far too simplistic to count as analysis. It seems to me the Giants have simply played pretty well. The first two innings and the last inning of Game 1 were a bit rocky, but otherwise they’ve hit and they’ve pitched, and those are two things the Yankees simply could not do in the ALCS.
And here’s more expert analysis: Hitting and pitching are important. I’d venture to say they’re two of the three most important parts of the game (but I’m also the guy who said Rangers in five or six, so there’s a solid chance I have no idea what I’m talking about).
One other reason I can’t give much analysis is that I saw nothing but highlights of last night’s game. I stayed home to get some work done for the weekend, and that meant no access to FOX, which meant no World Series. The box score tells a lot, though.
Matt Cain was terrific, C.J. Wilson was solid, Edgar Renteria had a big night and the Giants pounced on a Rangers bullpen that couldn’t throw strikes (shades of ALCS Game 1).
Bottom line: The Giants pitching staff allowed four hits and the Giants lineup was 4-for-9 with runners in scoring position. I’d say that’s the difference. That’s the reason the Giants are leading in the World Series while the Yankees are sitting at home. Then again, this is coming from the same guy who sent that Rangers text message two nights ago.
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