It is still a little surreal that the Texas Rangers are in the World Series. They are playing their best baseball of the season right now, and that is what it takes to make it this deep in the postseason. The same can be said for the Arizona Diamondbacks. This is not the matchup that anyone thought we would have in the World Series when the playoffs started three and a half weeks ago, but it is the one that we got and it should be an entertaining series. The Rangers disposed of the Rays, Orioles, and Astros to get here and the Diamondbacks beat the Brewers, Dodgers, and Phillies to reach the World Series. To say that these aren’t the two best teams at this point in time (not over 162) is an injustice to the postseason.
Despite all of the victories going to the road teams in the ALCS, it will be nice that the Rangers have home field advantage this time around in the World Series. The two previous times the organization has made it to the Fall Classic, they had to start out on the road. This series is going to be closer than some might think, but only in the scores and not in the overall outcome. I have the Rangers taking home their first World Series title in five games. While it would be nice to finish it off at home, there will be zero complaining from the Rangers faithful when they hoist the Commissioner's Trophy in Arizona on Wednesday. And who will be the World Series MVP? That will be Marcus Semien. He has been very cold this postseason, but is ripe for a breakout series in which he leads the stout Rangers offense.
Prediction: Texas Rangers win 4-1
The Texas Rangers are in the World Series. Okay now that we got that out of the way. Texas by all means should take care of this in a quick series. They have a deeper lineup, they have a more formidable starting pitching staff, and they have been tested against the best teams in baseball this season. Arizona is not close to being as good as Tampa, Baltimore, or Houston was. If logic applied then I would say Texas would win in four or five games.
Nothing in the history of the Texas Rangers franchise leads me to believe this will be easy. It took them till 2010 to win a single playoff series and that was after losing two chances to clinch the series at home. They had two opportunities in 2011 to win the World Series and failed both times. This team is different, but i do think they will face some adversity in this series. I wouldn't be surprised if the bullpen proves costly in a game or two. In the end I do think Texas wins. I am going to go Texas in seven. I think Bochy keeps his perfect record in game sevens and the Texas Rangers get to celebrate on their home field in front of their fans. The championship party will last throughout the entire offseason for us as fans. My prediction for MVP is Corey Seager. I think he comes through with a big series and has three home runs, and nine RBIs including a key hit in game seven.