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1130557 2999-04-26 00:00:00.0 UTC 2999-04-25T20:00:00.000-04:00 2010-10-27 02:37:10.0 UTC 2010-10-26T22:37:10.000-04:00 great-pitching-characterizes-both-world-series-teams Published 2010-10-27 11:49:38.0 UTC 2010-10-27T07:49:38.000-04:00 sports/baseball/ml DTI 67738598 SAN FRANCISCO — More than anyone, Bengie Molina knows how good the pitching should be in this World Series. That's because he spent the first half of the season catching the Giants pitchers and, after a July 1 trade, the second half catching the Rangers. "They get people out, both of them," Molina said. "So it's going to be a fun series, to see what we can do against what they can do." The show should start with tonight's opening game pairing of former Cy Young Award winners, Cliff Lee for the Rangers and Tim Lincecum for the Giants. "A hell of a matchup," Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti said. "Supposedly you've got one guy who is a surgeon and the other one who flies by the seat of his pants in a sense, but when you break it all down they're a lot alike, right? They're just good. "They pose a lot of questions, and a lot of people pay attention to what they're doing, including opposing hitters. And it makes for a great World Series." Lee's postseason legend continues to grow, as he beat the Rays twice in the division series and the Yankees once to run his career numbers to 7-0 with a 1.26 ERA in eight starts. And there's little secret to his success besides boring consistency. "I think mostly it's probably just confidence and going out there and expecting to be successful," Lee said, "and what allows me to do that is my routine." Lincecum, who is 2-1, 1.93 in his four postseason appearances (three starts), remains a bit more of a mystery, even after two NL Cy Young Awards, primarily because of an unorthodox delivery he learned from his father to maximize the power of his slight 5-foot-11, 163-pound frame. "It took a lot of time, a lot of practice, a lot of repetition to get that secondary feel," Lincecum said. "That's why it kind of just works for myself." Lee and Lincecum are just the beginning of trouble for hitters on both squads. The Rangers were third in the AL in ERA during the season, with lefty C.J. Wilson a solid No. 2 starter and a deep and strong bullpen. The Giants hold a better hand with a homegrown rotation that includes Matt Cain, Jonathan Sanchez and Madison Bumgarner and an experienced pen featuring lefty Javier Lopez and closer Brian Wilson. "The pitching on both sides is very good," said Giants outfielder Pat Burrell, the ex-Ray who also has seen both staffs. "All you've got to do is watch some of the videos to see what's been going on." Marc Topkin can be reached at topkin@sptimes.com. By Marc Topkin, Times Staff Writer Baseball,ML,Sports Great pitching characterizes both World Series teams KWOLFRUMN Pitching is expected to be the story of the World Series as the Rangers and Giants start former Cy Young Award winners in Game 1 of their best-of-seven matchup in San Francisco. 4STC Main World Series opens with a pair of aces 1 sp_ws102710 World Series opens with a pair of aces 2010-10-27 04:00:00.0 UTC 2010-10-27T00:00:00.000-04:00 false templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2010/10/26/67738598-great-pitching-characterizes-both-world-series-teams StaffArticle sports,baseballBaseballsports,baseball,mlMajor League BaseballSAN FRANCISCO — More than anyone, Bengie Molina knows how good the pitching should be in this World Series.Baseball,ML,SportsBaseball,ML,SportsMarc Topkin 380332 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:36:06.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:36:06.000-04:00 marc-topkin published 2013-02-18 17:30:43.0 UTC 2013-02-18T12:30:43.000-05:00 Marc Topkin <p>Marc Topkin has covered baseball for the <i>Times</i> since 1987 &mdash; from the lengthy effort to secure a team, to the awarding of the Tampa Bay franchise in 1995, and through each of the Rays seasons starting in 1998. He has traveled throughout the United States with the team, as well as to Canada, Venezuela, Mexico and Japan, and has covered All-Star Games and the World Series, as well as Super Bowls and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.