Playoff Corey Seager is even better than the regular season version
Corey Seager is one of the best players in baseball. Even with two stints on the IL with injuries this season, he put up numbers that, minus Shohei Ohtani, would have probably garnered him the AL MVP award. And as good as he was in the regular season, Seager has seemed to step his game up to yet another level. This tracks, as he was not only a World Series champion in 2020, but won the MVP award in both the ALCS and World Series that year.
After leading the team with his bat in the Tampa Bay series, he has been leading the team with his eyes in the ALDS. In 11 plate appearances, Seager has seven walks, and five of those came in game two alone giving him a robust .727 on-base percentage. Instead of expanding his zone, Seager stays true to his approach and crushes balls that would be strikes and spits on those that aren't. He is the Rangers' best hitter, and he is showing why this postseason.
Andrew Heaney and Dane Dunning combo gives Texas Rangers another ace
The Rangers have had their share of injuries to their starting rotation this season. With Max Scherzer and Jon Gray both currently out with injuries, Texas was forced to go a different route for Game 1 of the ALDS. Many figured that it would be Dunning who would get the start (me included), but it would instead be Heaney to begin the game.
Dunning would come in to relieve Heaney after 3 2/3 innings pitched and then go two innings himself. Each pitcher allowed one run, and Dunning was credited with the victory. They went toe to toe with Baltimore's ace, Kyle Bradish, and won. The Heaney - Dunning combo, is a perfect example of the sum is greater than the parts. Together they make a formidable duo and could easily switch roles from starter to reliever, all while maintaining their usefulness as a pair.