ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers and Giants switch locations for the World Series, playing Games 3, 4 and 5 (yes, I believe there will be a Game 5) at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Here are some things to watch tonight:
* Patience. The Rangers must see pitches and stay patient at the plate. Why? Because Jonathan Sanchez led the majors in walks this season with 96 (three more than C.J. Wilson). The Rangers must force him to throw strikes and show he has his command. If they can foul pitches off and hang in, they could be able to work the counts back in their favor and force Sanchez to make a mistake.
* Colby Lewis. He is 2-0 with a 1.45 ERA this postseason, including two victories over the New York Yankees in the ALCS. Both of those came at home, so he's comfortable pitching in front of the Ranger fans in the postseason. Lewis has 11 walks and 18 strikeouts, but five of those walks came in a struggling start in Game 3 of the ALDS against Tampa Bay. The Rangers need Lewis to go deep in the game and take some pressure of a bullpen that has had issues in the playoffs.
* Big inning. The Rangers are in desperate need of one. They seemed to collect hits in bunches against the Rays and Yankees. But the San Francisco Giants pitching staff has held them down, not allowing the Rangers offense to get much momentum. They had chances to score more than one run in a few early innings against Tim Lincecum and couldn't. And Matt Cain was great once the Rangers got runners in scoring position. Texas needs a big inning -- and by big I mean three runs or so -- to get this offense going. As team, the Rangers are hitting just .227 in these playoffs. They can't do that in Game 3 and expect to win.
* Key bats have to produce. Michael Young, Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler are a combined 5-for-33 with two RBIs in the series. Hamilton, the ALCS MVP, is just 1-for-8 with no RBIs. Young and Hamilton didn't hit well against Tampa Bay and bounced back with great series against the Yankees. Cruz and Kinsler were steady up until these last two games. It's difficult to imagine all four could be held down for the entire World Series. Tonight needs to be when at least a few of them break out.
* Bullpen. It's clear so far that the Giants have a major advantage in the bullpen. Texas melted down in the eighth inning of Game 2 and couldn't hold the Giants down in Game 1. The bullpen had a 3.38 ERA in the regular season. So far through two World Series games: 18.56. Obviously, they must be better. Neftali Feliz has still not had an opportunity to pitch in a close game late since the ALDS. How will he step up if thrust into that role tonight? He had a rookie-record 40 saves in 2010 and proved he could handle tough spots. He might be in one tonight.
* Derek Holland. I single him out because all eyes will be on him when he gets back on the mound. He walked three straight batters throwing 12 balls in 13 pitches (at one point 11 straight). He had never relieved in the eighth inning of a tie game before, so he was in unfamiliar territory. As well as he pitched against the Yankees, Holland says he still has plenty of confidence. But he'll need to show it. Manager Ron Washington won't hestitate to put him back on the mound when the time comes.
* Situational hitting. The Rangers haven't done as good a job with the situational hitting as they have in the regular season. Game 2 was a prime example. Ian Kinsler's lead off double in the fifth (inches away from a homer) had him at second base with no outs. He never moved. The Rangers couldn't even get him over. An inning later with runners at second and third and one out, Texas couldn't execute to even get a run across. That's something to watch tonight.
* Baserunning. The Rangers haven't had a chance to put pressure on the Giants on the bases really very much this series. Some early baserunners at home should help give them that opportunity.
* Vladimir Guerrero. He didn't play in Game 2 with the Rangers without a DH in the NL park and in need of a better defender in right field. But he's back in his familiar cleanup spot as the DH for these three games in Arlington. That should help the entire Rangers' offense and lineup. He led this team in RBIs with 115 this season and is important just behind Hamilton.
* Home, sweet home. Young said the noise he heard in Game 6 of the ALCS was the loudest he's heard a ballpark in his career outside of the Metrodome. The Rangers will feed off that crowd again tonight in the first World Series game ever played in Arlington. That has to help the team overall.
* Attitude. This Rangers team hasn't ever given up in 2010 and I can't see them doing that now. They didn't back away from the stance that they have to win Game 3. I think they will. They seem to play better as an underdog and now they are.