</p> Times Staff Writer writers DTI 33745506 Marc Topkin has covered baseball for the Times since 1987 — from the lengthy effort to secure a team, to the awarding of the Tampa Bay franchise in 1995, and through each of the Rays seasons starting in 1998. He has traveled throughout the United States with the team, as well as to Canada, Venezuela, Mexico and Japan, and has covered All-Star Games and the World Series, as well as Super Bowls and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. <p>Phone: (727) 893-8801</p> <p>Email: <a href="mailto:topkin@tampabay.com">topkin@tampabay.com</a></p> <p>Blog: <a href="http://blogs.tampabay.com/rays/">The Heater</a></p> <p>Twitter: @TBTimes_Rays</p> <div style="position: absolute; left: -40px; top: -25px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;" data-mce-bogus="1" class="mcePaste" id="_mcePaste"></div> 1 /resources/images/bio-photo/2012/topkin.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/33745506-marc-topkin AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:36:06.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:36:06.000-04:00 <span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">MARC TOPKIN</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Staff Writer 2281567 2016-06-14 04:13:40.0 UTC 2 Months Ago gators-blank-fsu-advance-to-college-world-series sports/baseball/college Gators blank FSU, advance to College World Series StaffArticle 2282127 2016-06-17 18:15:15.0 UTC 2 Months Ago peter-alonso-leads-gators-into-college-world-series sports/baseball/college Peter Alonso leads Gators into College World Series (w/ video) StaffArticle 2281490 2016-06-13 16:39:19.0 UTC 2 Months Ago rays-jake-odorizzi-hopes-to-pitch-deeper-into-game sports/baseball/rays Rays' Jake Odorizzi hopes to pitch deeper into game StaffArticle <p>SAN FRANCISCO — More than anyone, Bengie Molina knows how good the pitching should be in this World Series.</p> <p>That's because he spent the first half of the season catching the Giants pitchers and, after a July 1 trade, the second half catching the Rangers.</p> <p>&quot;They get people out, both of them,&quot; Molina said. &quot;So it's going to be a fun series, to see what we can do against what they can do.&quot;</p> <p>The show should start with tonight's opening game pairing of former Cy Young Award winners, Cliff Lee for the Rangers and Tim Lincecum for the Giants.</p> <p>&quot;A hell of a matchup,&quot; Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti said. &quot;Supposedly you've got one guy who is a surgeon and the other one who flies by the seat of his pants in a sense, but when you break it all down they're a lot alike, right? They're just good.</p> <p>&quot;They pose a lot of questions, and a lot of people pay attention to what they're doing, including opposing hitters. And it makes for a great World Series.&quot;</p> <p>Lee's postseason legend continues to grow, as he beat the Rays twice in the division series and the Yankees once to run his career numbers to 7-0 with a 1.26 ERA in eight starts.</p> <p>And there's little secret to his success besides boring consistency. &quot;I think mostly it's probably just confidence and going out there and expecting to be successful,&quot; Lee said, &quot;and what allows me to do that is my routine.&quot;</p> <p>Lincecum, who is 2-1, 1.93 in his four postseason appearances (three starts), remains a bit more of a mystery, even after two NL Cy Young Awards, primarily because of an unorthodox delivery he learned from his father to maximize the power of his slight 5-foot-11, 163-pound frame.</p> <p>&quot;It took a lot of time, a lot of practice, a lot of repetition to get that secondary feel,&quot; Lincecum said. &quot;That's why it kind of just works for myself.&quot;</p> <p>Lee and Lincecum are just the beginning of trouble for hitters on both squads. The Rangers were third in the AL in ERA during the season, with lefty C.J. Wilson a solid No. 2 starter and a deep and strong bullpen. The Giants hold a better hand with a homegrown rotation that includes Matt Cain, Jonathan Sanchez and Madison Bumgarner and an experienced pen featuring lefty Javier Lopez and closer Brian Wilson.</p> <p>&quot;The pitching on both sides is very good,&quot; said Giants outfielder Pat Burrell, the ex-Ray who also has seen both staffs. &quot;All you've got to do is watch some of the videos to see what's been going on.&quot;</p> <p><i>Marc Topkin can be reached at </i><i>topkin@sptimes.com.</i></p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:49:26