The momentum of the Texas Rangers is unusual. They won both games 1 and 2 of the championship series at the opponent’s home base. And they are trying to drive a wedge into the World Series by featuring ace Max Scherzer, who returned from injury in the remaining third game.안전놀이터
Texas won 5-4 against the Houston Astros in Game 2 of the ‘2023 Major League’ American League Championship Series (4 wins out of 7) held at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, USA on the 17th (Korean time). Following the victory in the first game (2-0 win), they also captured the second game, leaving them two steps away from advancing to the World Series for the first time in 12 years since 2011.
From the beginning of the game, the Texas batting lineup showed off its power. He completed a big inning by scoring 4 points against opponent one-two punch Framber Valdez in the top of the first inning. Afterwards, an additional point was scored with Joner Haim’s solo shot in the top of the third inning.
Houston’s pursuit was not easy. Opposing main gun Jordan Alvarez hit multiple home runs to put pressure on Texas. A fierce battle continued until the end of the game, and closer Jose LeCluck caught all four outs and maintained the thrilling one-point victory.
The victory that day meant a lot to Texas. In the championship series, which is played with 4 wins out of 7, he took the advantageous position by winning 2 wins first. According to Sarah Langs, reporter for Major League Baseball’s official website ‘MLB.com’, Texas made the series score 2-0 and had an 84% (75/89) chance of advancing to the World Series. In addition, in the championship series, which is played in games 2-3-2, there was a 90% (26/29) probability of winning first.
Texas, riding the wave, announced Scherzer as the starting pitcher for Game 3. They are trying to continue their winning streak by using the team’s first starter and most reliable pitcher. In an interview with local reporters, Texas coach Bruce Bochy announced Scherzer’s departure for Game 3, saying, “Schuerzer is ready and we gave him confidence (that he can throw).
Scherzer is one of the major league pitchers. He recorded a total of 214 wins in the regular season, and showed off his strength in the postseason, leading the Washington Nationals to victory in the World Series in the 2019 season. The fact that this is his first official game after recovering from his injury is a variable, but much attention is being paid to whether he will show a strong performance as he is in sufficient physical condition and has received permission from club officials to participate.
Texas is trying to not only advance to the World Series in Game 3 but also write new postseason history. Currently, the team is on a 7-game winning streak since the first game of the wild card match against the Tampa Bay Rays. If they win Game 3 of the championship series, they will be on par with the all-time postseason record of 8 consecutive wins (Kansas City Royals in 2014).
Game 3 of the championship series is scheduled to be held at 9:03 a.m. on the 19th at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, USA, Texas’ home stadium. Will the team be able to take one step closer to advancing to the World Series and at the same time produce meaningful results, such as tying the postseason record for consecutive wins?