2010 World Series GAME 2 - Giants 9, Rangers 0: My Top 10 Observer-ations
10. Is there anything more hopeless - more frustrating - in all of sports than watching a baseball reliever not be able to throw a $%#@^&* @&^%ing strike?! Right before our very eyes the World Series deteriorated into a Little League game where incompetent, intimidated pitchers couldn't find the plate. With two outs and nobody on the 8th, the Rangers' bullpen allowed nine consecutive Giants to reach base. In two World Series games Texas' relievers have surrendered a 6-run inning and a 7-run inning. Flat out embarrassing.
9. I said it before and I'll say it again: What the frick is Mark Lowe doing on the World Series roster? I know Dustin Nippert ain't perfect, but Lowe was underwhelming at the end of the season and through 162 games he wasn't part of the Rangers' blood, sweat and tears. In Game 1 he was horrible and tonight he came in an already disastrous 9th inning and promptly tossed a can of kerosene on the fire with a four-pitch walk and a two-run single. If we never see Lowe pitch again it will be too soon.
8. Nice outing, Derek Holland. You came in with two outs and one on in the 8th and walked three consecutive batters. Are you kidding me? How about 11 straight balls and the three walks came on 13 pitches. Unacceptable. Amateurish. That said, after Holland walks two batters on eight pitches manager Ron Washington has to yank him. Not only did Wash leave him in, he didn't have anyone warming up in the bullpen until way too late.
7. Bumped into a couple more familar faces before the game, including former Rangers' pitcher Gaylord Perry, baseball commissioner Bud Selig and even Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who was decked out in Giants' orange.
6. Best sign of the night: "Rangers Suck Giant Balls."
5. My predictions aren't always right, but I'll guarantee this: My World Series pick - Rangers in 5 - will not come true. Book it.
4. Texas sniffed a couple scoring chances, but Nelson Cruz popped out - on a 92 mph-fastball right down the pipe - with runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out in the 6th and Josh Hamilton flew out with a man on in the 7th. C.J. Wilson was good (until a blister ruptured through his Super Glue-treatment.) Matt Cain was better. The Rangers' bullpen was awful. In two World Series games Rangers' relievers have pitched 5.1 innings and allowed four walks, 11 hits and 11 runs. Vomit.
3. The Rangers almost scored in the 5th when Ian Kinsler's lead-off drive caromed off the top of the wall. Impossible. That wall is about 6 inches thick. A Major League hitter couldn't stand at home plate and hit the ball there in 1,000 swings. Maybe more.
2. The Rangers are now 0-11 all-time in San Francisco's AT&T Park. I can't explain it. But I can hate it.
1. All the moaning about pitching and walks and bullpen be damned, in the history of sports a team has never won that failed to score.