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With Lewis and AL rules, Rangers get back in WS

Posted on: October 30, 2010 9:51 pm
ARLINGTON, Texas -- This World Series looks a lot different under American League rules.

It sounds a lot different in Texas.

Or maybe it was just a lot different in Game 3 because Colby Lewis was on the mound for the Rangers.

Whatever the reason, we may now have ourselves a decent series, after Lewis and the Rangers recovered from their bad trip West and beat the Giants, 4-2, in Game 3 in Texas. The World Series stands at two games to one, still in the Giants' favor, but it looks a lot more competitive than it did when we left California.

Give credit to Lewis, the same guy who beat the Yankees twice in the AL Championship Series, including a 6-1 win in the Game 6 clincher. He's now 3-0 in four postseason starts, with a 1.71 ERA.

Lewis, who the Rangers brought back from Japan with a two-year, $5 million contract last winter, went 7 2/3 innings Saturday night, allowing solo home runs to Cody Ross and Andres Torres. He outpitched the Giants' Jonathan Sanchez, who didn't make it out of the fifth and gave up four runs.

Of course, under National League rules (which were used for the games in San Francisco), maybe Sanchez doesn't give up all those runs. Think about what happened in the second inning Saturday.

Sanchez allowed a leadoff double to Nelson Cruz, but he had two out with Cruz at third base. He walked eighth-place hitter Bengie Molina, which in an NL game would have brought up the pitcher and likely the third out.

In Game 3, with AL rules in effect, walking Molina brought up first baseman Mitch Moreland. And Moreland, after fouling off four straight two-strike pitches, rocketed a ball into the right-field seats for a three-run home run.

A Josh Hamilton home run made it 4-0 in the fifth, and then the Rangers had to survive a trip to their bullpen in the eighth and ninth. Darren O'Day, who served up Juan Uribe's home run in Game 1, retired Buster Posey with a runner on base and two out Saturday.

That brought Rangers closer Neftali Feliz into the World Series for the first time.


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Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2010 2:40 am

With Lewis and AL rules, Rangers get back in WS

Actually, the National League is the only professional league that does not use the DH.  Most NL teams do not complain about using the DH because there is usually someone on the bench who is a decent hitter.  The Giants would have had Jose Guillen to use but the neck injury (Jose and neck pain.  Somehow fitting) eliminated him from being used as a DH.

The fact is all the NL teams know they need a DH in the WS should they make it.  It's not like they changed the rules in mid-September.  Plenty of NL teams have won the WS using a DH and plenty of AL teams won batting their pitchers.  It really is a non issue.

Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2010 1:46 am

With Lewis and AL rules, Rangers get back in WS

Hey Calif what is the weather like in people would whine if some one asked you to move your car off the sidewalk. You don't have a player capable of being a DH I suspect?  DH is the way we play the game in the American League, and the last time  I checked no American League player was whining about having to leave their 330 hitter sitting so some 125 pitcher who plays maybe every  4th day can make a fool of himself. Get serious the real reason you don't like the DH is you don't have one!.By the way the Rangers DH plays out field about 3 games out of 8.........Vegashyroler....

Since: Apr 20, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2010 12:34 am

With Lewis and AL rules, Rangers get back in WS

Seriously, heck, why stop at the pitcher?  Let's just DH for everyone!  Have one group of 9 hit, and another group of 9 field.  Football has separate players for offense and defense, why can't baseball?  Why should anyone expect a baseball player to have to actually catch or throw a baseball? (end sarcasm)

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