SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- After the Giants took Game 1, 11-7, the two teams go right back it at AT&T Park tonight for Game 2. Here are some things to watch:
* C.J. Wilson. He's been a stopper for this team all season, sporting an 11-5 record and a 3.27 ERA in 20 starts following a Texas loss. Texas won 12 of its final 14 starts by Wilson after a loss. So he's used to being in this spot and knows what to do. But he must put Game 5 of the ALCS behind him quickly. Wilson, who led the AL in walks, got into early trouble against the Yankees and struggled in his last start. Just like the Rangers, Wilson needs to bounce back.
* Right field. Will the Rangers put Vladimir Guerrero back in right field in Game 2? He looked slow to balls in the expansive AT&T Park and committed two errors -- in the same inning. Manager Ron Washington has a decision to make. He can go with David Murphy, a left-handed bat against RHP Matt Cain, and shift Nelson Cruz to shift over to his usual right field spot. While the Rangers certainly want Guerrero's bat in the lineup, they can't afford to have defensive breakdowns. Murphy helped carry this team down the stretch, batting .355 in September while Josh Hamilton was out most of the month with cracked ribs. So he can handle it. Murphy is 0-for-4 with two strikeouts against Cain (Guerrero is 0-for-3 with a strikeout, BTW). Guerrero would be a valuable pinch hitter if he's not starting and he will be the DH and cleanup hitter in all three games in Arlington.
* Early runs. This makes the list every time, but it does so for a reason. The Rangers have made it an important habit in the postseason. They got two early runs on Wednesday, which is normally enough for Cliff Lee, but the Giants roared back. Now, down 1-0 in the series, early runs become just as important. If the Rangers get on the board quickly, they can settle down and forget about Game 1.
* Elvis Andrus. He scored in the first after a single kept his hitting streak alive. He has hit safely in all 12 postseason games in which he's played, tied for third-most by a player starting his postseason career. He can tie Greg Luzinski if he gets a hit tonight. Marquis Grissom leads that exclusive list after he hit safely in 15 straight games to start his playoff career.
* Nos. 2, 3 hitters. The Giants certainly won the battle of the top of the order in Game 1. No. 2 hitter Freddy Sanchez was 4-for-5 with three doubles and Buster Posey managed a single and an RBI. Texas' Michael Young was 0-for-4 with a walk and Hamilton was 0-for-4 with a run scored and a walk. Hamilton said he felt like he found his timing in some later at-bats and Young had a solid ALCS after struggling in the ALDS. It's also worth noting that Young had some nice at-bats in terms of working the count, he just didn't get a hit. Look for both to rebound tonight.
* Bullpen. It was a struggle for the Rangers bullpen at times in Game 1. Darren O'Day gave up a three-run homer and Mark Lowe and Michael Kirkman weren't sharp. Only Alexi Ogando shined, pitching two scoreless innings with four strikeouts and one hit allowed. Lowe and Kirkman will likely be used sparingly, but O'Day is a mainstay. We'll see how he responds.
* Brian Wilson. The Giants closer came in with the bases loaded and one out in an 11-4 game. He gave up a sacrifice fly to Guerrero and then a double to Cruz that scored two runs. Normally closers come in with a fresh inning, so it would have been interesting to see how Wilson pitched if he wasn't thrust into the game with the bases loaded. But the Rangers did get some runs off him. That could give them some confidence if they see him again in a closer game tonight.
* Attitude. The Rangers have managed to strike the right balance between tightening things up after a rough loss and still staying loose and having fun. Scanning the clubhouse after Game 1, I saw the same things that have been in place all postseason. Players discussed the game and then moved on. It wasn't as if there was stunned silence or anything like that. It's just one game and the Rangers know it. Now, the puts pressure on them to win tonight and get the split before heading back to Arlington, but I think they'll come out relaxed and ready today. That's what they've done all postseason.
* Mitch Moreland. He continues to impress and was 2-for-3 with a double in Game 1.
* Matt Treanor. He's Wilson's usual catcher, so look for him to be behind the plate tonight. Bengie Molina had two hits and scored two runs in Game 1 (and threw out a runner), but Washington has stuck with his plan all postseason. That would mean Treanor catching Wilson. Treanor does a nice job with Wilson and has also managed to get on base. Watch him tonight.