With the Texas Rangers' decisive win in Game 7 over the Houston Astros and the Arizona Diamondbacks' upset victory against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 7, the World Series stage is set. It will be a showdown between the D-Backs and the Rangers, with the D-Backs aiming for their first World Series win since 2001, and the Rangers hoping to secure their first-ever World Series victory. However, the paths to the playoffs differed for these two teams.
The Rangers secured a wild card spot towards the end of the season, while the Arizona Diamondbacks made a late-season surge, clinching a wild card spot at the last moment. Now, these two teams will meet on baseball's grandest stage.
The Diamondbacks boast a roster with a lot of young talent, including players like Corbin Carroll, Zac Gallen, and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. They have not spent a considerable amount of money on star players. In contrast, the Rangers have acquired several high-priced star players, such as the injured Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer, Corey Seager, and many others. Essentially, these two teams have very different approaches and rosters competing in this year's World Series.
So, what can we expect from this series? The majority of people online are rooting for the Diamondbacks, but they also believe that the Rangers may overpower them with their impressive talent. The D-Backs have been dominant in this postseason, with their only losses occurring in the NLCS against the Phillies. Before that, they swept the Dodgers and Brewers in the NLDS and Wild Card, showcasing their prowess on both sides of the ball. The Rangers, on the other hand, had a nearly identical playoff run, sweeping the Orioles and Rays in the ALDS and Wild Card, with their only losses coming against the Astros in the ALCS. All in all, the matchup appears evenly matched, and the outcome will likely hinge on who performs better at the right moments.
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