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2023 MLB Playoffs: Texas Rangers, Arizona Diamondbacks to meet in World Series

Both Championship Series went seven games, and both of last season's World Series teams were eliminated despite taking 3-2 series leads.

Here we will recap what has happened so far, which will also include the current series odds and World Series odds.

ALCS: #4 Texas Rangers vs. #2 Houston Astros

Game 1: Texas Wins 2-0

Game 1 was won on the back of a superb outing from Jordan Montgomery. The Texas starting pitcher went 6.1 innings of shutout baseball and allowed just five hits, while the Rangers’ offense mustered two runs to steal a game on the road.

Game 2: Texas Wins 5-4

The Rangers’ offense started quickly, building a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Another run added the third to extend their lead to 5-1. The Astros mounted a comeback, but ultimately fell short as Texas took what seemed to be a commanding 2-0 lead.

Game 3: Houston Wins 8-5

Houston came to Texas ready to play as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead through the first four innings. Texas cut into the lead with two runs in the fifth, but the Astros added another two runs in the seventh and one in the eighth, halting any comeback attempt and cutting into the series.

Game 4: Houston Wins 10-3

Once again, the Astros started early, scoring three runs in the first inning. Texas tied the game at three through the third inning, but a four run fourth inning by the Astros, highlighted by a three-run home run from Jose Abreu, broke the game open. They went on to add another three runs and went on to even the series by winning 10-3.

Game 5: Houston Wins 5-4

For the third game in a row, Houston scored the first run. It was not until a Nathaniel Lowe home run that the Rangers tied this game in the fifth inning. The Astros took the lead again in the sixth, but a three-run home run from Adolis Garcia in the Rangers’ half of the sixth put Texas in the driver seat at 4-2. 

Texas simply needed three outs to go back to Houston with a 3-2 series lead, but a three-run home run by Jose Altuve put the Astros ahead for good as they won their third consecutive game in Texas and now return home with two chances to clinch this series.

Game 6: Texas Wins 9-2

Houston again opened the scoring, but there was no looking back once the Rangers took the lead in the fourth inning thanks to a Jonah Heim two-run home run. Adolis Garcia struck out four times in the game, but he capped it off with a grand slam in the ninth inning to give the Rangers extra insurance.

Game 7: Texas Wins 11-4

After the decisive Game 6 win while facing elimination, the Rangers did it again in Game 7 with perhaps an even bigger performance. Corey Seager and Adolis Garcia both put in series MVP-caliber performances. Seager went 3-for-5 and hit a solo home run in the first inning, while Garcia went yard twice - once in the third inning and again in the eighth - and had five RBI while hitting 4-for-5.

NCLS: #6 Arizona Diamondbacks vs. #4 Philadelphia Phillies

Game 1: Philadelphia Wins 5-3

The Phillies started this series strong, scoring the first five runs and holding off a late Rangers' comeback to comfortably take a 1-0 series lead.

Game 2: Philadelphia Wins 10-0

Game 2 was basically all Philadelphia as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead through the first three innings. Four runs in both the sixth and seventh inning put this game away as Philadelphia cruised to a 2-0 series lead.

Game 3: Arizona Wins 2-1

Game 3 had a much different feel after the Phillies exploded for 10 runs in Game 2. The first six innings of this game were scoreless before the Phillies scored thanks to a wild pitch from Diamondbacks’ relief pitcher Ryan Thompson in the seventh inning.

Arizona responded with an RBI double from Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to tie the game in the seventh. Come the bottom of the ninth, it was Ketel Marte who emerged as the hero, walking this game off with an RBI single and getting the Diamondbacks back into the series.

Game 4: Arizona Wins 6-5

The Diamondbacks used their momentum from Game 3 to jump out to a 2-0 lead through the first two innings. The Phillies responded with five straight runs between the fourth and seventh innings to take a 5-2 lead.

Arizona cut the lead to 5-3 with a run in the seventh and tied the game in the bottom of the eight with a two-run home run from Alek Thomas. An RBI single from Gabriel Moreno gave them the lead for good as a quick ninth inning for the Phillies tied this series at 2-2.

Game 6: Arizona Wins 5-1

A three-run Diamondbacks second inning made the difference in this one. Tommy Pham and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit back-to-back home runs against Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola in the second inning, and Evan Longoria drove in Alek Thomas to make it 3-0. In the Phillies' half of the second, Brandon Marsh drove in JT Realmuto, but Philadelphia didn't muster any offense besides that. The first three hitters in the Phillies lineup went 0-for-9 combined.

Game 7: Arizona Wins 4-2

The Phillies led 2-1 after four innings, but their reliance on home runs came back to bite them. The Diamondbacks played with some finesse as a series of singles saw them retake the lead in the fifth, and they didn't look back as relief pitchers Ryan Thompson, Kevin Ginkel, and Paul Sewald took care of the Phillies power hitters. The Phillies best-paid hitters - Bryce Harper, Trea Turner, Kyle Schwarber, and Nick Castellanos - reached base a combined four times in Game 6 and Game 7.

Current World Series Odds

  • Arizona Diamondbacks: +150
  • Texas Rangers: -170

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