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Jim Bowden and Kevin Kennedy preview Game 1 of the World Series. Plus, hear from Mark Kriegel.
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Welcome to the World Series game one preview brought to my brother international corporation Bryan Webber joined by our baseball analysts. -- give both the former big league skipper at GM we got you covered. Those bats we saw from our friends at Louisville slugger. Might be quiet in game one let's take a look at pitching matchup featuring all pair of aces. Cliff Lee gets the ball for the Rangers he's been dynamic this post season posting bought three you know record with a point 75 ERA. In those three victories he struck out 34 batters with just one walk. Lee won the Cy Young 2008 the Giants countered with a man they call. The freak in northern California. Two time Cy Young award winner Tim Lincecum made cameo out the pending -- Of the NLCS Lincecum to win one in the playoffs this year with a one point 93 ERA piling up thirty strikeouts and just five. Some guys here's a really tough questioning doubles that -- you which team has an advantage on the mound in game one. I listen I can't go against Cliff Lee in game one a love Lincecum no doubt about it two time Cy Young award winner. But this guy's got the most dependable delivery and Major League Baseball has got impeccable command I mean here's a guy that's made his Davis is -- wanna go through a season -- not want anybody. And he may do that next year throwing though I gotta give it to Cliff Floyd -- command on both sides of the plate he can throw his cutter -- any time mixes in that curveball great changeup to go whether it. Tough for me to go against Cliff Lee and do my thing about -- though he does have that equalize the great changeup that could neutralize a little bit of the Rangers. Bet -- like your take in the pitching matchup or think first of all one thing about Tim Lincecum that really comes out this is one of the most deceptive pitchers in Major League Baseball. With his delivery with tremendous late life now two interesting things about Lincecum when he got the September he had a new pitch to his Arsenal. That's the slider that comes in a little bit tighter harder a little bit tighter and the other thing -- Kevin pointed out it's got that great changeup to put you away but. He doesn't have the same velocity had the last two years when he won the Cy Young is that a night by the 96 is now 92. He puts the four seam fastball that -- the strike zone. One thing that's gonna be interesting to watch in this particular matchup or the Rangers. Can swing the bat hit high fastballs especially Vladimir Guerrero and Cruz will be interesting to see. They keep the Rangers is not the swing a balls out -- gets Lincecum but I am with Kevin absolutely. I'm not betting against Cliff Lee. I got the talked under the AC LS three or four times I look into his -- I see Michael Jordan Kobe Bryant and Joe Montana picked this guy is not human but he does not what the ball and -- play. It's flat out nasty he'll be with his pinpoint command control he should be the real estate business where he puts the ball -- they think what we -- against. Utley could knock down a three pointer or throw a touchdown if need be don't yet again -- -- afternoon operatic now. Alex Scott that Jack in the Box -- that senior baseball writer Ken Rosenthal the latest news and notes from northern California. What are the major decisions Bruce -- faces tonight. Is the lineup for game one against lefthander Cliff Lee and even looking ahead to -- for game two against left handers C. J. Wilson. With the Giants the lineup options are never terribly appealing which ever way you go there a couple of things in play here. Once the condition of Andris towards that left hip muscle he strained in the final game of the NLCS. If he can't go that go to right handed hitting Aaron Rowand but then maybe Edgar Renteria has the lead off. So most likely going the right handed style lineup the way they did against Cole Hamels in the first round. Also for game one we're going to see something unusual for the Rangers Vladimir Guerrero in right field. So what he has played some in the outfield and their outfield coach Gary pettis told the he takes ground balls and fly balls with the Rangers outfielders every day. So right feel good about foreign territory for Vlad the question is in this quirky right field will he have problems. Finally another thing to watch not just tonight that the entire series. Javier Lopez versus Josh Hamilton. You remember Lopez in the NLCS repeat of the shutting down Ryan Howard and Chase Utley. He's going to be called on the face Hamilton repeatedly in this series they'll be one of the more intriguing matchups as we go forward. -- again thanks very much fellows now let's break down the top matchup still watching game one. -- start would you how about the men in the dug out. Well you know we hit a sick thing about matchups we could talk about who's gonna face and get Buster Posey out who's gonna get Josh Hamilton out don't forget about Cody Ross don't forget about one your rebate. But their manager myself I think in a post season to -- most commanders say well imagine that what got me Herman Amanda same way. You really don't do that I think there's no bigger story right now and Bruce go to the way you've seen him minutes -- so far this postseason versus. When he went the last time especially against the Yankees in the World Series he's managing with a sense of urgency depending on the situation depending on the game. Even taken snatches up their early. In the last game and bring in and out -- In the middle a ballgame to put six -- of there I think that's gonna be a telling story with Bruce puts him even as lineups we change from game to game Cody Ross -- swing -- bat. All of a sudden it goes from the eighth spot in the other is an injured or you -- any moves him up the six spot so I think managing is really key here who's gonna manage was a sense of urgency. In the National League style and nationally ballpark it's the first time in how many years -- league has home field advantage. On the flip side Ron Washington I think he learned. Early in the post season. That you can't just throw a guy out this gonna do -- the -- I did it. You know during the regular season if not tell police looked nervous just what. You gotta go -- plan being you know that might be leaving your starter and -- a little bit longer -- might be used in other relievers to get the job done. The bullpen imploded on him early in the series this last point. And it came back needed a nice shots LeBron made an adjustment but I think the key thing in imagine in the nationally style -- hasn't done that really interleague play sure few games handling games. But really managing nationally style in their ballpark where could go seven games he could have to -- four games in separate sisco and that will be telling another thing is. Vlad Guerrero went -- sixteen