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World Series Game 3 in review

Off Game 3, I wrote about the Giants, and tied their current state of being back to some words Sandy Alderson spoke Friday. I'm loving the fact that the Giants are in the World Series - what a great story - but I'm struggling to grasp it intellectually.

--If you've watched any significant amount of the Rangers this postseason, I don't see how you could come away without loving Mitch Moreland's game. Totally knows what he's doing at the plate, as exemplified by his terrific, nine-pitch at-bat against San Francisco's Jonathan Sanchez that resulted in a three-run homer.

The Rangers have run through some highly regarded first basemen the last few years - there was Chris Davis, and then Justin Smoak - but Moreland seems to be a more complete player than Davis. Smoak has higher upside, but he went to Seattle to bring Cliff Lee to Texas.

--How about Colby Lewis? What a postseason he is putting together. You wouldn't see him as a dominant postseason starter, yet he seems to get it done with command and mound intelligence. On this night, he pretty much saved the Rangers' season.

--Much discussion in the Twitterverse when Rangers manager Ron Washington opted for Darren O'Day to go after Buster Posey with two outs in the eighth and Aubrey Huff on first. Why not go with closer Neftali Feliz for four outs? Feliz was warming up, anyway?

Washington would've gotten absolutely crushed had the Giants caught up due to that decision, and deservedly so, IMO. Feliz hadn't pitched in the first two games. Would four outs really kill him?

Yet O'Day retired Posey when he rolled over a slider, sending it to shortstop Elvis Andrus, and then Feliz dominated the Giants in a 1-2-3 ninth. Baseball America's Ben Badler argued that, since Posey struggles to hit sliders and O'Day's best pitch is a slider, Washington's call could be justified. I could see that, but in case things went poorly, do you really want to fall behind 3-0 in the World Series while your best reliever never got into the game?

--The Giants are concerned about Sanchez, whose velocity has dropped, and it's not clear Sanchez would start a Game 7 for San Francisco if one is necessary.

--My World Series Insider features some thoughts about the Yankees' catching situation, some imminent Mets roster moves and Barry Bonds.

--Good piece by David Lennon about Alderson's first 30 days on the job.

--Have a great day.

 

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