World Series prediction
Happy World Series, everyone. Here is our World Series preview, with links to my story on Cliff Lee's postseason legacy and Boz's column on what the success of the Rangers and Giants says about team-building in baseball, plus a capsule look at each team.
As for my prediction, I really ought to sit this one out, after my performance in the last round. Yeah, I hit three of the four Division Series, but whiffed badly on both LCS. But of course, I'm not going to sit this one out.
I like both of these teams, in both a fan-of-the-game and student-of-the-game sense. Both clubhouses are full of quirky characters and good stories. Both are well-managed and fundamentally sound. And both have that certain team-of-destiny feel to them.
But the fact is, the Giants have a run differential this postseason of exactly one. Yes, they outscored the Braves and Phillies in their two playoff rounds by a combined total of one run. (They were actually outscored by the Phillies.) The Rangers, facing better teams, have a run differential of 27.
The Rangers have too much offense, too much speed and, yes, too much Cliff Lee. It pains me to pick against the Giants, because they have a knack for finding a way to win, but I'm going with the Rangers in five -- with Lee winning twice.
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