Cliff Lee vs. Tim Lincecum: A Tale of Two Pitchers

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A year ago, California "Freak Show" Tim Lincecum and "washed-up" former Cy Young winner Cliff Lee were both on the outside looking in at all the MLB post-season excitement. Now Lee and Lincecum are preparing to square off on the mound in the opening game of the 2010 World Series.

Cliff Lee has been anything but washed up during the Rangers' 2010 playoff run, showing signs of his '08 Cy Young Award-winning season. A perfect 3-0 so far in the post-season, the arm-slinger from Arkansas has been pure poetry on the mound.

STACK colleague Zac—who posted "How Cliff Lee Regained His Pitching Form" last week, as Lee and the Rangers manhandled former teammate C.C. Sabathia and the New York Yankees—discovered the secret to Lee's success thus far in the post-season. (Hint: it's all about posture.)

Meanwhile, "The Franchise" from San Fran, Tim Lincecum, who's already knocked out one former Cy Young winner (Roy Halladay), has his own secret sauce. For the full breakdown of Lincecum's pitching mechanics, check out "Join the Freak Show." You'll learn how to gain extra velocity on your own pitches.

With Lee and Linthecum on the mound for Game One, posture, poise, power and precision are all predicted to be in perfect form. Which pitcher has the advantage? Too close to call. Be sure to grab your crew and catch all the excitement tomorrow night (Wednesday, Oct. 27), at 7:30 p.m. EDT on FOX.

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