The Texas Rangers are in the cat seat and they deserve to be where they are. They have the world's best player, the world's hottest pitcher and a bunch of other very good players and they have out classed the Yankees at every level. They seem to be the team of destiny this year and good for them. They have the Yankees right where they had the Tampa Bay Rays. Even if the Yankees come back like the Bay Rays did, they still have Cliff Lee at the end. That's a pretty good situation for them.
On the other side of the coin, the surprising Giants have a match up in their favor with Bumgarner versus Blanton. Blanton has pitched well down the stretch, but he's just a middle-of-the-road pitcher. Bumgarner is an up and coming stud whose stuff could shut down the Phillies yet again. Young pitchers like Hughes and Sanchez haven't fared well in the championship series, but Bumgarner seems to be different.
- The Giants over the Phillies: Bumgarner gets the job done and the Giants score at least three off of Blanton.
- The Yankees over the Rangers: Sabathia gives the Yankees slight hope, but it won't be enough in the end.