The baseball gods have spoken and the Rangers aren’t very happy with what they’ve said. However, like Maine weather, just wait a minute and it could all change.
Texas enters Game 3 Saturday night down 2-0 to the Giants. This will be the first World Series game ever played in Arlington, Texas.
The gods altered all that was supposed to happen on the left coast.
The Giants averaged 4.3 runs per game during the season, ninth in the NL. They’ve scored 20 in the first two games of the Series. The Rangers’ pitchers had the fourth-best ERA in the AL at 3.93.
The Giants had the worst batting average in the NL with runners in scoring position at .248. They are hitting .500 in those situations in the first two games.
The Giants had the lowest percentage of runs scored with two outs in the majors during the season, 32 percent. In this postseason they have scored 30 of their 50 runs with two out and 13 of 20 in the World Series, including all seven in the eighth inning of Game 2.
The baseball adage is good pitching shuts down good hitting. So far in this World Series the supposed good pitching of the Rangers has been hammered by the “struggling offense” of the Giants.
Of 162 regular-season games the Giants played, 115 were decided by three or fewer runs. In this postseason they entered the World Series with seven of their playoff games decided by one run.
The baseball gods like to play these kinds of tricks on the “experts.” They also like to make 180-degree turns on a dime.
Like the fans in San Francisco, tonight’s Ranger fans will be loud and supportive. Brian Wilson, the Giant closer — the bearded wonder, said Giant fans “energize our team when we play at home.”
Texas will look for that same energy from their boot scootin’ fans.
The Rangers hit .288 at home this year, 23 points higher than on the road. They hit 93 homers in the Texas air compared to 69 elsewhere.
MVP candidate Josh Hamilton is 1 for 8 in the World Series after hitting .350 in the ALCS. He hit .390 at home this year, and the Rangers need him to feast on home cooking again.
Manager Ron Washington did not handle the pen well in Game 2. He was too reluctant to have pitchers warming up and did not have the help needed when the whole game imploded around the relievers in the eighth.
He said that he did not warm up his closer, 22-year-old Neftali Feliz, in the eighth because “that would have put him in a situation he hadn’t been in before and I wouldn’t do that to him.”
Washington meant coming in before the ninth inning of a World Series game in the middle of a big mess.
Well, Feliz is his closer and that’s exactly when he needs to come in. Washington’s lack of faith in the closer may be warranted, but there is no more time to bring the youngster along. He needs to pitch.
The baseball gods are ready in Arlington and nobody knows what they’re thinking.