The pitching rotation for the 2010 World Series has been announced. Shocker! The Texas Rangers will send Cliff Lee, who has been the dominant force in the playoffs so far with a mere 0.75 ERA (34 strikeouts and only 1 walk), to face-off against fellow Cy Young Award winner San Francisco Giants Tim Lincecum in Game 1 at AT&T Park on Wednesday. The Rangers head into the World Series with a team ERA of 2.76, and playoff opponents are batting just .208 against them. The Giants have slightly better numbers — as to be expected in the National League without a designated hitter — with a team ERA of 2.47 and .199 opponents’ batting average.
Game 2 will see the a match-up of Matt Cain for SF and reliever-turned starter CJ Wilson, who has 18 strikeouts in 18 2/3 postseason innings. When the series moves to Arlington for Game 3, the Giants will send Jonathan Sanchez to the mound against Colby Lewis, who shut down the Yankees in Game 6 and is holding opposing batters to a .172 batting average. The Giants have announced they will send Madison Bumgarner, who will likely face Tommy Hunter in Game 4.