World Series Game 1: Unexpected Results

Before last night, I would not have predicted that Juan Uribe would be your 2010 World Series Game 1 MVP.  His three run homerun in the bottom of the 5th inning all but sealed the deal for the Giants, who would go on to outlast the Texas Rangers by a final score of 11-7.  Cliff Lee wasn’t good (too much time off?), giving up 6 earned runs over 4.2 innings. Tim Lincecum wasn’t much better but was saved by the Giant offensive explosion.

Heading into the series, everyone wondered whether or not the Giants would be able to score enough runs to beat the Rangers and Cliff Lee.  Well, if last night was any indication, San Fran is more than up to the challenge. Are people surprised by how easy the Giants made it look against Lee? Did anyone else fall asleep before the game ended at 11:30? Share your views.

ALCS: Cliff Lee Successful in Tryout for 2011 Yankees

At some point this winter, someone is going to construct a formula that will show just how much money Cliff Lee made himself pitching Game 3 of the ALCS.  The “soon to be free agent” was simply dominant against an overmatched,aging New York Yankee lineup.  It was such a struggle for the Yankees, and their fans, that the entire stadium stood and applauded a full count to Mark Teixeira in the bottom of the 4th inning.  More impressive than his final line (8IP, 2H, 1BB, 13K, 0ER) was the way Lee went about carving up the best lineup in baseball.  He was not so much overpowering as he was accurate.  How many Yankees couldn’t resist swinging at that 2 seamer tailing away from the strike zone?

So where do we go from here?  Early word this morning is that AJ Burnett is still scheduled to take the mound in Game 4.  We shall see if this actually happens because I’m sure Joe Girardi is feeling the pressure to go with Sabathia in game 4 and 7, if necessary.  By the way, I think the Yankees still have a great shot to win this series.