San Francisco Giants
A day after getting absolutely destroyed in the first game of the Fall Classic, the Texas Rangers will look to bounce back in Game 2 of World Series betting action against the San Francisco Giants.
Game 1 looked to be going the way of the Rangers, especially early on when Texas took a 2-0 lead in the opening two innings. However, a pair of runs in the third tied up the score, but a six run fifth inning that featured a 3B Juan Uribe home run and a pair of errors saw the once unstoppable looking LHP Cliff Lee get chased early on. It was that frame that helped propel the Giants to a 11-7 win.
Lee was knocked around for seven runs in just 4.2 innings of work. He did strike out seven batters, but after 104 pitches and some bad luck, he was chased for his first career postseason defeat. On the other side, RHP Tim Lincecum got over a rough start to the game. He ultimately ended the evening with pedestrian numbers as well. He threw just 5.2 innings of work and allowed eight hits and four runs, striking out just three batters.
It's up to another southpaw, LHP CJ Wilson to make things right for the Rangers and take home field advantage back to Arlington for the three weekend duels. Wilson was great in the regular season, going 15-8 with a 3.35 ERA, including three complete games. In the postseason though, he is progressive getting worse. Wilson pitched 6.1 shutout innings against the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS, but he was dreadful at times against the New York Yankees in the ALCS. In two games, Wilson surrendered nine runs, eight of which were earned in just 12 innings of work. He had a K/BB ratio of just 6/6 in those starts, and he watched his ERA for the postseason rise to 3.93. This will be Wilson's first ever start against the Giants.
For those G-Men, RHP Matt Cain knows if he keeps up his postseason record, his squad will be taking a 2-0 lead into the Lone Star State on Saturday. Cain is the only man in this rotation to have not conceded a run yet in the playoffs. Manager Bruce Bochy elected to put Cain back in the No. 2 hole for this series after dropping him down to Game 3 in the NLCS against the Philadelphia Phillies. As a result, it will have been nine days since Cain made his last appearance when he held the Phils to just two hits in seven shutout innings, but in fairness to him, it was 11 days before that for his first start of the postseason against the Atlanta Braves.
The Giants really only had that one inning against the Rangers, but that's all that they needed. This offense is never going to be confused for one that will be putting this many runs on the board every single day, but it should be able to do enough against a struggling Wilson. The bottom line: Wilson isn't pitching that well. Cain is pitching out of his skulls. That's enough for us to want to back San Fran once again in Game 2.
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