ARLINGTON -- The eyes turned to the man in the towel.Cliff Lee, fresh off watching his Rangers lose Game 4 of the World Series to the Giants, 4-0, and fresh out the shower, found a crowd of reporters waiting for him at his locker in the Texas clubhouse. They wanted to ask Lee the obvious: How will he approach his start in what is now a must-win Game 5 at Rangers Ballpark on Monday night?
Lee, quickly clothed and fleet of foot, wanted no part of it. He blew through the crowd without uttering so much as a word. His game face was on already, and he did not look the least bit intimidated by the situation ahead. "Cliff's confidence is never going to waver," teammate C.J. Wilson said. "With everything he's been through in his career, he's earned the right to pitch with supreme confidence." The Rangers have supreme confidence in Lee, even though it was his Game 1 clunker that helped place them in this 1-3 bind. Before that ill-fated outing at AT&T Park, Lee had set a postseason precedent for himself that proved impossible to live up to.
- 2010 Regular Season
- Overall: 28 GS, 12-9, 3.18 ERA, 18 BB, 185 Ks
- Overall: 33 GS, 16-10, 3.43 ERA, 76 BB, 231 K
- Key stat: Major League-leading 1.003 WHIP
- Key stat: Averaging 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings in postseason
- 2010: 4 GS, 3-1, 2.51 ERA
Career: 9 GS, 7-1, 1.96 ERA
- 2010: 5 G, 4 GS, 3-1, 2.79 ERA
Career: 5 G, 4 GS, 3-1, 2.79 ERA
- At RANGERS BALLPARK
- 2010: 8 GS, 3-2, 2.94 ERA Career: 14 GS, 6-5, 5.07 ERA
- 2010: N/A Career: N/A
- Against this opponent
- 2010: 1 GS, 0-1, 11.57 ERA Career: 4 GS, 3-1, 2.83 ERA
- 2010: 1 GS, 1-0, 6.35 ERA Career: 1 GS, 1-0, 6.35 ERA
- Loves to face: Edgar Renteria (4-for-19)
Hates to face: Aubrey Huff (7-for-22, 2B, HR)
- Loves to face: Jeff Francoeur (3-for-16)
Hates to face: Vladimir Guerrero (2-for-4)
- Game breakdown
- Why he'll win: It's still the postseason, and he's still Cliff Lee.
- Why he'll win: Unlike Lee, Lincecum rebounded in Game 1.
- Pitcher beware: If Giants take same approach as Wednesday, watch out.
- Pitcher beware: Wasn't "Freak"-like at home. Now he's on Texas' turf.
- Bottom line: Still postseason ace
- Bottom line: Thrives in big games