When you look over the matchup between the two teams in this year’s World Series baseball odds competition on paper, the first thing you notice is how different these two teams are. In fact, you could hardly pick two more contrasting –yet equally successful- styles play.
In order to be one of the last teams standing in the MLB playoffs both teams have had to knock off some tough teams.
The Rangers (90-72) had to beat arguably the two best teams in baseball this post season (Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees). The Giants (92-70) faced an easier team in the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS but getting past the Phillies in the NLCS was one of the hardest feats in the betting MLB playoffs action.
So head to head how do these two teams stack up?
Pitching wise, both teams are led by a very strong starting rotation but during the regular season the trio of Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Jonathan Sanchez was better and still might have the edge over their Texas counterparts. But the Rangers starting pitchers have been playing out of their minds so far this post season and with Cliff Lee yet to lose to lose a game (3-0) and sporting an ERA of .75, joined by Colby Lewis and CJ Wilson the pitching might be a wash.
At first glance this Series matchup reads like a pitcher’s duel, and it very well could be, but the Giants pitchers, facing Texas lethal lineup will have to fight a much tougher opponent than the Rangers pitchers who will face the Giants weak-hitting lineup.
The Rangers offense enters the World Series on a hot streak after torching Yankees pitching for 33 runs in 5 games.
During that series the Rangers had six batters that hit over .300 with ALCS MVP hitting .375 to lead the Rangers. The team hit well at nearly every position and left an average of just 2 runners stranded per game. And this wasn’t against a bunch of circus clowns either but rather a Cy Young winner, the winningest pitcher in playoff history and a 17-game winner in 2010.
As good as the Giants starting rotation is, the Rangers batters are simply too good to ignore. A bet on the MLB playoffs action in this matchup is going to require some thought and will probably go on the Rangers.