Yessiree Bob, it’s a classic baseball rivalry rematch for the 2010 World Series: the scrappy, bullpen-rich Giants vs. the lambasting Yankees (31 homers in their first 16 games in the tournament). The series opens tonight in Yankee Stadium, with a sketchy Tim Lincecum against an undefeated C.C. Sabathia. Absentee managers Jason Stapley (Giants) and Paul Salzgeber (Yankees) will be watching eagerly and anxiously as the league champs take the dice table field.
You can follow the action in my Live Dicecasts every night at 10 p.m. eastern right here, or check on the result the following morning. Here’s the complete, up-to-date stats on the Giants (hitting,pitching) and Yanks (hitting,pitching) heading into the Series.
My Best of 2010 Tournament has gone through the first two rounds, and the Rays, Yanks, Padres and Giants are left standing and swinging. The Red Sox, unimpaired by their injury issues that year, put on a great show and took Tampa to seven games in the second round before getting wiped out by Jeff Niemann. Other than that, the only huge surprise was the #1 seed Phillies bowing to the #8 Marlins in the first round.
Actually, I take that back. The Phillies have now lost in the first round to Florida three straight years in this thing. They may have great character on the field, but for me, they’ve sucked, and it’s one reason why doing these tournaments is such an unpredictable blast. I just posted a column on the event on the official Strat site, and my nearly-daily recaps of the games can be found on the Strat Fan Forum.