World Series Game 5 Odds
It’s up to Cliff Lee to rescue Texas on Monday. Oddsmakers believe that Lee will revert back to his usual postseason self on the mound, as the Rangers are listed as a -170 favorite against the +160 underdog Giants for Game 5.
It will be a repeat of Game 1, when aces Lee and Tim Lincecum of San Francisco face each other. Neither was their dominating self in the opener. However, Lincecum improved to 3-1 with the victory - allowing four runs over 5 2-3 innings. Lee was tagged for eight hits and seven runs over 4 2-3 innings in suffering his first postseason defeat.
This will be the only start for Lee in the postseason in Texas, where he did go 2-2 with a 3.08 ERA over seven starts after arriving from Seattle in the regular season. The concern won’t be whether Lee rebounds or not, it will be on scoring some runs and finding a way to get at the Giants bullpen. The Rangers have been shut out twice in the World Series – the first time since 1966 that this has happened. If Lee is successful, the Rangers will still have an uphill battle, as they would have to take two in San Francisco - where they are 0-11.
Tonight’s Game 5 has seen sportsbooks drop the over-under down significantly to a low 6.5. These two starters were involved in a Game 1 that had 18 runs. This could be a chance to cash at the window with an OVER bet. However, consider that the past two games have gone UNDER, primarily because of the lack of production at the plate for the Rangers - and the sensational pitching from the Giants' staff.
21-year-old rookie Madison Bumgarner moved the Giants to within a game of their first championship when he pitched a gem in Game 4. He allowed just three hits over eight innings, silencing the Texas fans. And it’s not just the pitching that’s pushing the Giants toward the title – Aubrey Huff and Buster Posey both belted home runs in the 4-0 win over Texas in that game.
Josh Hamilton was solid in the field for Texas, but the slugger has gone a disastrous 2 for 16 with a .125 batting average in the World Series. Vladimir Guerrero’s bat has also gone silent. If Texas wants to be the seventh team to come back from down 3-1 they will have to get runs from the guys who got them here, and pulling out two wins at AT&T Park is not going to be easy. And that’s provided they get the victory in Game 5, which is set to get underway at 7:57 p.m. ET on Fox.