Texas Rangers

San Francisco Giants

It might not be the World Series that was considered the optimal matchup, but the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants have absolutely earned the right to face off in the Fall Classic. Game 1 of this MLB betting series should be a fantastic one, and we have all of our World Series picks here at Bang the Book!

The Rangers won the American League in fine fashion, really dominating the New York Yankees in a six game triumph. Many felt as though Texas really could have won at least five of the games in this series against the Evil Empire, and with its claws in the air and antlers flying, this is certainly going to be a team to watch out for.

For the Giants, their triumph over the Philadelphia Phillies was arguably just as impressive. A pitching staff that was built for the playoff push for the Phils was decimated by the big guns from the West Coast. Many don't realize that this team has the third longest stretch of time without winning a World Series, but San Fran hopes that this streak ends this year.

LHP Cliff Lee was prepared to pitch the seventh game of the ALCS if need be, but it wasn't necessary. Lee is going to be making his fourth straight road start in these playoffs, and he has been nothing short of absolutely phenomenal. The free agent to be has only allowed two earned runs in 24 innings of work, making for a 0.75 ERA. He has at least ten Ks in all three starts and continues to strike out more and more batters every time he comes out there. Lee has gone from ten Ks in Game 1 against the Tampa Bay Rays to 11 in Game 5 of that series to 13 in Game 3 of the ALCS. More bad news for the Giants... Lee is 3-0 in three starts, including a complete game and a 1.13 ERA against San Fran in his career.

RHP Tim Lincecum has arguably been every bit as good as Lee in these playoffs, and after taking on RHP Roy Halladay twice in the NLCS, there is nothing that is going to keep this previous Cy Young Award winner down. Lincecum has a 2-1 record with a hold in four appearances in the playoffs thus far, and he has not allowed more than three earned runs in a game. The righty has 30 strikeouts against five walks, and opposing batters are only hitting .163 against him in the postseason. This is his first ever start against Texas.

Not a lot of runs are expected in this game, as this is the lowest 'total' in baseball history at a flat 5.5. Lee is looked at as the unstoppable force of this postseason, but if Lincecum was good enough to beat the man who pitched the second no hitter in baseball postseason history, he can win this one as well. At home once again, we'll back the Giants.

MLB Free Picks: San Francisco Giants +115