It’ll be the Rangers and Giants playing for the World Series. Did anyone see this one coming? I gotta admit, even with my immense baseball knowledge, I didn’t. San Francisco punched its ticket with a 3-2 win over the Phillies in Game 6 of the NLCS last night, getting seven shutout innings from its bullpen and a solo homer from Juan Uribe in the eighth that proved to be the game-winner. Brian Wilson finished off Philly in the ninth, catching Ryan Howard looking at a full-count breaking ball with runners on first and second to end it.
So, for the first time since 2007, the National League will be represented by a team other than the Phillies in the Fall Classic. The Giants are in for the first time since 2002, when they blew a 3-2 series lead to the Angels, including a 5-0 lead in the seventh inning of Game 6, before falling. As for the Rangers, it’ll be their first shot since entering the league as the Washington Senators in 1961. Game 1 goes Wednesday night in San Francisco, with the unbeatable Cliff Lee facing whichever starter the Giants decide to waste.