Remember last season at this time?
Rangers fans were going crazy with visions of a World Series title dancing in their heads.
"The Giants? Please. They have like three guys that aren't even hitting .200. There's no way they can beat the Rangers and their powerful lineup. Besides, we have Cliff Lee."
It went something like that.
Then the Rangers ran into the pitching buzzsaw of the Giants and were beaten in 5 games, with Lee losing twice.
Now, the Rangers are facing the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, one that features two teams who are basically mirror images of each other with the Rangers pretty much winning every matchup of on-field matters, including pitching.
Neither teams' starting pitching was particularly good in their respective championship series, as the Cardinals' bullpen actually pitched more innings than their starters. The Rangers didn't get a single win by a starter and got two from reliever Alexi Ogando, who was a starter in the...