games in the outfield. That's going to be -- When you pull the plug on valued playground it'll lead into I'd take him out. That's that's a big -- in the Giants of course play a lot of one run games so mean he's a series this is going to be close the other interesting thing. Is closely especially Cliff Lee if you're down a game a couple of runs in the seventh inning. You pinch -- for Kliff really tough call tough call right there when you pension when you take him out of the -- Jim which matchup you -- island game one well I wanna do the one match of late that Kevin would do with if he was managing the San Francisco Giants and that is. I want us in an actor Javier Lopez against Josh Hamilton and a tie game in the seventh inning because what Lopez can do. That they were able do in the ALCS against Hamilton is they've got to let it it really gets lefties out. And Josh Hamilton -- we know can hit left these. But this is an interesting guy because his arm angle will go from here to here to here and he can throw his breaking ball from this angle as well as from here. And from here which most guys can't do usually it it -- going from down local -- the breaking ball only from this spot not the case and Lopez that's gonna be interest thing. But the other matchup I think we have to pay attention to is Buster Posey against Anderson Hamilton running on the base pads remember Anderson Hamilton were seven for seven. In stolen base attempts against the Yankees. And the Rangers 122 times this year they went from first and third base they're gonna. Have to stop that aggressive base running so I like the Giants defense and both be trying to stop being aggressive base running of the Texas Rangers so. Undeniable -- plenty of compelling story lines in this World Series now let's bring in a man -- always offers a unique perspective. Perez foxsports.com. National columnist Mark Kriegel and. It's. Don't get me wrong I like the Giants nice heart nice spans. Despite anything you may have heard renteria. Is not contagious. They also have the best hair. Woodstock. Punk rock. Actually kind of remind me of the infomercial guy now and that's -- the battle of the bulge. Hander versus Bengie get up and not the Giants -- -- the better history sure I mean some history is better than nine but the Texas Rangers. At the real mr. October may answer to baseball's all time hard ass right now leader what's more. They already signing examples. Human resilience they've seen there MVP is David covering drug addict the manager tested positive for cocaine in 2009. -- somethings you just gotta try when you're 57. And did I mention that they began the season. In bankruptcy court that's the former owner Tom Hicks with the deal he signed. He's the one who should have been drug test. Finally Texas has these bats super fan. Let the team in 98. Left the White House in 2009. So take hard America by 2021. Economy should be justice watched the Texas Rangers. Okay mark thanks very much coming up -- and Jim will share their game one predictions but first let's hop on the information superhighway. And check with the computers for one of sports dotcom. They've got Ryan Fowler from one of sports back Albert through 2010. World Series simulation predictions just like our NFL and college football predictions. RM LB simulations based their predictions. On the statistical make up of the ballclub. And we're not just talking stats like batting average -- runs in earned run average were also focusing on the -- you don't see in the morning box -- in depth statistical analysis. Looking at the Rangers and -- entire body of work. We simulated the best of seven World Series 1001. Times with accuracy down to the final detail we accounted for the pitching rotations the Giants designated hitter what you versus forty matchup. And more. So in the 1001 World Series since the computer predicts. The Texas Rangers to win 61% of the time over the Giants. Not a break that down a little further I want to take a look at this graphic art detailed simulation results provide the chances of the game wrapping up and 456. And seven games. The most likely scenario -- the Rangers win the series in sixteenth 19% of the time. Giants fans will be point for a seven game series with San Fran has the best chance of winning. As for individual achievements in the fall classic. ALCS most valuable player Josh Hamilton. Continues to pound pitchers with the highest batting average in the simulation at 344. C. J. Wilson holds the best simulation earned run average in the series at 391. He's the only starter in this them with an era under four and for those who dig the long ball -- pearl hasn't slight edge over Hamilton and Nelson Cruz. For hitting the most home runs in the World Series now when you check out the World Series article on our website the simulation provides. In depth fox fourth with play by play in the option to simulate any game of the World Series yourself all of that content is free of our. So to recap the would have sports back on MLB simulation engine like the Texas Rangers. Be crowned World Series champs for 2010. For what -- sports back out I'm Ryan Fowler. Okay so the simulations that one of sports dot -- like the Rangers and six -- focus on game one particular gym which team's gonna jump out to the early lead in the best of 74. Well bright person by a group one of sports dot com audience going to be six as well I think ranger fans are gonna get -- They're gonna get the Taylor sitting here game one the that I would reported to be on Cliff Lee Anderson got a steal two bases and guess what Cruz is gonna get the RBI to win the game. I got sported two Texas Kevin you don't have to be that animated what's your prediction we. And why didn't we didn't script this I -- Rangers in six games also wouldn't even talk about this. I was gonna pick. It afforded to also oh but also for one I'll limit the Giants to one run not to the reason I think they're the Raiders are gonna score for a minute -- offense is just too deep it's the best office to me in Major League Baseball. A sort of all summer even better than the New York Yankees have long as they're helping one through nine. I don't think anybody can stop these guys even the great pitching -- Tim Lincecum. Leaves gonna shut him down to give up -- I'll say it to 41 victory for the Rangers glad. I let -- -- -- Kelly believes is now got the confidence because of that last game he's gonna get a 123 in the ninth and fear the beard. Not in game one out of the game to him since. You stole the final word you want it to the antlers again you are ready for the fall classic we'll see how game one plays out that's gonna do for this. World Series game one preview brought to my brother international corporation does -- -- dot com learn more about their award winning product for cabinet GM I'm Brian. Enjoy game one everybody. World Series opens with a one of the greatest pitching matchups in history. As Cliff Lee battles Tim Lincecum. 7:30 eastern 4:30 Pacific only on fox.