Originally written on NBC Bay Area  |  Last updated 6/28/14
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Interesting question: where does the performance of two aces -- Tim Lincecum and Cliff Lee -- in Game 1 rank in terms of the best World Series openers of the last 20 years? And yeah, you're damn right we're going to keep reminiscing about the 2010 World Series! (What you prefer with free agency closed and teams other than the Giants playing?) Big League Stew's Kevin Kaduk took a look at the last 20 World Series Game 1's and ranked them by pitcher performance -- the idea being that in the increasingly colder weather that MLB's finale is played in, the focus on bullpens in the modern era and big, hulking offenses, it's difficult to get great games out of starters in the postseason. In order to rank these games, Duk used Game Score* from Bill James (via Baseball-Reference.com) and came to the conclusion that the Lincecum/Lee matchup was pretty darn terrible, which shouldn't be that shocking considering the final 11-6 score. "There was a lot of anticipation for this matchup at this time...
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